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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

4th Line Analysis

This analysis will be a tough one since we don't know exactly who will be on this particular line. But, for the sake of the discussion, let's assume that Mark Mowers and Yan Stastny will be on that line.

Mark Mowers: The classic 4th line grinder who will gives you a 100% performance every night. An energy player who will not hurt your team while being on the ice. His +13, last year will be very appreciated by the team since we all know that last year, our 4th line killed us way too many times. Mowers will also provide veteran leadership.

Yan Stastny: Stastny is not the classical grinder. He has speed, limited skills and a good sense of hockey. His defensive play will have to be better if he wants to stay all year in Beantown. Stastny showed some signs of a solid player last year, and hopefully will take his game up another level.

This line should not be overlooked because, let's face it, those guys are minute killers. Their performances will determine how much the coach will be able to rest his first two lines. Those guys will have to keep their game simple and make sure score more than the other teams scores on them. By doing so, they will relieve some pressure from the scoring lines and assure a good balance within the team.


Blogger BomberDrz said...

I'm guessing Brookbank and Hoggan will each see 50-60 games this season for the extra toughness and grit any Bruiins team should have. If the 4th line ends up somthing like Tenkrat-Stasny-Kalus the Bruins will seem like 2005-20006 all over again. Stasny and Mowers with a banger like Hoggan or Brookbank is the only way to go.

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