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12-27-2012, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Loffer View Post
Nice to hear that the bottom six is still ok. Hope you are right. I just fear that the lack of talent there will show in critical games.
You see, there are different kinds of talent in a hockey team. The bottom six is still very talented in its two-way game and should do just fine in preventing any cheap ones going in. Like I said, it's the very reason these players made the squad, so claiming that they'll be a liability in that sense does nothing but plant one major egg on one's face. Besides, the defense is far more key in that, and it wasn't weakened a single bit, being still nothing short of impressive.

Our production in the offensive end took a minor hit with losing Aaltonen, but he was not a top-six player to begin with, and like Muuri said, more of a luxury as a third line C. The scoring units are still absolutely loaded, even more so now that they had to condense the talent. And if those top lines can't put up the necessary production required to win the games, blaming the slightly weakened third line of the outcome is badly misdirected anger.

To sum it up, Aaltonen was in a good form and definitely an asset, but by no means mission critical. Just like Ikonen and Haapala weren't, which is why they got cut. Our team still has all the necessary pieces to go far in this tournament.

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