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Who is the best 3C now that J Staal is a 2C?

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06-25-2012, 08:30 PM
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Who is the best 3C now that J Staal is a 2C?

I think Jordan Staal was widely regarded as the best shutdown center in the NHL for the past 4 years. Atleast he was IMO. Now that he'll be a 2C on the Canes, who takes his place as the best 3rd Line Center in the NHL?

Being a Hawks fan I get to watch Dave Bolland for 82 games and I think he's been one of the best for about 3 years.

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Sutter will probably bump Malkin down to the 3C slot. So Malkin I guess.

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Bolland was the first name that came to my head reading the thread name.

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Duchene is the most talented, but probably not the best #3C.

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Either Stastny/O'Reilly/Duchene whichever one turns out to be our 3rd line center.

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Antropov?

Or he was 4th line last time I checked.

Horcoff or Stoll maybe.

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Either Stastny/O'Reilly/Duchene whichever one turns out to be our 3rd line center.
It's a shame any one of those will be a 3rd line center. They're all capable of being first line centers.

Anyways I think Dave Bolland

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Either Stastny/O'Reilly/Duchene whichever one turns out to be our 3rd line center.
I bet Stastny gets traded eventually.

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Last year in Pittsburgh, Jordan Staal had 15:25 per game at even strength. That's more any other forward in Pittsburgh except Malkin - yes, more even strength ice time than James Neal and Sidney Crosby.

He never was a "3C".

In fact, Jordan Staal was 22nd in the entire NHL - among centers - for even strength ice time per game.

...and he wasn't even close to the "best shutdown forward".

Get facts right, then make threads.

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Last year in Pittsburgh, Jordan Staal had 15:25 per game at even strength. That's more any other forward except Malkin - yes, more even strength ice time than James Neal and Sidney Crosby.

He never was a "3C".
Last Year he was the 2nd line centre as Crosby missed so many games. Staal was never a traditional 3rd line role, he had more responsibility than that.

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Last year in Pittsburgh, Jordan Staal had 15:25 per game at even strength. That's more any other forward in Pittsburgh except Malkin - yes, more even strength ice time than James Neal and Sidney Crosby.

He never was a "3C".

In fact, Jordan Staal was 22nd in the entire NHL - among centers - for even strength ice time per game.

...and he wasn't even close to the "best shutdown forward".

Get facts right, then make threads.
Exactly what I was thinking at the beginning of this thread.

Chances are that "the best 3C" will always be from a team with 2 strong Centers and the term 3rd line center has very little application to that guy as he is really a top 6 forward on a strong team.

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Last year in Pittsburgh, Jordan Staal had 15:25 per game at even strength. That's more any other forward in Pittsburgh except Malkin - yes, more even strength ice time than James Neal and Sidney Crosby.

He never was a "3C".

In fact, Jordan Staal was 22nd in the entire NHL - among centers - for even strength ice time per game.

...and he wasn't even close to the "best shutdown forward".

Get facts right, then make threads.
Staal was always a 3c on the Pens when Sid and Geno are healthy. His big minutes do nothing but show how valuable of a player he is.

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Doesn't put up huge offensive numbers but Brian Boyle deserves a nomination for best 3rd line center. Plays some pretty tough minutes

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