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02-13-2013, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by bluesfan94 View Post
The Blues currently, for example, have three scoring lines that are also solid defensively.
That's the key right there. If your scoring lines are solid defensively, then you don't need a dedicated checking line. I, for one, am not planning on having Phil Esposito take many defensive zone draws if I can help it, even if he's linemates with a two-way guy like Alfredsson - it's just a waste of what Espo is best at.

That's why GMs make what seem like mini-reaches for top two-way centers - if your top center can take tougher defensive assignments, it frees you up to draft more scorers later.

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