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Rangers 1st Line LW

View Poll Results: 1st line LW?
Brandon Dubinsky 40 37.04%
Wojtek Wolski 48 44.44%
Mats Zuccarello 0 0%
Brian Boyle 3 2.78%
Derek Stepan 3 2.78%
Mike Rupp 3 2.78%
Carl Hagelin 0 0%
Sean Avery 11 10.19%
Brandon Prust 0 0%
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08-11-2011, 04:33 PM
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Voted Stepan... Want to keep Dubi with AA and Cally as line #2. If you follow thru with Line #1- 20 min, and line #2- 20 min, Line 3- 12 to 15 min and line #4- 5 to 8 min. I Dont want Stepan getting 12 minutes a game.
My Lines are
Stepan - Richards - Gaborik
Dubinski - Anisimov - Callahan
Fedotenko- Boyle - Prust
Wolski - Rupp - Weise
- Christensen-
* Think Avery is gone after his arrest.

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08-11-2011, 04:35 PM
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Avery. if he's going to be on the team you might as well give him decent ice time.

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Voted Stepan... Want to keep Dubi with AA and Cally as line #2. If you follow thru with Line #1- 20 min, and line #2- 20 min, Line 3- 12 to 15 min and line #4- 5 to 8 min. I Dont want Stepan getting 12 minutes a game.
My Lines are
Stepan - Richards - Gaborik
Dubinski - Anisimov - Callahan
Fedotenko- Boyle - Prust
Wolski - Rupp - Weise
- Christensen-
* Think Avery is gone after his arrest.
Wolski on the 4th line is out of place and he is being misused.

The 4th line is supposed to grind and be the "energy" line... that isn't Wolski's MO.

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08-11-2011, 04:42 PM
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I think Avery/Wolski need to battle it out.

The Pack line hold down the 2 spot.

3rd line look something like: Boyle-Stepan-Prust

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08-11-2011, 04:42 PM
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This team has 2 grinding lines already in the pack line and Boyles line. Fourth line more so is a mich-mosh of players with a shootout specialist ( Wolski) a low salary player who skates and bangs ( Weise) and our so-called tough guy ( Rupp) . They each can be spotted with other players depending on what is needed.

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08-11-2011, 04:46 PM
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Wolski on the 4th line is out of place and he is being misused.

The 4th line is supposed to grind and be the "energy" line... that isn't Wolski's MO.
That is where he played last season... This team has two grinding energy lines already. I forgot that every team has to follow an exact formula. A lot of teams in the modern NHL have a shootout specialist on the Fourth line ...At different times last season Wolski, Zucc and Christensen where 4th line Shootout specialists.

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08-11-2011, 04:47 PM
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I may be the only one, but I don't think I am, that thinks Anisimov has some hidden chemistry with Gaborik..

Anisimov-Richards-Gaborik
I really like this idea of putting AA on the top line.

If its

1:AA-Richards-Gabs

2A-Dubi-Boyle-Cally (Great Cycle Line)
2B-Dubi-Step-Cally

3A:Wolski-Stepan-Avery
3B:Feds-Boyle-Prust

4A:Feds-Rupp-Prust
4B:Wolski-Rupp-Avery

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I doubt Anisimov slides over to the Wing. He also is not physical so if u are going this route Wolski makes more sense

I still say Dubinsky. They need the #1 line to kill it and Dubi is the best LW, Richards the best C and Gaborik the best RW

Wolski, Anisimov, Callahan........can score
Boyle, Stepan, Fedotenko........good checking line
Avery, Rupp, Prust..........beat people up

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Dubi all the way. We need someone hard on the forecheck and to dig the puck out of the corners and off the wall on that line. Wolski won't do that.

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Dubi all the way. We need someone hard on the forecheck and to dig the puck out of the corners and off the wall on that line. Wolski won't do that.
If that is the case you go Fedotenko. Won't disturb the BAR line's chemistry, and allows Rupp-Boyle-Prust to fill out as the 4th line.

