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Forum: Armchair-GMOct 15, 2019 at 3:55
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>pharrow</b></div><div>Like I said. Most of the players you listed before are of no help. They don't go to the dirty areas and when they do they can't win those battles.
So now you rattle off a list of other guys, who frankly, aren't really good and not even regulars. That doesn't bode well for this conversation and it's why I'm done with it.
You want to call this team the HBK line penguins. But that team had a guy on every line willing to battle. Hags was on the 3rd, Rust on the 2nd, and they dropped 5 foot nothing Sheary for Kunitz because much like your line up here he was to small to do a damn thing to help. And when healthy they had hornqvist who despite not being the biggest guy, is know to be a dirty areas player.
This team lacks that kind of help. Period. I don't know why you try to argue it. You can't go out there with 1/2 the top 9 under 6 feet and expect to win many board battles. It just doesn't work that way.</div></div>

I listed the players who are so far willing to do the dirty work. Yes, they’re small, and that has hurt and will continue to hurt in the playoffs. But that doesn’t mean they’re not willing to try, and in the regular season, determination can often overcome size disparity since players aren’t playing a playoff style yet. For the regular season, we have the talent to be successful like this. Playoffs are another story and I can’t argue there. We have physical players who can win playoff battles, but they’re inarguably bottom-six, and our only hope is that they suddenly bring that over to the top six, or that defense/goaltending carry us. Really, a deadline trade for Kreider could push us a lot further too.
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Forum: Armchair-GMOct 3, 2019 at 1:14
That second line could be problematic. I know Cirelli is extremely good defensively and has shown some good offensive ability too at times, but there’s no true offensive threat there. It also means Palat is getting a lot of ice time without an experienced talent to help cover for him as I expect him to have some difficulty finding his consistency again as he recovers from injury. Killorn is insanely underrated because of our cap situation, but I wouldn’t quite say he’s a top-six forward who can drive offense, and I don’t know who else is on that line. I think Stamkos on that line and Palat paired with Kucherov could be better to make sure teams have two elite lines to counter. That being said, if Kucherov and Stamkos find a good way to effectively compliment each other rather than adopting unnatural roles they think will help most on an already talented line, they can take care of most offensive needs and all we need from the second line is defense. With decent chemistry it looks among the best shutdown lines there is, so I guess we’ll see and it could honestly work out either way. The third line, with a little bit of time, could probably near the top of the League as far as third lines go, and the fourth line looked very good during preseason (as did the defensive pairings, although Hedman concerns me because he doesn’t exactly look healthy right now). I guess I like it. Every line and every pairing definitely has a role and has some of the best talent around to fulfill that role, and there’s no area of the game being neglected, but no line looks able to reliably cover if another line has a few bad nights.
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