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02-06-2013, 11:45 AM
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Getzo5
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Can Zubrus play on the top line and be efficient? Yes, but that doesn`t make him a top line player, per se.

Certain players play on the top line because they:

A) have a good streak going; ride the hot hand, why not
B) found some chemistry with other players on the top line/compliment their new linemates well
C) there`s no one else to play there so the most effective bottom six guy gets the spot

None of that means they should be considered a top line player. When you get one, he should easily replace the filler and outproduce him in the larger sample size. Consistency and longevity is the key. Let`s wait and see if he can get there, but I`m skeptical, for obvious reasons.

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