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01-21-2013, 04:16 AM
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Rakell needs to be better in order to stay, imo. It was a good first game, but if all he is now is a 4th liner I don't see the point in burning a year of his ELC. Imo, he could stay in the lineup if he's playing like a 3rd liner (even if it's on the 4th line). But otherwise you could replace him with some veteran, while Rakell gets PP/PK time in juniors and no year is burned off his ELC.

It was the same thing with Smith-Pelly last year. He was good enough to play in the NHL, but you could quite eaisly have replaced him with another physical 4th liner. But at least DSP got a lot of ice time on the 3rd line last season, Rakell probably will be stuck on the 4th line unless he somehow robs Bonino of the 2nd line center spot.

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