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Forum: Armchair-GMMar. 13, 2022 at 1:12 p.m.
Thread: KK extension
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>drambui</b></div><div>legit question : as a canes fan are you worried about next year center depth? mainly 2c and 3c. i feel staal's play is deterioating a bit and kk is still unproven. from the games i've watched KK has been very good as a 4c but was not that great jumping higher into the lineup (i know it was usually at LW and i dont think KK is much of a winger). I guess as habs we always waited for him to take the next step offensively and gave him all the opportunity last year and it never really came and he was dissapointing most of the year. I'm confident KK can eventually take the next step but i feel he is still struggling to generate offense against tougher match up. what are your feelings for next year?</div></div>

If you want multiple opinions on this, I will say I'm slightly worried, at least for next year. After that I am less worried

I think Staal + KK in our middle 6 next year will not give us enough offense. We went out to get Trocheck to create two offensively threatening lines up front. Staal is a great player but besides last year he hasn't been the biggest offensive threat recently. KK was great when he was pushed up the line up as a result of Covid, like Caniac2000 said, but the small sample size of working higher in the line up causes some concern.

I think after Staal moves on or takes a pay cut this deal will work better, because currently I see them both being 3rd line players that can shift up to 2nd line when needed.

With all that being said if KK does make the jump to 2C like a lot of Canes fans are expecting that would be great.