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10-13-2013, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by SouthernHab View Post

We have already tried the Jacques Martin approach to putting the small but less-talented forwards on the 4th line. It didnt work out too well.
In the case of DD, we can still put him on a third line and let him show he can play top-6.
For now, we can not put him on 4th line: it is a bit extreme.

Back in 2010-11 he played with Pouliot/White and Pouliot/Darche.
Still managed to score .51 ppg ahead of Darche (.44), Pouliot (.38) and White (.19).

It's not like Desharnais was horrible last season.
He was 54th in the league among players who played 500 minutes in points per 60 minutes of play.
Still was more productive than Plekanec and Ryder.
His problem was in PP where he was 147th.

The problem is that our young players are ahead of him.
So it seems OK to have Eller and Plekanec have more TOI than him (including PK).

But putting him on a 4th line as proposed by other posters seems ridiculous.

We are a stronger team when DD produces at least .5 ppg.
Anyone expect EGG and PK to finish the season at ppg pace?

Let Therrien manage the lines and the ice time. He is doing a pretty good job up to now.

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