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06-24-2013, 11:02 AM
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If you really think about it, we have not had a legit. 3rd line for many years. In essense, we've had two 4th lines. Even Prust/Boyle/Fed at the best were really a glorified 4th line. A real 3rd line needs to contribute offensively perhaps to the tune of each player scoring 15-20 goals.

Our 3rd line for next year can go one of two ways. If AV envisions a 3rd line as being primarily a checking line than we are likely looking at more of Boyle and perhaps Dorsett.

If AV is not tied to that somewhat traditional mode of thinking, a 3rd line could be made up of younger players such as Lindberg and perhaps Fast.

Strange how legit 3rd liners capable of scoring 15-20 goals are almost harder to come by then 1st or 2nd liners. Perhaps because the cap makes many teams top heavy with 1st or 2nd line talent and they skimp on developing 3rd liners and just fill in, as we have done, with guys who are really 4th liners.

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