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01-09-2013, 04:25 PM
Nothing As It Seems
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Callahan can play a third line role and still score 25+ because he'll still play 20+ minutes a night. Everyone gets all knee-jerk offended when the notion of Callahan playing on the "third line" is brought up when it's a very real possibility and might be the best configuration for our lineup. Callahan scores a lot of goals on the PP (I believe 50% of his goals are PPG, not sure) so we keep him on the #1 PP unit where he continues to produce and then he needs another 10+ goals at ES, which isn't really that unfathomable even on the third line (talking about 82 game projection even though it's a shortened season). The problem is more that Pyatt and Boyle don't round out a good line for Callahan. I like Pyatt, but if Hrivik was ready, for example, because Hrivik has hands and is a very good passer, then a lineup like:

Hagelin - Richards - Nash
Kreider - Stepan - Gaborik
Hrivik - Boyle - Callahan

becomes a very, very good team. Hagelin and Richards have chemistry and everyone is counting on playing Nash with Richards. Stepan and Gaborik work well together and Kreider is most likely going to see top six minutes like he did in the playoffs. Hrivik is a defensively responsible player who would allow that third line to be a very, very good shutdown line but also has very slick hands and good passing vision, which would help Callahan stay productive at ES. Add top PP minutes with Richards, Nash, Del Zotto, etc. and the inevitable short handed point or two playing big PK minutes and Callahan continues to get the most overall ice time among our forwards without seeing too big of a dip in his production at all, IMO.

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