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02-02-2013, 02:57 AM
Hurt a Smurf
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Ottawa, On.
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I wonder if Kadri is playing easy minutes now against lesser lines and 3rd pairing defenses putting him in pressure situations playing with Kessel might make him less effective.
I like the look of TO now with 3 lines all capable of providing offense but then offense hasn't been the problem with TO the last few years.
Think of how Carlyle rolled his lines during the ducks season/cup hunt. Getzlaf/Perry/Ryan played the third line under sheltered minutes so they could face the weaker lines and expose them. Kadri and Frattin have to get used too how NHL defenders generally shut you down through positioning, puck play and so on. The kids have to get used to the bottom pairings before they can play against the top pairings. It might be small strides, but they are strides that are well thought out and will greatly benefit our prospects/young players.
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