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12-31-2012, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by DropkickQuinn View Post
Good third line centres are hard to find, and are essential to winning teams. Look at the last several Stanley Cup finalists: Stoll, Henrique, Kelly, Malhotra, Staal, Filpula, Pahlsson, Vermette are/were all very good 3C's. Id take a good 3C if I were drafting in the 10-15 range
They are important but they are cheaper to find than first or second line centers. With the exception of Staal (only a third line center due to his team's depth chart) and Malhotra, all were drafted outside the first line. Compare that to first and second line centers where 14 out of 24 were drafted in the first round. (Malkin (twice), Crosby (twice), Giroux (or was it Carter?), Kopitar, Richards (twice), Sedin, Kesler, Toews, Spezza, Getzlaf and Zajac.

And of course, the biggest problem is that Lazar isn't a lock to become any thing, even a third line center. He may have the tools and drive to become a 3C if his offence doesn't make it to the NHL but he isn't one yet. If you want to use 10-20 pick to get a third line center, why not just trade it? Some other team will gladly use that pick.

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