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02-21-2013, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by ponder View Post
Does anyone remember their playoff lineup? I believe it was:

Byfuglien - Toews - Kane
Brouwer - Sharp - Hossa
Ladd - Bolland - Versteeg
Eager - Madden - Kopecky

Keith - Seabrook
Campbell - Hjalmarsson
Sopel - Hendry

This is mostly correct, but Kopecky played more on the 2nd line than Brouwer. From my memory, Brouwer played on the 1st line with Toews and Kane for the 1st round while Buff was back on D because Campbell was injured. After that, Brouwer's play fell off (probably partially because his father was very ill), and he was mostly a 4th liner. As I'm sure most remember, about halfway through the Finals Q took Buff off of the 1st line. He was also a major in-game line juggler...if the team wasn't generating a lot of offence he would start mixing up the 1st 3 lines, which is a testament to how deep that team was.

Someone earlier said Ladd-Bolland-Versteeg would be a 1st line on some teams...the number of teams for which that is true is probably very low, but I think they would be an above average 2nd line. So basically they had a high-end first line, an average to below average 1st line, an above average second line, and a high-end 4th line that year. Campbell was also probably the best #3 in the entire league. Madden and Sopel to supply some veteran wisdom and be PK specialists were also important pieces to that puzzle.

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