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02-13-2013, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Writer View Post
My idea is to put my most accomplished and experienced centers at center. Playing center carries the most defensive responsibilities, so for a player like Stamkos (as as gifted of a sniper he is) will have to match up against every team's 2nd center. (at the Olympics every center on every team should be elite.) I think there'll be less challenges for Staal playing 2nd line center than Stamkos...That was my idea...we'll see how it goes. Again, I don't want too many players playing out of position. So, I see that side of the reasoning as well.
I wouldn't worry about Stamkos at centre. No other country can throw out four elite centres, and realistically none of them can even send out three. I wouldn't want Stamkos out against Malkin, but other than that he can be used in pretty favourable matchups.

Originally Posted by 86Habs View Post
I'd still really like to see Stamkos at center - he's always played there, he's comfortable there, and he's had fantastic chemistry with St. Louis playing on his RW throughout his career. I don't recall Stamkos ever playing wing (power play time notwithstanding; a Crosby-Stamkos combo on the PP would be lethal). MSL would obviously make my team right now too, and if he's playing at this level come December he should be a lock, IMO.
I agree on keeping Stamkos at centre, but I do think he has a bit of wing experience. I believe at the 2009 WCs he played with Spezza and St. Louis, with Spezza at centre, and was quite successful.

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