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01-30-2013, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by KreiMeARiver View Post
This pretty much sums up my feelings on Hagelin. Nice job.

We have a lot of guys that struggle mightily with consistency. It's been a problem for a long time. If we rely only on the big 3, we are F'd. We need those guys to contribute on the regular.
You guys are misguided. Not many players who aren't stars ARE consistent. If they were, they'd produce more and be stars. Hagelin will never be a regular contributor. He'll probably put up 35-40 points a year and have stretches where he scores in bunches and stretches where he's invisible. Same for Boyle, Kreider, Stepan and everyone outside of the big 3. They will never become consistent, unless they're taking the next step to becoming a star player. That's not the answer either. The need is to have enough inconsistent guys with the potential to produce so that there's always a couple of guys who ARE producing when the others go through their droughts. The Hagelins and Anisimovs and Dubinskys of the world don't become consistent players. They're complimentary players because of their inconsistency. Right now, Boyle and Pyatt and Ferriero are not enough threats offensively to really give us the depth we need in order to always have someone who is hot. Kreider looking like he needs some time might be a blow as well if he doesn't look better when he returns to the lineup. If those guys were all locks for 30-35 points (82 game trajectory) than it wouldn't matter which guys out of Stepan, Hagelin, Kreider, Boyle, Pyatt, Ferriero were cold because at least two would usually be hot in addition to the big three. The problem is that Boyle, Pyatt, Ferriero and, for now, Kreider, don't even provide the offense of an inconsistent guy like Hagelin or Dubinsky or Anisimov. The result is that with Hagelin and Stepan struggling, there's NO ONE outside of the big three. The answer isn't guys like Hagelin becoming consistent though (Stepan might make that step one day as he is still young and has the potential to be a star/first line player), it's adding to the offensive depth that is simply too thin right now.

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