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01-21-2013, 11:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike Liut View Post
Can Tarasenko be on the level of Stamkos and Taverez?
Not sure I understand exactly what you mean, but the answer is probably no. Tavares and Stamkos are centers, so it is very difficult to draw comparisons between them and Tarasenko.

If you are talking about point totals, then the issue that Tarasenko is going to have is the fact we don't have a center with first line offensive abilities.

The Hitchcock system is probably the most interesting aspect. Our team is so young when he came in preaching about defensive responsibility, and the team proved capable of that. That becomes second nature at a point, and they become better at reading offensive plays within that. I don't see any real reason that we aren't going to end the season averaging right around 3 goals per game, compared to just over 2.5 last season. Long term, I don't really think that has a big impact on his numbers.

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