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05-01-2013, 04:42 PM
Sidney the Kidney
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Originally Posted by Jules Winnfield View Post
I don't get why we have an issue playing 1 rookie on this team in the playoffs.

When we won the cup in 90-91, we had Jagr as a rookie. Anyone remember that goal he scored against Chicago in the finals?

In 91-92, we had McEachern as a rookie. He played 19 games in the playoffs that year and had 9 points.

In 08-09, we had Letang with 1 year of experience playing defense. Even though he wasn't a rookie, his position at age 21 or 22 is a critical one.

I don't get why some people get their panties ruffled about Bennett playing. The Blackhawks had no problem playing Saad last night for 21 minutes.

As others have said, you have to play sometime. Beau has showed a ton of composure. I'm sure he can handle 10 minutes of 4th line duty and more if someone gets injured in a game.
The bolded is the first name I thought of whenever I see Bennett being sat in favor of lesser talented veterans. Like Saad, Bennett has proven he can not only provide offensive creativity to the lineup, but he can also be relied on defensively and in board battles.

The only time rookie scorers get sat in favor of veterans is if the rookie still is a liability defensively or he's super soft and needs a lot more muscle. Neither are an issue with Bennett.

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