Thread: Line Combos: 2013 Line Combos Thread II
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02-21-2013, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Blizzard6411 View Post
At the risk of being repetitive.....why is Brodziak out of this discussion? Is it possible to be sooooo meaningless that it actually ends up working in your favor?
Cullen can play all three lines.
Granlund can play lines two and four.
Brodziak can play lines three and four.

So, if we accept the fact that Yeo doesn't think Granlund can play top six yet, or needs to learn the physical aspect of the game for now, that means he has to play on the third or fourth. The third line is more of a shutdown grinding line. Granlund isn't ready to shut down other teams yet. Therefore, he's forced onto the fourth line.

Since Brodziak should only play in a bottom six role, and Granlund has the fourth line locked down, (and Brodziak is clearly better defensively), he gets the third line by default.

Which then leaves Cullen to play the second line by default.

However, once Yeo thinks Granlund can play second line center full time, he gets moved up, and IF Brodziak is still struggling, and Konopka is still getting scratched, and our AHL wingers are still here, then Cullen could slot into the third line, with Brodziak sliding to the fourth.

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