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02-12-2007, 02:11 PM
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Consistently is the key for a first line center, it happens every year that koivu goes into these massive slumps of 20+ games, and it effects the entire teams as a whole.
Playing Consistently is the key, I will give you that. But until Mtl can give Koivu the 1st line players to play with, you will never see the true talents he really has. The type of top line C that you are talking about there are about 13 teams that have one.
Here's an example:
ATL:Kozlov/Rucchin/Holik (No first line C there)
BOS:Bergeron/Savard:Both good C, but what are they doing for Boston?
BUF:Briere/Drury:I'll give you these two
CAL:Langkow/Lombardi Who's the #1 C here?
CAR:Staal/Brind'Amour: I'll give you this one too
CHI:Smolinski : Nope no 1st line center here
COL:Sakic : I'll give you this one too
CLB:Fedorov/Brule: Fedorov used to be a 1st, but not anymore, Brule, not yet
DAL:Modano/Lindros: Former 1st line C, but not anymore
atsyuk/Zhetterberg: I'll give you this one too
EDM:Horcoff/Stoll:Close, but no #1 C here
FLA:Jokinen: I'd rather have Koivu, but I'll give you this one
LAK:Cammalleri/Armstrong:No 1st line C here
emitra/White:Maybe Demitra, but he's just as injury prone as Koivu
NSH:Arnott/Legwand:Arnott maybe, but I'm not sure about him
NJD:Gomez: I'll give you Gomez
NYI:Yashin: Hahaha...no comment
OTT:Spezza: I'll give you this one
PHI:Forsberg:If healthy, I'll give you this one.
PIT:Crosby/Malkin: Yes and Yes
STL:Weight/Cajanek: Too old and NO
TBL:Lacavalier/Richards:Yes and Yes
TOR:Sundin/Wellwood: I can't stand the leafs, so I'm not making a comment.
VAN:Sedin/Morrison:Sedin maybe, but only if he could bring his bro.
WAS:Zubrus: Not a 1st line C
Looking at the other 17 teams, looks like Koivu would have a good chance of being the #1 center on most of them.
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