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07-22-2013, 09:35 AM
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3rd line center is a unique role....This is different from saying they are a 3rd/4th line player.

the idea of a 3rd liner is a strong defensive, strong face off center with some offensive skill but you arent relying on them for offensive production.


If they have more offensive upside then they go up to 2nd line and play in a more offensive role and their numbers likely go up.

in looking at the Sabres depth at center it would appear that Grigorenko and Hodson would be 1st and 2nd line because of their projected offensive upside. Gigensons is projects as a 3rd line because of his checking line role.

Could he be much better than expected in the offensive game..absolutely.
I think this is a classical notion which the league is moving away from. When you look at who has drawn the toughest oppposition among recent champs its guys like Toews/Bolland, Bergeron, Kopitar, Datsyuk/Zetterberg, J.Staal, etc. Teams are looking more and more for a center with offensive capabilities whom they can match up vs the top lines. Teams are looking for scoring lines that can handle "checking" line duties. Defensively responsible 3rd lines are definitely still around, but the idea that your top defensive center is a 3rd liner is no longer the case.

Girgensons can be that kind of player for us--anchor a top 6 line that you can also throw out against top opposition. If he can produce the kind of offense that say Bergeron does, that would be the best case scenario.

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