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01-15-2004, 04:52 PM
Kirk Muller
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Originally Posted by MTLGuy
Just look at the stats, he is the 9th highest center in points. Right now he would be a good 2nd line center for any contending team.
Stats don't tell the story unfortunately. Ribeiro has played well, I have no problem giving him credit because he is putting up points. The reason he wouldn't be a good second line centre on a contending team is that Ribeiro can't match up against opposing top checking lines, nor can he match up against other teams top lines.

This is where I think Juliens strength lays. He gets Ribeiro out against fourth lines or weak third lines when playing 5 on 5 and gives Ribeiro a lot of PP time because that is his strength.

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