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08-14-2013, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by LegionOfDoom91 View Post
I'd prefer Read to play with Couturier seeing as he's still going to see some tough matchup's defensively. I don't think Schenn or Simmonds are capable of handling those matchup's like Read would.

People will probably complain about that & expect Couturier to be given an offensive role even though he's really done nothing to this point to suggest he's capable of handling it (some of it because of him & some of it because of Lavy).
I think Couts is going to create more offense this year, even in a primarily shutdown role, whoever his linemates are, and Read will likely be one of them. Both of them have great instincts and patience. With Couts, it's just a matter of time. He'll be stronger and faster this year, which will make him more dangerous.

I hope Lavy mixes things up a lot in the preseason to see who has chemistry, as he said. In the top 9 we have lots of guys who can play C and wingers who can play either side, so there are options to mix and match.

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