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02-06-2013, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Boom Boom Anton View Post
His game hasn't really been suited to a bottom 6 role (if your 3rd line is a defensive line) either as that was tried some under Maurice. So in Carolina, it was either top 6 or nothing. Not that he can't change that, but grit, defensive play and going into the dirty areas haven't been his game thus far.
Those were part of his game in junior, though. It's part of what made him a first-round pick. He was one of the safest bets to reach the NHL from his draft class, mainly because he has a versatile game that could translate to the NHL. So, it's there. We just need to bring it out of him.

Overall, I like him as a winger for Sutter's line next year. I'd like to see him replace either Cooke or Kennedy there, with Tangradi or Jeffrey taking the other spot.

Furthermore, I'm not even dissatisfied with his game on the Malkin line. I just know they won't give much him more time there. Bylsma's MO isn't patience with guys who don't light it up right away.

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