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03-29-2013, 06:21 PM
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I didn't want to clutter the prospect thread with Texas stuff:

Originally Posted by FrailSwan View Post
I kinda hope Niagara loses so he can get as much time as possible with the team before the playoffs start.

Surely he would have to go straight to the top 6, right?
No I would say he likely wouldn't. Even Reilly Smith played on the 3rd line on Tuesday when he went down. Coach Gulutzen may talk a big game about shuffling lines, but Willie Desjardins truly has proven he likes to stick with familiar lines.

I'd be surprised if these two lines are broken up (assuming all the players remain in the AHL):

Matt Fraser-Travis Morin-Colton Sceviour
Mike Hedden-Jake Dowling-Alex Chiasson

That said, Willie Desjardins is excellent about rotating 4 lines. He never panics with his rotation. It's pretty consistent one line after the other. Therefore even getting into the Bottom 6, Ritchie would see plenty of shifts.

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