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05-07-2014, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Norm MacDonald View Post
If you look around the league, there's maybe 10 or so third wheels that outproduced Hartnell:
Jussi Jokinen

You could make the argument for a couple other guys when considering PPG pace and shuffling lines, but all things considered, it really isn't that bad. The real problem is the lack of secondary scoring.

EDIT: And defense/transition game. Fix both of those things, and you'll see the first line's production go up as well. It's one area where the team really misses Carle (what!? Blasphemy!)
Hartnell's 29th in LW ES scoring with a ton of guys under him playing much less games. Most of them don't get to play with guys like Giroux and Voracek. He picks up a lot of ******** points on the powerplay too, he's easily the most useless guy on the 1st unit.

I just don't think Hartnell's a top line player anymore. We really need a scorer with Giroux, I can't see Hartnell sniffing 30 again the way he's played the last 2 years.

He'd be a great 2nd line guy or even 3rd liner if we want to put him with Couts, but not really a top liner.

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