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07-18-2013, 08:27 PM
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What happened to the "We totally have a legitimate 3rd line center from our prospect pool, capable of competing for a spot this year, depending on how Richards is utilized"?

The question should be whether or not Stepan and Brassard can fill the 12C. It's weird having two kids who have yet to make a concrete reputation for themselves as a top line center or even a 2nd line center for that matter.

Step will grow into it in time. He's a good enough of a professional athlete that he'll always find ways to live up to his potential given the right environment and even in a year when nothing was going right offensively, he was THE game changer for the entire middle to late stretch of the season when Nash was MIA.

Bassard has absolutely everything he needs to do well. The former sixth overall did fine in CBJ and turned things around in NYC and despite shaky years in CBJ, he's never fallen off the radar completely. Solid end to the season, best skater in the PO. Brassard was the complete opposite of Beaver last season in terms of energy and excitement to be playing hockey and with a chip on his shoulder, I think he'll do just fine in cementing himself as a 2C or better. He should get along well with AV being Quebecois and all.

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