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03-15-2013, 12:27 PM
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Markov. Fowler.

Not Buff, he was more upfront to screen the goalie for Chicagos top end talented forwards.
Buff would make a fine forward, don't think you've watched him in recent years.

You occasionally see glimpses of how good he could be. Skates well, underrated passer, protects the puck, hard to move off of it, can actually stick handle and dangle a bit. Heavy shot.

Just doesn't have the gas tank to do it full time. This is just from the last couple of weeks:

Nice rush by Buff to set up the winner two weeks ago


Buff winning it in OT last week


All Buff from :17 on in this clip vs Toronto on Tuesday

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03-15-2013, 12:29 PM
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All the PMD Ds... such as Karlsson, Subban, Letang, etc.

Shea Weber could be a powerforward.

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35-40 goal scorer with sick vision and playmaking abilities.
If that's the case he should be converted to a winger right now.

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03-15-2013, 12:31 PM
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I think Marc-André Bergeron would be better as a forward.

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Sens fans would know better than me, but I think Karlsson is much better suited to defense despite his offensive instincts. His release isn't that quick and I imagine he sees the ice much better from the back end.

Top notch skating though, makes me wonder how many points he'd get as a winger.

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03-15-2013, 12:57 PM
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I don't know if he'd be good but Justin Schultz would be capable of playing winger.

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Matt Hunwick!
I'm pretty sure last game he thought he was a winger.

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03-15-2013, 01:24 PM
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If Karlsson could take faceoffs, I would imagine he'd be a very good playmaking C.

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03-15-2013, 02:01 PM
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He, Streit, and Weber would have made a sick forward line

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Brendan Smith if he had some time to develop.

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03-15-2013, 02:05 PM
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Derek Meech actually looked pretty good at forward when Babcock moved him up there.

Jonathan Ericsson could probably do pretty well at center...

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Buff plays Dorward, all others play Defense.

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03-15-2013, 02:33 PM
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He, Streit, and Weber would have made a sick forward line
I was thinking the same thing when I wrote this ahahah

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karlsson at forward would be stupid. He'd get crushed in the corners by defensemen and he needs the whole length of the ice to work his magic.

he would score less, not more.

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Trevor Daley.
Was going to say him also. He IMO has to be one of if not the fastest skater in the league but he will never be able to prove it since he is not on the ASG roster. He can stick handle and has a good shot to boot.

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I think there's a lot of puck moving defencemen who could excel as a playmaking winger. Someone like Keith has all the right tools to be a top forward.
except a shot.

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Goligoski would make a great forward on a D level beer league team!

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03-15-2013, 03:27 PM
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karlsson at forward would be stupid. He'd get crushed in the corners by defensemen and he needs the whole length of the ice to work his magic.

he would score less, not more.
Agreed. I can't see Karlsson as a forward being better than him as a defenseman.

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Lubo would be a solid winger

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03-15-2013, 03:52 PM
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Karlsson would be a pretty bad forward. He wouldn't have the time/space to set up the play.

I think Jim O'brien got drafted after his first year at forward (from playing D the years before), so I guess he is a success story. Enforcers have a shot at making the switch, Carkner was able to go between 4th line and 3rd pairing, same with Schubert IIRC. Typically top end players are too attached/good at their position to bother trying to learn another.

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03-15-2013, 03:59 PM
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It's not always offensive d-men that log significant minutes on forward lines. I recall a hard-nosed stay-at-home guy for the Avalanche about a decade ago named Jon Klemm who played a lot of forward minutes including the year they won the cup. A little more recently I recall a young German on the Senators named Christoph Schubert who played quite a bit as a forward and he also was more a 'well-rounded' than offensive-minded. And there's always Mathieu Dandeneault or was he a forward converted to D....?

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03-15-2013, 06:23 PM
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Seriously though, I'd hold off a little longer before declaring this a success. Burns looked okay as a forward for a brief moment with the Wild, but then it failed. Although the circumstances were a bit different, so who knows.....

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Two good games is not necessarily a success.
Why not? He's GPG since becoming a forward. Richard trophy...?

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