Thread: Value of: Ales Hemsky at the Deadline
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03-08-2013, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Honour Over Glory View Post
Mike Richards is a 2nd line Center. For a brief stretch he was a 1st line C, not sure how that's hard to understand. He's not even a 1st line C on the Kings and there's a reason why, Kopitar is a better player than he is. If he was better, then he would be.

An all around player that puts up 60pts is a decent 2nd line C, nothing wrong with that. That's like saying Stephen Weiss is a 1st line C.
Again, I disagree. Yes, Kopitar is the Kings first line center. He's also a top 10 forward in the world. Richards, on most teams, is a first line center. Saying he isn't because Kopitar plays above him is bogus. By the same logic, Malkin is a second line player because Crosby is better. A player that puts up that many points on a team that doesn't score is not a second line center. You might want to check the stats on the top 30 scoring centers last year.

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