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03-30-2013, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Aries56 View Post
Something to keep in mind, Antro played a good chunk of the season on the second line with Kane. His 11 assists almost all came from goals from Kane. Also, 7 of his points (almost half) came from a 5 game stint. That leaves him with 2 goals and 6 assists over 30 games.

That's not much offensively considering he also plays on the second PP unit and is averaging just under 2 minutes a game of PP time.
Yeah, no he did not, and no they did not. I am having trouble finding the stats, but he played like 3-4 games with Kane. And that 5 game stint where he scored 7 points was NOT with Kane.

Kane is so vastly overrated thanks to his speed and shot and Antropov is so vastly underrated thanks to his lack of speed and shot it is not even funny.

He's a 3rd liner. You don't expect 3rd liners to score every game. They are going to be streaky. If he was consistent he would not be a 3rd liner. You can do that with basically any 3rd liner in the league. Are people expecting 20g, 50pt production out of the 3rd line?

Even when he is not scoring Antropov's line has often been the most effective, even with snakebitten Tangradi and basically useless Wellwood. We build a real 3rd line around Antropov and some of the streakiness will dissappear. He is the key to us having even a 3rd line this year.

Seriously, name me a 3rd line in the NHL Antropov does not improve. It simply cannot be done.

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