Thread: Recalled/Assigned: Kreider and Mashinter recalled to Rangers
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10-20-2013, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by SERE 24 View Post
I just don't quite understand why Sather ever signed a guy like Pyatt in the first place. What was appealing about him, at this stage in his career? Big, slow, soft, unproductive. All words I would have used to describe him before he came to NY. And yet, here he is, averaging 15+ minutes a night for our team a couple of years later.
We've been on an endless quest to find legit 3rd line players. That is why we signed Pouliot this summer. Legit 3rd line forwards are hard to find: guys who can be 12-15 goal, 15-20 assist guys who can also play defense,

The reason there are so hard to find is that inevitably, injuries force some of these guys to higher lines where they are not really able, skills wise to play. 4th line guys are then elevated to the 3rd line where they are not able to play.

The only teams that seem to have real legit 3rd lines are teams that are, for the most part, injury free. Guys stay in their roles; roles that match their skill set.

Sometimes it seems as if legit 3rd line forwards are as hard to find as skilled 1st line forwards. Pyatt was a decent 3rd line player earlier in his career but now he is just to slow to play regularly.

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