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10-07-2013, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
The Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello line contains 3 offensively gifted guys who have never produced at an above average rate in the NHL and have, by and large, been disappointments. Maybe that changes, but I'd be inclined to look at the long and checkered track records, especially for Pouliot and Brassard. I expect them to buzz around, pot a couple of goals, but not produce enough consistently. Not to mention they're an incredibly soft bunch -- I think the line gets broken up the first time they get punched in the mouth by the opposition.
I think that's a bit harsh. Brass never developed into the #1C CBJ was hoping for, but he had the disadvantage of playing for a crap team and often alongside terrible line mates. I think it held him back, and he's looked good since joining the Rangers. He needs to show consistency, but I think he can become a valuable member of the team.

We've talked about Zuccarello before and I think we're pretty much in agreement when it comes to his strengths and weaknesses. He has this year to show what he can do. i think he'll prove himself as a serviceable 2RW or a good 3RW (if AV elects to use the third line as a "scoring first" line).

Pouliot has been too inconsistent thus far in his career, and I guess you could call him a disappointment. He's looked pretty good in preseason however, so maybe he can make it work here?

As for the line being soft, I'm not sure about that. None of them are tough, but BP is a big guy and can throw a hit, Zuccarello is small, but plays with energy and throws his little body around. He created quite a few chances after an energetic forecheck last year and in the preseason. Brass doesn't bring a lot to the fights along the boards, but he has done his share of PK and can play defense. They're not a line you'd want to bring out there against Bostons bigger guys by any means, but if you're looking for a third scoring line with some hustle, they could do very well. I would want them to get most of their starts in the offensive zone, though.

We'll have to wait and see.

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