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11-29-2012, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
I don't want my 3rd line center being a specialist. I don't want any of my 3rd liners being specialists. Hell, I barely want ANY of my forwards to be a specialist, unless it's a high end offensive one. I can accept it a little more for a 4th liner. For 3rd liners, I want them to be able to be on the attack, wear down their opponents, put up around 30-40 points, and yes, of course play responsible defensive hockey. The first two don't happen if they start 70% of their shifts in the defensive zone.
This utopia where the top 9 is a balanced force that is always keeping its opponents on their toes is pure fantasy.

Brian Boyle evolved into a very good shut-down type of guy over the course of last season. He begins most of his shifts in the defensive zone because the coach trusts him to get the job done there above any other center on the team, and with good reason. Richards and Stepan leave a lot to be desired on the defensive side of the puck.

I guess if Boyle scored 4 more points, and started more shifts in the offensive zone, he wouldnt be a "specialist" (still not entirely clear re: what what means).

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