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05-16-2013, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by token grinder View Post
If Stastny was closer to a first line center than a 2nd line center, a team as terrible as the Avs would nopt play him 3rd line minutes. They would have moves Duchene or ROR to the wing and let him center if he was closer to 1st line than 2nd line. Stastny is no better than what we have already got. We would then have 3 2nd-3rd line tweener centers
Saying he was a third line center is a bit of a misnomer - he had the second-highest TOI per game among Colorado's forwards. Only Parenteau and Duchene played more power play time, and only Duchene played more shorthanded time. Sacco put Stastny on the ice in a lot of defensive situations, essentially putting him in the Legwand role and reducing his opportunities for offense.

Stastny has a track record of producing at a much higher level than what he has done this year - or even for the last couple of years - with the Avalanche, and has the ability to be a major scoring threat and first-line talent. It's an option worth exploring, especially if we end up with Drouin at the draft.

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