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10-10-2013, 11:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Hawkguy View Post
Believe it or not, I think Bournival would excel with the kids.

His speed is second to none on this team. He might not do as good as Eller, but if MT wants to split the lineup up somewhat, Bournival would look good there. Defensively responsible, fast as hell, can keep up with them, and he is pretty smart. Lots of tenacity too.

Plekanec is awesome and I love him, but he doesn't have the jump in his step to keep up with them, I don't think.
I think that's a lot to put on Bournival. He had a nice game on the 4th line, but he also made some rookie mistakes that, well, you expect from a rookie. I don't think he's ready for the defensive responsibilities of a centre getting around 15 mins a game, especially at ES, especially if the Gally's start drawing tougher matchups. If anything, I think a strong defensive centre like Eller or Plekanec gives them room to succeed. Bournival might be a good fit, but not yet, IMO.

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