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05-26-2013, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by True Hockey Fan View Post
He's not that slow. And I think there is not a rule that every player has to be one of the fastest skaters out there. Vancouver was ok. Torino was a complete disaster, but you can blame Thornton as much as anybody else.
Here is our center depth chart:

1. Crosby
2. Stamkos
3. Tavares
4. Toews
5. Giroux
6. Getzlaf
7. E. Staal

There's simply no room for Thornton at this point. We have too many natural centres and Thornton's game is not suited for the wing (where speed is even more crucial). I don't disagree that Thornton should be in the discussion, but imo he's in the same category that Reimer is in the goaltending department. Discussion worthy but almost no chance.

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