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01-10-2013, 12:31 PM
Can't Beat Him
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Washington, DC
Originally Posted by
Boom Boom Geoffrion
You want Kreider playing in our top-6 but not Callahan. I can't agree with this at all.
In my opinion, Callahan is our best all-around forward. You break down his production, and all the little things he does, and he's someone that you can put on the ice against anyone, in any situation. You can't say that about the rest of our forwards. Richards has never been great defensively. Gaborik and Nash aren't known for their defensive play.
I don't look at it as Player A is best suited on this type of line. I look at it as, this player is our best option compared to the rest of our forwards. I don't see a better all-around RW on our team that can play in any situation.
Callahan is too good to play on the third line. He's too valuable to be used primarily as a defensive specialist, or an energy guy.
Years later, our captain is still being underrated.
You might turn Kreider into a 20-goal scorer by playing him with Callahan and Stepan. On top of that, Hagelin would likely coax more offense out of Boyle and Pyatt than would Kreider, as Hagelin is pretty slick and can dish the puck well.
It's just pain.
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