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11-17-2013, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Atas2000 View Post
Well, the guess is wrong. Ice time is detemined by the strategy of rolling the lines. And Hitch is too conservative to promote a young player to the top line even if Tarasenko obviously deserves it with his play. Oshie is obviously collecting points from being on a hot line with 2 guys who are on fire this season. Maybe Hitch is trying to spread the wealth, maybe he doesn't want to fix what's not broken(1st line). Who knows? But there is definitely no hint to Tarasenko's qualities.

What Tarasenko shows to be on the olympic roster? He's just better than other candidates. You disagree? Name me RWs who can take his spot on the 3rd line in a landslide. We don't need checkers. We need defensively responsible forwards on all lines.
Tereschenko, Popov and Kokarev have all shined in WC competition, whereas Tarasenko has never really been highly thought of enough to be put on the ice for the WC. I anticipate that you will say "Oh, those guys aren't as good as Tarasenko," but be sure to include some hard evidence to support your claim.

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