Gridlock at centre for Canada?

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  1. not quite yoda

    not quite yoda Registered User

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    Canada's top 3 lines always include 2 scoring lines and 1 checking line.You would think (based onlast year) that Canada's top 3 centers will be Carter, Richards and Crosby. Of those 3, it would make the most sense for Richards to be the checking line pivot. But wouldn't that mean that last year's top scoring line of

    Dawes-Richards-Stewart

    would have to be broken up? It looks like it if you ask me. I think that Stewart would be a great fit next to Crosby, as a massive bodyguard (who can also play) for the little guy. Any speedy sniper could complete the line.
     
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    Stone would be a great fit for chechking line center
     
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    But then what happens to Carter, Crosby and Richards? One would have to be bumped out... Too many centers I tell you.
     
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    I think Richards will stay down the middle with his line (dawes and stewart), however you never know what Sutter might want to do. He may mix everything up entirely. I see either Crosby or Carter moving to the wing, but its more likely going to be Carter, I hear Crosby cant play wing? but please correct me if im wrong.

    The lineup may look like this:

    Dawes-Richards-Stewart
    Carter-Crosby-Bergeron
    Getzlaf-Colliton-Perry/Ladd
    Bolland-Stone-Dixon
    Fraser

    Not sure which of Ladd or Perry will make it, but both have shown chemistry with Getzlaf, I have a feeling that Sutter likes Ladd though, just from playing Calgary so much. But back to the topic, Richards will play center, toss up between Carter and Crosby, Colliton is a great faceoff man, and all three of Bolland, Stone, and Fraser can play center on the checking line. The logjam at centerice may not be as problematic as many might think. Looks like we have many that are capable of playing both wing and center.
     
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    Bergeron better be at center. I just followed the Rats/Bruins game and he made Parise look horrible on draws, beating him a good amount of the time....if I remember correctly Parise was USA's best faceoff man last year. I actually feel Crosby will be moved to Bergerons wing.
     
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    bergeron can pretty much play anywhere, and do it well. you can always use him on the wing, but have him take draws
     
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    Why does it have to be a formula. Every team is different with a different look. This team can easily role 4 lines that play good two way hockey or are just flat out dominant offensively. This is the lineup I would go with

    Perry/Fehr Crosby Bergeron
    Dawes Richards Stewart
    Ladd/Fehr Carter Getzlaf
    Bolland Stone Colliton

    This is the lineup I would go with.
     
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    Hasn't Crosby been playing wing lately?
     
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    Bergeron Crosby Carter
    Dawes Richards Stewart
    Fehr Stone Getzlaf
    Bolland Colliton Dixon
     
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    Yeah he has been, In the game in Halifax he played the wing a bit and I didn't think it worked out very well considering they put him on the side of the centers backhand. So every time they broke out they ended up giving the puck to Roussin.
     
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    Yes, and he is much less effective in that position than he is at center.He is best
    when he is carrying the puck and creating the playmaking.
     
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    Crosby (was playing center last year)
    Richards (was playing center last year)
    Carter (was playing center last year)
    Stone (newcomer)
    Coliton (was playing wing last year so should stay there)
     
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    I'm not sure how they could leave Perry off the team.Pick the best .Play the best.
     
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    Bergeron - Crosby - Perry
    Dawes - Richards - Stewart
    Stone - Carter - Fehr
    Ladd - Getzlaf - Colliton
    xtra: Dixon OR Bolland

    Can role these lines with confidence. Best depth a center in the WJC's.
    1st line has the top 2 scorers in the CHL with Bergeron.
    2nd line has proven chemistry and, overall, is a very well rounded line.
    3rd line has excellent size, the Fehr/Stone chemistry, top 2 scorers in Dub.
    4th line has 2 returnees, defensive responsability, toughness & proven chemistry.

    * The only player blatantly out of his natural position is Stone...but he shoots left and I'm sure would do fine on the wing, digging out pucks and setting up Fehr and Carter.
     
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    Masmin, I think that's probably the best line combinations I've seen, ofcourse it's
    all objective but those make pretty good sense to me.
     
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    Crosby isn't really any smaller than Richards is from what I've seen. At least not significantly smaller.
     
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    Well his offensive skills aren't in question. However his consistency, determination, skating and physical game might be more of a question mark.

    He didn't wow me in the summer camp, that's for sure. There's a chance that he won't be deemed polished enough to make this team.
     
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    I don't think there is any question that Carter will be a center. He took many of the crucial faceoffs last year and will be looked at to do the same again this year.
     
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