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08-26-2013, 04:47 PM
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Wait a second. There's a lot of handwringing and wailing on here.
How do we know if Lander/Acton/Hamilton/Arcobello would be so awful for fourth line duties in the NHL?
At some point in time, we need to see if these guys can sink or swim - and I'm 100% unconvinced that a player like Jerrod Smithson is really ALL that much better than them. Is there really that much difference between playing well at the AHL level, and playing 4th line centre at the NHL?
I agree with a lot of what you have to say here, but why not go out and get a guy that maybe is good enough to be a 3rd liner, but you instead play him as a 4th liner giving yourself good depth at one of the most important positions? Then if Lander or whoever steps up then you run into that great problem that teams like LA and Boston have, which is great center depth.
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