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01-12-2014, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by HatTrick Swayze View Post
Agree wholeheartedly with this. The best teams in the NHL have players that play complete games. That's not to say teams can't carry more one-dimensional players...but they key word is "carry". And one-dimensional does not just mean offensive players, it means the Brian Bickell's of the league too.

The Rangers have too many players that only excel at one thing. Which makes it difficult to play cohesively or adapt to what your opponent is throwing at you.

I think a Marcus Foligno/Jamie McGinn type player would be a nice addition to the third line. They can keep up with Brassard and MZA while adding another dimension.
And the big problem with the bolded is that they don't excel enough in their roles to make up for their deficiencies elsewhere. I could live with Brassard and Pouliot if they were putting up a PPG or so, but they aren't.

If you're going to be one dimensional, you better be damn good at that one dimension (Patrick Kane, Evgeni Malkin come to mind). It's not so much that all our players are one dimensional, it's that they aren't good enough at that dimension to be a useful player. Brian Boyle is one dimensional, but it's fine because he really excels in that dimension, as a defensive stalwart on the 4th line.

We need more players like Stepan, Hagelin, Dorsett, D. Moore, Callahan, etc. But it seems whenever we get those players, they can do everything except score consistently. And that's not ideal for a top 6 role, so then everyone starts calling them 3rd liners on good teams.

Just need to get the right players, that excel in multiple things.

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