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If that is the case you go Fedotenko. Won't disturb the BAR line's chemistry, and allows Rupp-Boyle-Prust to fill out as the 4th line.
I can live with that. Wolski is too lazy, soft and inconsistent to do that job. Torts would blow a gasket. LOL.

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I can live with that. Wolski is too lazy, soft and inconsistent to do that job. Torts would blow a gasket. LOL.
Only problem then becomes what of the third line. Wolski-Stepan-Zuccarello is destined not only to not produce but to be a defensive liability. It would take about 7 games for it to be relegated below the Boyle line.

That line needs grit just like the first one does.

But we'll see. Its a minor problem.

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You guys really think AA will be on the second line over Steps?
AA will be there to start, but I have a feeling Step will be there by the end of the season. Derek is going to be a much better player.

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I hate the idea of Wolski on the 1st line. Hate it.

Wolski did play his best when he was with a Stepan+MZA. Problem is Stepan and MZA weren't facing #1 Defensive pairs on a consistent basis. Richards' line will.

You're looking at a one-dimensional line with Wolski as our 1LW. You slot Dubinsky there instead, you give that line a little life. Someone who can drop the gloves, throw a big hit, block a shot, and so on. Wolski is more 'talented', but he's nowhere near as good a hockey player.

I think a lot of you guys are worried about splitting the Pack line. AA and Callahan are going to do just fine with practically anyone on the left side.

Torts is going to rely on his best players to play in the biggest situations. Dubinsky and Fedetenko are the guys he was using last year. Wolski's a nice candidate to some of you guys because you want an elite offensive first line.

It won't last long, imo. I'd be thrilled if I'm proven wrong though.

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don't mean to be a party pooper cause its fun to pick lines and see what other fans think but I think if WW gets the spot we can already fast forward to 3rd line wingers and 4th line F

Wolski gets 1st line with duhh Richards and Gaborik then everyone will say keep the pack line so Dubi, Anisimov, Callahan and at that point Stepan is for sure the 3rd line C.

We should have Dubinsky get 1st line LW on this board just to make things interesting, lol

for the record I pick Boyle 3rd line LW cause he needs to be in a more offensive role then Feds on RW since he did well with both Boyle and Stepan at times last yr

I am fine with Rupp as 4th line C but maybe some see him as a winger. Prust for sure 4th line RW and then I say Avery still has a job while some are going to say Hagelin and some will also say Zuccarello 3rd line

I see Zuke as call up if a top 6 goes down and Hagelin call up if a bottom 6

Mitchell, Newbury may get a call here and there but they are in CT with Kolarik, Weise, Thurreson, Bourque,etc

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Mike Rupp. That is why we signed him. Wolski cannot fight. Without protection Richards will be another Lindros.
Say what? Mike Rupp is signed for first line duty? You really think so?

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I need to remind yall, we had only one line that work well last year. The Pack line. That will be our top line. It will not be broken up. So forget Dubi playing with Gabby and Richards. Not happening. At least not for the long run. As we all know Torts will shake things up so he might get a shift or game there,... but it wont stick. More likely Feds, Avery, and Rupp, will share time there.
With Richards and Gaborik here, together, no, that will not team's first line. They're all very good depth players, but both Richards and Gaborik are legitimate offensive threats, each shift Dubinsky, Anisimov, and Callahan, while excellent two-way players, do not even come close to matching the offensive capabilities of those two.

Anyway, I voted Dubinsky. I just don't see how Wolski is a fit on that top line. Skillwise, you could argue, but given his timid game, he won't be that grinding, tough, dominant physical force that would mesh extremely well with the Richards/Gaborik duo. He has the size to be a good board player, but by putting him on that line in favor of Dubinsky, you are not using Richards/Gaborik to the best of their ability.

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Im blown away by the results of this pole for 2 reasons...

