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03-17-2013, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by EbonyRaptor View Post
The Hawks may have a glut of centers, but none of them are either (1) 2nd line center quality or (2) ready for a 2C role at the NHL level.

Pirri: 2nd line quality offensively but apparently not ready for defensive responsibilities.
Shaw: 3/4 center or winger.
Kruger: 3/4 center.
Teravainen: currently playing LW and not ready for 2C at NHL level.
Danault: more of a 3C.
McNeill: more of a 4C or winger at NHL level.
KHayes: played LW for Boston College and not ready for NHL.
JHayes: recently converted to center but with his skating it's doubtful he will ever be good enough for 2C role.

Keeping Bolland at 2C next season might give Pirri enough time to get ready to be 2C in 2014/15. The Hawks need a second guy to win faceoffs though - whether it's 2C, 3C or 4C.
You're not going to have a perfect solution for every spot in the lineup. That's just not possible with today's NHL and the salary cap. Does Danault seem to be more of a 3rd line center? From what we know now... sure....but these guys haven't played together yet. We really don't know what will or won't work until he's given a chance. Same with Pirri.

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