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05-10-2013, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by StormCast View Post
But in terms of JStaal moving to wing, either on the first or second line it's anything but non-sensical. He is frankly not an effective playmaker regardless of how many assists he got in final 11 games. As I contended earlier, I'd rather have Ruutu center the second line which he did very well for the Skins and Finns line.

He isn't as good as JStaal defensively but that line shouldn't be playing a shutdown role anyway - build the 3rd line for that and keep Skinner on the 2nd line. Ruutu is far from elite but sees the ice better and is a better passer than Jordan.
I think maybe you are focused on how we used Sutter as a shutdown line, rather than the more popular one of Brindy.

Maybe think of the line roles more along the lines of 05-06, and imagine the following setup:

Tlusty-Staal-Semin ---- Stillman-Staal-Cole
???-Staal-Ruutu ---- Ladd-Brindy-Williams
Skinner-Monahan-??? ---- Whitney-Cullen-Larose

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