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02-07-2013, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by russ99 View Post
He's an average 4th, not a good 3rd. Look at the #3 and 4 centers of the Western Conference playoff teams last year and tell me if Belanger measures up, especially after last year. We need a Bolland-like player on the 3rd line to contend.
VAN - Lapierre/Malhotra
STL - Sobotka/Nichol
PHX - Gordon/Langkow/Chipchura
NSH - Gaustad/Spaling
DET - Filppula/Abdelkader/Emmerton
CHI - Kruger/Bollig/Morrison
SJS - Handzus/Dejardins/Moore
LAK - Stoll/Fraser

Belanger is probably among the lower half of those #3s, but I'd put him up against every single one of the #4s. I'd also love a Bolland player for the 3rd line, just as I'm sure the Blackhawks would, but he was their #2C once they smartened up and put Kane back at RW.

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