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01-16-2004, 01:59 AM
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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.
I can't see that Julien is playing Ribs only against 3 and 4th liners. If he does and Ribs still is able to play 15-20 minutes a game then Julien is amazing with his line changes and other teams are playing thier 4th lines way too much!

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