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01-29-2014, 01:47 PM
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I just don't think it's unanimous that Richards is still an above average second line center at this point, let alone going forward.
I'd say he's a pretty standard 3rd line center at this point with some talent on the PP. He's incredibly replaceable, regardless of price.
Richards is on pace for 58 points this season. That's not 3rd line performance. He's tied for 51th in points among all forwards, and since there are 90 first liners (30 teams times 3 players), that's very much first line offensive ability. Among centers only, he's also in the top-30 at #28, so again he's producing offensively as a low-end first liner.
Whatever issues you may have with him in the rest of his game, the offense alone makes him very much a top-6 player. To suggest he's a third liner is utterly preposterous.
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