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Simon Gagne remains unsigned
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08-08-2013, 11:28 AM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Lumberton, NJ
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i think having Gagne in the 3rd lin will help couturier to show his offensive skills
That's the thing...
I'm not so sure Gagne is a better option for developing Couturier's offensive game than Laughton or McGinn.
I'm not saying that Gagne isn't a stronger pure offensive player than Laughton or McGinn at this point. I'm not saying that Gagne isn't a stronger defensive player than either of them at this point either.
I just think, with Read on the other wing, that Couturier's offensive game is going to come as long as there is somebody who can open up space for them.
I'm concerned about the lack of physicality on a Gagne - Couturier - Read line. I think that even though it's defensively epic and probably considerably capable offensively, it could have issues pressuring the puck without somebody to make life chaotic for opposing defenses. Laughton and McGinn can do that.
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