Thread: Line Combos: 2013 Line Combos Thread II
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02-21-2013, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Gaps View Post
When it comes to the team's best interest, it doesn't really matter who centers the 4th line for 8 minutes tonight against the Oilers, but in the long run against other teams it could matter. So burying Granlund there semi-permanently shouldn't even be considered.

Im not sure I understand the concept that he is being "buried" on the fourth line. Granlund's strength is his ability to slow the game down and see things that others can't. He needs to be developing this skill against NHL talent, otherwise we will be doing the same thing with him next year. On the fourth line the wild can manage his ice time and give him sheltered minutes that will allow him to develop without as much pressure. It also adds another dynamic to that 4th line.

As he gets better the kid will slowly take over the second line center (or winger) role. He just needs to develop habits (i.e. moving his feet at all times) that will help him get the time and space he needs.

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