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05-09-2013, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by TheJuxtaposer View Post
The problem with moving Sheppard up to the third line is that it leaves the 4th line Desjardins-Gomez-Kennedy. I feel like that's the only reason it's Desjardins instead of Sheppard on the 3rd line, because they know that Pavelski can support Desy, and the 4th line needs Sheppard.

Also, we should put Freddie Hamilton in. He's not ready to be a top-9 NHLer, but from all reports his defensive game is NHL-ready. He's like the anti-Tim Kennedy. He would be a fine Burish replacement IMHO.
Has Pavelski really been supporting Desy that much though? From the eye-test, that line seems to be hemmed in the zone the entire night.
I agree about Hamilton too. Not necessarily him since I don't follow the AHL that much, but I was wondering if there were any call-ups that had a good defensive mind-set. We went with
Desjardins - Gomez - Burish before, so Desjardins - Gomez - Hamilton/good defensive AHLer shouldn't be too different.

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