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12-27-2013, 09:35 PM
Iron Duke
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Originally Posted by jwhouk View Post
What are we basing 1st/2nd line players on, anyways? Are we saying a 1st liner scores 40/80 and a 2nd 30/60 or something? And how many of those type of players are there out in the NHL, anyways?

EDIT: Based on 82-game projections for this season, there's only 12 players in the NHL who meet criteria 1, and 50 more who meet criteria 2. All other things being equal, every team should have 2 "1st" or "2nd" liners on their team.
A first line guy should probably be in and around 60, and a second liner hovering around 50, depending on the average production around the league from year to year. Elite talent obviously goes far beyond that, but it's hard to place higher expectations than that, based on what the league averages seem to be year to year.

I always love when reading the prospect threads and seeing people make comments like "I see him being a solid second line guy, probably around 70-80 points a year." What, so you haven't watched hockey since the mid-Gretzky era?

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