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05-29-2013, 09:29 AM
NYR Viper
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Look at Boston. Deep, 2-way centers down the middle, size on the wings. They put big guys who can punish the other team on the wings to keep their game simple and allow them to wreak havoc in the offensive zone. Lucic. Horton. Marchand (not big, but feisty). Campbell. Thornton.

The Rangers need depth down the middle. With Stepan and Brassard that's a good start. Boyle is a good 4th line center but he needs wingers who can create and who add speed. Prust and Fedotenko were exactly that.

The Rangers need to add size to their wings. Nash, Kreider, Callahan. That's a good start. Hagelin is a good player, he is, ideally, a 3rd line wing. Zuccarello? Where does he fit if that is the mold? Ideally, in this more aggressive system, he would be paired with a player like Boyle as his center who can wreak some havoc in the offensive zone. MZA is not a 4th liner.

Pyatt? Very soft, adds some size. Powe? No offense to speak of.

They need to add size and an ability to push teams back and keep them there. This system requires depth and the ability to keep rolling guys over the boards who can sustain a forecheck and control the puck in the offensive zone. The Rangers did that last year.

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