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11-10-2013, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Lionel Mandrake View Post
They have plenty of alternatives once the injured players come back though, so this is when we'll see if they can adjust. Dumont and Leblanc are natural centers, and Prust has been used in that role before. Same for Briere. I'm assuming at least one of them could fill in at center with limited ice time on a 4th line and not look out of place. Then there are trades. Defensively responsible 4th liners are not a hard find nor do they cost a ton. This is all assuming they are ready to play Galchenyuk at center, which I think they should, with the same kind of easy minutes Desharnais is getting. He won't look any worse than Desharnais and actually has upside.
Dumont and Leblanc don't really play center in the pros. It would be like calling Kessel a natural center.

Prust has been used in the role before but not really a natural position. He took 9 faceoffs last year with 33.3% wins. Year prior he took 55 with 45.4% wins. The year prior, 5 faceoffs...before that, 9. You get the point, it's not really a position he's played a lot.

Briere however, he is a natural center. I can see him I that role. Some argue both have been bad so it's not really a solution as much as it is an alternative. It would be foolish if we didn't try it though.

Galchenyuk is another option but our top 6 weakens with his loss.

Originally Posted by Lionel Mandrake View Post
Besides, it's not like Desharnais is so good defensively that you can't replace him with a player who doesn't yet fully master the defensive game of the center position. He needs to get the opportunity to grow in this role sooner than later.

Pacioretty Plekanec Gionta
Bournival Eller Gallagher
Bourque Galchenyuk Briere
Moen Prust White

I don't see how you can insert Desharnais in this lineup, even if he starts producing a little, and not weaken the team. This top-9 is composed of better and more effective hockey players. I don't see how this can end well for Desharnais unfortunatelly unless he has some kind of miracle turnaround.
I agree with you. Only concern is top 6 gets weaker. For what is Desharnais black hole production few mention Eller has 3 points in last 14 games. Once again, 1 of those 3 points was Vancouver own goal. Diluting the top 6 might not be the best option.

Of course, we need to try something so I wouldn't complain!

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