Thread: Injury Report: 2012-2013 Injury Thread
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02-25-2013, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by ABasin View Post
1st/2nd line guys need to score, regardless of what else they do. Downie has scored 15 or more goals only once in his career.

He's a 2nd/3rd line tweener, IMO.
Downie puts up plenty of points to be considered a 2nd line player (he is a 40-45 point player). Part of the reason Downie doesn't score more is that he gets injured or suspended too much, and has to get back in the flow of the game. If players have to score 20 goals to be considered a 2nd line player then we eliminate obvious top 6 players like Voracek, Wheeler, PAP, Oshie, etc. People have just too high of expectations of what constitutes a top 6 player. 15g 25a is easily a top 6 wing on most teams. Downie is one of those rare 40 point players too, every time he is on a line with a good center that center's points have a serious uptick. Downie tends to be one of those really good advanced statistics players.

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