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05-13-2013, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by joestevens29 View Post
4th line centers in the playoffs. In all fairness for what Steckel brings he isn't a bad option.

Steckel 13 hits in 7 games
Campbell 15 hits in 6 games
Kruger 2 hits in 5 games
Emmerton 7 hits in 7 games
Hendricks 13 hits in 6 games
Fraser 12 hits in 5 games
Lapierre 12 hits in 4 games
Mitchell/Konpka 2 hits a game
White/Dumont 21 in 6 games
Mclement 11 in 6
Porter 25 in 6
Boyle 19 in 5
Pageau 5 in 5
Gomez 2 in 2
Vitale/Kennedy 4 in 4
We need to look at a lot more than hits to determine a player's worth to a team.

In the playoffs, the 6th place team(ANA) in hits lost out to the 4th last place team(Detroit)...There's a place for hits but too many times I see players going out of their way to 'finish a check' and forgetting the puck, which ends up as a shot or goal.
We need strong, 2-way players that can handle themselves in front of the net, win along the boards and protect their team mates occasionally.

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