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12-01-2013, 01:26 PM
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Right now, at his age, Stepan is either a mediocre #1 center or an elite 2nd line center. Essentially a "1b" as people like to say.

Richards is performing at a similar level, though he is more crucial to the power play and is no longer a defensive presence or penalty killer the way Stepan is.

Where Krdier fits int he lineup is a product of what pivot he works best with. A previous poster said it best when suggesting Kreider on his game is a better fit for the top line than is Hagelin. Hagelin can be effective in a bottom 6 role, whereas this is questionable for Kreider.

Richards-Brassard-Callahan, Kreider-Stepan-Nash works for now. It does somewhat leave Zuccarello and Hagelin in the cold offensively, but this is what happens when teams have depth.

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