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01-15-2004, 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Nash13
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.
Why would he have to line up against these lines if he was on a contending team? I think the coach would probably do the same thing with him. Plus, on a contending team, he would have better linemates who would either be able to break through the opposing team's checking line, or be good enough defensively to line up against opposition's top line, if need be.

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