1) 48 People actually think Wolski is a better first liner than Dubi.
2) I question this...Who's the workhorse on this line?

I mean, you certainly have the set up man or the playmaker. You definately have the sniper. How does Wolski fit in along the wall? Is he going to win the battles in the corners, and dig out loose pucks? Is his strength going to fight off defenders?

I hope that the guy proves me wrong, but I have a lot of doubts here.

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Im blown away by the results of this pole for 2 reasons...

1) 48 People actually think Wolski is a better first liner than Dubi.
2) I question this...Who's the workhorse on this line?

I mean, you certainly have the set up man or the playmaker. You definately have the sniper. How does Wolski fit in along the wall? Is he going to win the battles in the corners, and dig out loose pucks? Is his strength going to fight off defenders?

I hope that the guy proves me wrong, but I have a lot of doubts here.
Many people want to keep the Pack Line together, so that is the reasoning for people penciling Wolski in over Dubinsky. Wolski has skill and might be able to put it together with 2 legit elite players. I think he should start out there on the depth chart and let his play dictate where he ends up.

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Many people want to keep the Pack Line together, so that is the reasoning for people penciling Wolski in over Dubinsky. Wolski has skill and might be able to put it together with 2 legit elite players. I think he should start out there on the depth chart and let his play dictate where he ends up.
I kind of figured that. Keeping that line together could be the right idea. Wolski scres me up there though.

Im thinking this. Going into a playoff series against Pitt or Wash. Does this team get past either of these two with Wolski as a first liner? In a true test, I find it hard to believe that he will be slotted over a guy like Dubi.

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I kind of figured that. Keeping that line together could be the right idea. Wolski scres me up there though.

Im thinking this. Going into a playoff series against Pitt or Wash. Does this team get past either of these two with Wolski as a first liner? In a true test, I find it hard to believe that he will be slotted over a guy like Dubi.
That remains to be seen. Wolski could be a 65-75 point scorer, or he could be a 40-50 point scorer. He is so inconsistent but he has so much skill it makes you crave seeing more of him.

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That remains to be seen. Wolski could be a 65-75 point scorer, or he could be a 40-50 point scorer. He is so inconsistent but he has so much skill it makes you crave seeing more of him.
I don't question his skill. I think he's got a lot of talent. I just question if he is a good fit on that line. On the PP I think it will be great to see. 5 on 5 I am not so sure there is enough moxy to compete at an elite level. All thge extra work I am reading that Wolski is doing is good sign. Again, i hope he proves me worng. But when they play the B's, how will this line fare against guys like Lucic and Horton?

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I doubt Anisimov slides over to the Wing. He also is not physical so if u are going this route Wolski makes more sense

I still say Dubinsky. They need the #1 line to kill it and Dubi is the best LW, Richards the best C and Gaborik the best RW

Wolski, Anisimov, Callahan........can score
Boyle, Stepan, Fedotenko........good checking line
Avery, Rupp, Prust..........beat people up
I think you misunderstand people that say Wolski doesn't fit on the first line because it is soft. It has nothing to do with hitting people and everything to do with corner play and going to the rough spots of the ice. IMO Anisimov does this often and does it well.

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If that is the case you go Fedotenko. Won't disturb the BAR line's chemistry, and allows Rupp-Boyle-Prust to fill out as the 4th line.
taking one player off the BAR line doesn't disturb the chemistry regardless. All 3 players are the type that mesh well with most players. They are blue collar players that get results by outworking the other team and creating opportunities for themselves.

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To me Dubinsky's skills fit the first line better than anyone else we have. And Wolski's don't. But I don't want to break up the 2nd line, and therefore could see Feds getting the nod there. The guy isn't afraid of doing dirty work along the boards, a necessity on that top line.

But I wonder whether the top line LW is on the team as yet. Is there someone who fits the mold that might be available for some of our defensive depth, a guy like Wolski, and perhaps a draft choice?

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