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03-31-2013, 04:10 AM
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I don't understand how depth is a problem when you've generally got centers in the roles they're meant to play.

Richards is a top line center on most teams. This season he's been atrocious, but in terms of his career, he's a #1 center.

Stepan is a good #2 center. On and off this year, but again, probably a 2C on a good chunk of clubs.

JT Miller has come onto the scene as a good option as a third line center. I can't believe he didn't score against the Habs tonight. Most impressive thing about him is his physical play and his faceoff ability, two things young centers usually struggle with early and often.

Boyle can play center and does a lot.

Newbury is an OK option on the fourth line. At this point, I don't think we can afford to not play him. This team lacks grit. It desperately needs more of it. Not less. Newbury has a good track record with faceoffs, too.

It's not depth. It's lack of production. Blame it on the system, the players, whatever. The players are in the roles they're meant to play.

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