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04-28-2013, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
This will certainly be a new role for Beliveau, who likely saw the easiest defensive assignments in Montreal with Henri Richard and Ken Mosdell the 2nd and 3rd line centers for his first Cup, with Ralph Backstrom and Phil Goyette replacing Mosdell for most of Beliveau's time there.

But I guess that's the norm for this division.
You're right, he definitely did always have great checkers on his squad. He did have checking skills though and was pretty good on faceoffs so with Olmstead I think he'll be up for the challenge. Thornton's Philly's only big center and I'm not sure his checking skills are enough to match Beliveau so I like his chances carrying the puck up ice matched against Goring/Ratelle.

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