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08-06-2013, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Rammstein816 View Post
I agree with this. If the expectation is having a horrible team this year, it's a much better idea to fill the NHL roster with warm bodies and have your AHL team be able to go together and be a powerhouse. Seems like a better solution for a rebuilding team than to stick key rookies on lines with inadequate linemates.
The thing is if you think long term Larsson is a guy who should be getting tough defensive assignments, it might not be a bad thing to let him grow into that role on the fourth line in the NHL. He can slot in behind Porter and get some protection, while still getting defensive assignments. He can learn on the job in a position where failure isn't the end of the world. Plus, he can help the other young centers like Grigorenko and Hodgson by not putting them in a position they aren't ready for.

Obviously, this requires Larsson to be able to handle that role, but really that should go without saying. No one thinks he should be up in the NHL if he isn't ready yet.

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