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Barilko14

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Forum: Armchair-GMFri at 10:28 am
Forum: Armchair-GMJan 14 at 12:33
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Campabee</b></div><div>Bogosian and Dermott were the only minus D men on the ice last night for the Leafs and after watching the game last night I am confused as to why Bogosian was even in the lineup. He contributed nothing offensively, He was blown by all night defensively, and he took some very stupid penalties due to his lack of speed and positioning. Lehtonen at least brings offense and has some decent speed to his game.</div></div>

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Agree with majority of your points. There are two reasons Thornton is getting a shot in the top 6 (for now) instead of Hyman.
1. Keefe likes having a checking line (and with malholtra joining the staff, you know he agrees). With Hyman being our best defensive forward, he's a big part of that. So the Mikheyev-Kerfoot-Hyman will get some time here to see if they are up to the challenge.
2. This is more a theory of mine then fact. Hyman has mainly played LW in the NHL. Nylander told Keefe last year that he prefers LW. Neither started the season at LW, a part of that is the prospects we have in the system (Robertson being on the cusp of cracking the lineup). If both Hyman and Nylander get locked into LW, then it makes it much harder for Robertson (and eventually Amirov) to crack the Leafs top six.

I think Thornton will get a few more games to see if he can fit (no matter who plays with them M&amp;M are going to do most of the work). If he can't keep up, then lines can be shuffled. Vesey is an option, Simmonds, even Robertson can get some time there.

But establishing a checking line is the priority to start the year.
Forum: Armchair-GMJan 14 at 11:23
Forum: Armchair-GMJan 14 at 11:22