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09-07-2013, 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by skorf View Post
Well if we're trying to develop the big bodied players as 3rd line, responsible defensive players... they shouldn't be getting big PP minutes and first line minutes. That's not what their role with the Oilers will be. Would it really do Pitlick or Hamilton any benefit to play first line minutes and be relied upon to score? And then their only chance to make the Oilers really is as a 3rd line type of player? I'd rather see them playing third line minutes myself and be relied upon to play solid defensive hockey, matchup against other teams top lines, and kill penalties.
And Rajala, Omark, Lander, and even Arcobello could all develop into NHL guys still (guys who play major minutes in the top 6 for OKC), really Miller will get minutes there as well this year and he could too. If those guys make the Oilers it will likely be as a top 6 type of guy, so might as well play them top 6 minutes.

Plus like someone else said, you have to earn minutes... nothing worse then gifting a prospect minutes that he does not earn. Look at how well our defense prospects have developed, and they've earned their minutes.
Ya, they don't need 1st line minutes, but they need more than 10 per. You don't have to put them on the PP. You can give them 18-20 min a night, they don't have to light it up, they just have to not get scored on and chip in with a few goals. Let them kill penalties instead of play PP. Doubt many people view Bergeron as a first line center for Boston because he doesn't light the lamp, but he isn't going to get outscored. So, really, he is just fine as a first liner. 1st line doesn't have to mean ultra talented scorer, but they better be effective and be a plus player if they are getting anywhere close to those minutes.

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