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01-07-2013, 01:21 AM
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Originally Posted by PG Canuck View Post
Yes, he would keep Kadri on the second line if he produced, but Kadri likely wouldn't even get a shot. If he did, it wouldn't take long before he gets yanked off the second line. AV likes to slowly groom his younger guys, and have them earn their minutes and a chance at a promotion up the lines. IMO, Kassian would get a shot on the second line long before Kadri would.
I don't think Kadri is any worse than Schroeder defensively and AV may not have the luxury to wait forever for the younger guys. With a tighter salary cap, you have to get meaningful contributions from guys on entry level contracts. Once Kesler returns, Kadri could be moved to the wing where he has less defensive responsibility.

Our last 2 playoff series were similar in that our offense sputtered and died with injuries to key front line players. Some offensive scoring depth might have got us past the Kings in the first round last year.

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