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02-07-2013, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by misfit View Post
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.
In that list I'd say that the only #3's I'd rank clearly ahead of Belanger are Filppula and Stoll.

Sobotka and Kruger are both young. Neither has really established themselves yet. Handzus and Gaustad are not really any better than Belanger, and Gaustad's contract is awful.

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