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07-02-2013, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by phlocky View Post
I was really impressed with how good McGinn looked last year but I think it would be a mistake to put him in a role on the 3rd line where you are counting on him to help shut down guys like Ovi, Malkin, Stamkos and Tavares. IMO, McGinn isn't anywhere close to being able to handle that kind of responsibility. He was never know as a defensive or defensively minded player. It's not to say that he can't learn to be one but he didn't naturally gravitate towards that role during his development and to thrust that role upon him in his first full NHL season is a recipe for disaster IMO.
Not to say hes in the same league as Coots, but the Flyers did precisely that. I agree that he may not be the most defensive minded player. But I'd feel better about McGinn bodying up Malkin than Gagne flailing around. And last season Gags didn't exactly play shutdown defense.

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