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04-18-2013, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Perro View Post
IF he were ready no way I would want him on a thrid line role. Third line needs to be defensive and big. Third line needs to be the line that is out when the facoff is in our own end so that the top line can play when it isn't.
This is from the days of the third line being the dedicated checking, or defensive line. Lines change all the time, and DS has shown a lot of faith in most players on this team to be out there in those situations. Frankly, as long as Stoll is out there for the draw, that's usually as far as DS goes in really worrying about the situation of a defensive draw (unless it's late in the game or at a critical point, when he may send out two or three centres). Guys like Lewis and Richardson have been on the 3rd line this season, and neither are big (granted, bigger than Kozun, but who isn't). It's not all about size.

Sometimes a little speed and jam on those checking assignments is big, getting to loose pucks quicker, getting out to the point quicker. If Kozun wants to make it in this league, he'll need to start on the 3rd line and I think he's capable, unlike you or the writer. A guy like Larose is a prime example.

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