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01-10-2007, 05:57 PM
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Phil Parent
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It's worth a shot. Here's an analysis.

We know that Samsonov is a peripherical player with some dangling abilities and that Kovalev is Kovalev but that he is usually unmotivated in his 5-on-5 shifts, waiting for his shot on the PP. Kovalev usually plays best with players he respects.

Neither of those two guys are known as being the "Go in the corner to dig the puck out / Get in front of the net to screen / Get under the opponent's skin" types. Lapierre can do those things, which will help both of the wingers getting scoring chances.

There's a possibility that Kovalev won't be impressed with Lapierre and mail it in on 5-on-5 like he has done with Plekanec. I feel that Plekanec never earned Kovalev's respect as a hockey player which is why that line never worked, along with Samsonov's inability at passing or shooting the puck. Lapierre probably doesn't have it coming in, being a rookie, even more of one than Plekanec was. Lapierre will have to work hard here to impress the Czar. But if he can do it, I feel this can be a solution.

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