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01-12-2014, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Raspewtin View Post
Calling the line of Pouliot-Brassard-Zuccarello a scoring line is being awfully generous.

The former two are about as hot and cold as they get. And Zuccarello belongs in the top 6 getting 17+ minutes a game. The line is just god awful 5 on 5, no can do.

A defensive third line can score too. But this third line has no role, though they are dominant on the PP. I'll give them that.
It is not about what even strength line they play on, it matter the role they are put in. Richards Cally and Hagelin are more of a checking line. Very little finesse on that line. More grinding style. Are they big? No, but in that role it works. Where is the checking line on a team like Tampa? A lot of smaller players. Same for Chicago and they won a cup. They split up the grit. Would playing Handzus with Bickell and Hossa make sense? Those are their big bodies. In the NHL you need everyone to play a role, but that 3rd line checking aspect is not as relevant.

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