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04-09-2013, 03:37 PM
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Hawkey Town 18
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Chicago's Versatility

One thing I would like people to note about my team is that because of the way the forward lines have been put together, there is a lot of room to juggle players between lines to get favorable matchups. The main reason for this is that the defensive conscience/glue guy on each line alternates from LW to RW. Here are the lines as they stand right now...

Woody Dumart - Doug Gilmour - Mike Bossy
Paul Thompson - Frank Fredrickson - Bob Nevin
Gilles Tremblay - Ivan Hlinka - John MacLean
Dennis Hull - Craig Conroy - Ryan Kesler

For Example: You could easily put together an uber-shutdown line by switching Nevin and Bossy. By doing that you also get a more offensive line with Thompson - Fredickson - Bossy that still has 3 plus defensive players (although no one that is very good defensively). If you did want a very good defensive player on that line you could easily switch Thompson and Tremblay, and still have a plenty of offense coming from the Fredrickson - Bossy duo, while boosting the offense of the 3rd line.

We are almost never going to have more offensive firepower than our opponents (which isn't surprising coming from a defensive-minded team built around an elite goalie), so getting favorable matchups will likely be a big factor in our success. With a high end coach like Hap Day, most of the time Chicago will be able to take advantage of this versatility and get the matchups they want.

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