Acq/ Rost. Bldg./ Cap Part XVI
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01-23-2013, 01:59 PM
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Laich is not a center regardless of what Mcphee says. He doesn't have the smarts or the strength to play center. He also scored a lot less points playing center than wing. If he's back at wing and playing to his 55 point potential, he slots higher than Chimera on the depth chart. Is that hard to follow?
If he's playing at 55 point potential, he's not a 3rd liner. He would very obviously fill one of the holes in the top six at that point. I can understand the logic of moving him away from center to play on a line that (theoretically) sees more ice time, but to move him away from center and keep him in the bottom six doesn't make sense.
But, his point decline didn't happen at even strength. It happened on the power play. During his high production years, he was feasting on PP points. His ES lines for the past for years have remained consistent. Playing center didn't really impact those totals.
It's his powerplay production that has declined in the past two years. He saw significantly less PP time last year than he did the previous three (due to the acquisition of Brouwer). And our powerplay has also been functioning at a lower rate in each of the past two than the two before. If he's restored his role on the top powerplay unit, and it functions at >20% again, his point totals will likely climb.
And potting around 40 points is actually pretty darn excellent production for a 3rd line center.
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