Where's the grit?
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02-01-2013, 01:03 AM
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I don't think the team needs to add a skilled, gritty guy. It would be great, but not necessary. Just getting a guy who is tough and physical and has some decent hands would be a plus. Put him on a line with Backlund and Baertschi, where the 3rd forward would create space for the youngsters and clog up the front of the net.
It's not always necessary to have all 3 players on a line being highly skilled. Sometimes it helps to have a solid role player on a line that will do the dirty work, like Colin Patterson did when he played with Gilmour and Loob. Glencross played a similar role early in his Flames career, but has developed more skill over time.
Or look at what Vancouver has done. They've put Burrows and now Kassian on a line with the Sedins. Both players are gritty forwards with some skill (I wouldn't call either them overly skilled players), but they do the dirty work in the corners and get to the front of the net, thus freeing up space for the Sedins to work.
Yes but with Kesler they have 3 skilled guys that can grind if need be we don't have that by adding 4th liners we take the risk of getting stupid penalties and have nothing to show for it but a few extra hits.
The canucks run an effective system because of the skilled players and the gritty players know what to do, this offseason we added the players that create that skill foundation (Hudler,Cervenka,Widemen) but the problem is we need a big center (a Kesler) to fall in so we can run two skilled players with a gritty player.
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