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02-25-2013, 05:42 PM
Mystic MacK
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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 25, and didn't play more than 32 games his first couple seasons. As soon as he did he's consistently scored at a 15-20 goal and 40+ point pace. He's got a 22 and 14 goal seasons, and a 46 and 41 point season. In 2010-11 he was scoring at the same 15 goal 40+ point rate but was limited to 57 games. Those are top six winger numbers easily, not to mention he brings other elements to make his line better.

The concern with Downie is can he stay healthy, not does he put up enough offense to warrant playing on the top lines.

You can't get hung up on this 2nd/3rd line tweener definition. That's way too broad a definition, and covers guys much worse than him. It's not really a fair label with it's connotation. He can and has played well with highly skilled players like Stamkos, and Duchene, and can also play well with more meat and potatoes guys like O'Reilly and Landy. He's very versatile, and way more naturally talented and smart offensively than most guys that play that pest role.

You can replace him, just like you can replace anyone, but you're most likely only going to replace one element of his game. Whether it's his pest role, or his 40+ point offense, or his highly physical play.

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