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Originally Posted by slipknottin View Post
Who was the youngest player in the bottom 6 last year? How about the year before?
Well, I guess Zuccarello, Brassard, Hagelin, Miller and Kreider all played games on our 3rd line. Mashinter and Ferriero played a couple of games on our 3rd and 4th line. Anisimov and Dubinsky also played 3rd line minutes for most of their early career.

I think it's a misconception to think only goons and older guys are allowed to play on the 3rd and 4th line with the Rangers. However, I do agree our prospects take a bit longer compared to other teams prospects to make a name for themselves. Is that really an issue? I don't think so. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we are missing a real generational talent among our forwards, or a top-C, top-W. We have Nash, Richards, Stepan, Callahan, Hagelin, Zuccarello, Brassard... All good guys, but not of the level Tavares, Stamkos, Kane, Crosby, Malkin or a great young prospect like Landeskog, Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, Seguin, RNH.

Maybe that puts a bit more pressure on our 3rd line to produce. When you have a top-line of Hossa, Toews and Kane, it's easier to fit in on the 3rd line because there's less pressure, but I don't think it's really an issue. Players need to be ready, and when they are, they will show it. Hagelin is the most recent example of that

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