Thread: Recalled/Assigned: Kreider and Mashinter recalled to Rangers
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10-20-2013, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by alkurtz View Post
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.
That doesn't address why we signed Pyatt at all. Everything you wrote, while accurate, is not news. My question was why Sather ever thought Pyatt was still a worthwhile player. At his peak he was a decent third liner. For the past five years he's been a slow, soft shell of the player he was once expected to be and occasionally showed flashes of. My question was, what is Sather looking at when judging talent and who he feels will be a good fit for the team. How does he conclude that a plodding slow guy like Pyatt who plays like he's half his actual size is going to be a good addition to our third line when he's barely a fourth liner anymore at this stage of his career.

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