Episode IX|The Off-Season Thread|It's... still the offseason.
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12-23-2012, 10:08 AM
Join Date: Sep 2007
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No way in hell does Niskanen play in the top-4 while Gonch doesn't. Gonch has good chemistry with Orpik, he played with him for like 5 years. And Niskanen has always been the 5th D, we don't know if he will be able to handle a top-4 role. Gonchar will be able to handle that. Niskanen is a very steady D, but people are riding his jock so hard here. Yes, he could probably be a 2nd pair D, but putting him in front of Gonchar...just no.
Niskanen played a lot in the top 4 last season and did just fine. I wouldn't be against giving him more responsibility, and giving Sarge the easy mins to keep him fresh.
Gonchar now is not the same one that was here 2 years ago. I wouldn't want him playing 20+ mins a game.
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