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01-06-2013, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Soli View Post
Krueger's noted that Yakupov will set up on the RW during powerplays. I don't see any good reason why he shouldn't be flying down the RW at evens with Hemsky to his left. It just seems like a no brainer to keep the gun cocked and loaded at all times.

I'm not going to venture a guess at what we'll see in the forward lineup, we'll see soon enough with training camp. But if Yakupov plays a Top-6 role, I'd imagine the other Top-6 line will have a power-vs-power aspect to it.

The blueline IMO is more clear cut. We'll see 5-2, 15-19, 6-24.
For sure. IMO it's too much to pressure on the third line to have the entire top 6 needing soft minutes. Plus, nobody wants to watch them play 20 minutes a night. Horcoff/Belanger aren't good enough to play all the tough minutes and not look like they are drowning.

But I'm not sure the team has the players to do it. Which top 6 guys are ready for some more responsibility? Which need the softest minutes? (kind of a redundant question)

My predicted line-up:

Hall - RNH - Eberle (thown more to the wolves this year)
Hartikainen - Gagner - Yakupov (sheltered)
Smyth - Horcoff - Hemsky (tough minutes)
Petrell - Belanger - Jones (responsible enough for some tough minutes)

Softest forward lineup in the league?

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