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02-11-2013, 12:17 PM
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Rochester, MI
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I think because of Brunner speed, something Hudler has almost none of earned him a spot in the top 6. Hudler put up points in the top 6 no doubt, but right off the get go Hudler was getting PP time and wasnt doing anything with it either. Brunner is playing with good line mates but hes not riding their coattails, the guy is creating offense as well.
The fact that he has shown without knowing the system he can step in and contribute like this and help create offense is something Hudler didnt do when he came back at first. Brunner has taken his opportunity and ran with it big time
It's all about skating. No one would've said anything about Hudler's size if he could skate even close to Brunner. The biggest problem with Hudler in the top 6 is the matchup, especially since the Wings don't have a lot of size up front anyway. If Hudler were playing with Getzlaf and Perry, I don't think it would be such an issue.
I'm sure Hudler would've put up better numbers had he played in the top 6 more, I'm just not sure it would've translated into more wins.
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