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06-24-2013, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by NYR Viper View Post
Was that lack of depth due to that 3rd line or a lack of any sort of offense outside of Gaborik?

Players fill roles on a team. We as fans classify guys as 3rd and 4th liner but many in the bottom-6 should be role-fillers. Nystrom is a guy who will play 10-12 minutes a night. Classify him as you will, it doesn't matter if he is effective in his role.

Gregory Campbell played 13+ minutes per game this past season. People call him a 4th liner. Guys have to fill roles.

Boyle is the same way. People want to classify him as a 4th liner, however he is this teams defensive centerman and one of their top PKers. He plays 10-12 minutes a night easily. The same will happen with Nystrom.
That lack of depth was due to not having offense anywhere outside of the top-6 who were, for the most part, effectively keyed on and shutdown. Not an uncommon occurrence in the playoffs for any team, although something you hope to avoid. You need your 3rd or 4th line to be able to break through.

Greg Campbell, by the way, was a consistent 4th in Bruins ES TOI/G among centers who actually played center (as in, Peverley and Seguin are listed at C, but didn't play C for much of the year). That makes him a 4th liner. He took the 3rd most faceoffs at even strength, but Chris Kelly had a higher rate of faceoffs per game, he just missed 14 of them. Campbell is a 4th liner. His role on the penalty kill doesn't change that fact.

As I've stated, I have no issue with signing Nystrom. We just need to make sure we're addressing the bigger issues too.

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