Thread: Line Combos: Burns to play forward next season
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07-07-2013, 11:51 AM
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Arrch
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Originally Posted by hockeyball View Post
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Burns was not especially good in the playoffs.
He had better P/60 than Couture, and was only a tick below Thornton. Couture racked up points on the Power Play while playing with Boyle, Marleau, Thornton and Pavs. Burns got stuck with Gomez, Galiardi, Torres, and Irwin and played a full 2 minutes less per game.

Corsi shows that Thornton and Burns dominated possession. The problem is that they had no finisher on their line so that offensive zone time didn't translate into points (Burns was playing F1, not F3. Yes Burns has a great shot, but he doesn't read off Jumbo, Jumbo reads off him). Give Thornton/Burns a finisher and that will be a very good top line.

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