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12-12-2012, 10:29 AM
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BLASPHEMOUS
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Originally Posted by Mr Writer View Post
Canadians got to get over this philosophy/mindset of a team is built around a top 6 and a bottom 6. How about a Top 12 and the 4th line players who have skill but can adapt to slightly different roles, otherwise this Top 6 Bottom 6 setup is nothing more than a glorified club team..... and when Canada was sending club teams to this tournament prior to 1981 in the days before the national team was selected, how did we do?
I agree 100%. Have people forgotten what kind of lineup Canada last won the WJC's with? You had Tavares, Hodgson, Eberle, Boychuk, Esposito and DiDomenico on the first two lines. The bottom two lines had the likes of Tyler Ennis, Evander Kane and Jamie Benn, all primarily offensive players who adapted to playing a two-way role because they have the talent and the system to support them. Note that the team was selected by a former NHL coach in Pat Quinn. There were close calls in the tourney, but that team had the scoring depth to provide a constant threat to opponents and, ultimately, scored when it mattered.

I want to get back to that idea of three lines worth of scorers. Teams are not afraid of top-to-bottom physicality: Russia sure as hell doesn't give a crap about that. This is especially true on big ice.

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