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02-25-2013, 06:40 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.
He's not asked to score goals, he's never really been a goal scorer at any level. I don't think he profiles as a third liner simply because he's too good. He's hurt a lot, but he's always put up pretty decent point numbers when he's playing,

I think he's a second liner, and if he were to play a full season he'd probably be in the fifty to fifty five point range.

Skill-wise, he is a second liner. That said, I don't think he'll ever have a problem slotting in almost anywhere in the lineup. He's played from the first to the fourth line in his career (remember, when he was with Tampa he played on a line with Stamkos) and can adapt to the players around him. That said, he's a complementary player, not someone you build a line around.

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