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12-06-2012, 07:43 PM
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Historically, Habs 1st lines have been composed of players like Bulis, Zednik, Pouliot, Moen, D'Agostini, etc. Plekanec was playing with White and Staubitz down the stretch. Eller was playing with Moen, Bourque, Palushaj, etc.
Moen, D'Agostini, Pouliot and Bulis didn't play for extended periods on the first line, if at all.
Our real first line wingers in the last decade were : prime Higgins (25g two way scorer, prime Ryder (streaky but effective 30g scorer), Kovalev (better than any winger we have right now), AKostitsyn (who was good in a purely offensive role, not as a glorified grinder. he should have kept focusing on offense instead of big hits) and Cammalleri (a legit first liner). Zednik in his prime was actually a pretty good player, he was definitely one of the most exciting Habs in the early 2000s and would be very useful on our current team. We always had at least 2 of these guys on the team.
While some of these guys are not what would could describe as strong first liner but virtually nobody would have penned Cole and Pacioretty as strong first liners before last year either.
At least don't claim Koivu and Plekanec had no wingers to play with while Desharnais benefitted from superstars. Pacioretty was a 4th year player in the NHL who had never scored more than 20g at any level while Cole was a 32yr old who scored 30g once, half a decade ago playing with a 100pts scoring Eric Staal.
Its a pretty sad exercise to find reasons and excuses to put down a player in order to bring one up. I keep hearing the same tired and very specific statistic arguments that are only used one way.
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