Thread: Line Combos: 2013 Line Combos Thread II
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02-07-2013, 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Beegoalie View Post
Maybe for a game..then what?? Look at James Sheppard. Granlund won't get better scratching or playing 4th line. He has to play with talented players to get him confidence to use his abilities. Which right now are good enough for a top 6 role. His physical gifts however probably limit him to wing until he figures that part out.

Still though doesn't make sense to me scratching him when there are clearly other options easily scratch able.

Sheppard and Granlund were in different situations completely.

Lemaire did not want Sheppard on the roster, Risebrough didn't want to bring in another player. Lemaire put Sheppard on the fourth line with Derek Boogaard, Chris Simon, and Todd Fedoruk. He played him 10 minutes per game. Shep didn't see the AHL at all.

Granlund was put as second line center right away. He was excellent in the AHL. He's been getting 15 minutes of ice time per game including the PP. He was playing with top six players every game of the year.

Let's talk about this if Granlund continues to watch games from the press box or play on the fourth line with Rupp and Konopka.

It's one game.

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