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Why do you guys underestimate Lapierre's skill?

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9/10 -3 in 82 games is not what I call 'tons of points'.

Wait. You are being sarcastic, right?

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Love the guy but he's a grinder. A very good grinder, but a grinder. He should play the role that suits him. Just because he scored a few points playing with the best playmakers in the world doesn't mean he can anchor a scoring line by himself.

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because he would be a fringe 2nd liner, instead of an awesome 3rd liner... i would like to see lappy on the 2nd line, but not with the supporting cast he would currently have. if kesler is slow off of injury or is missing a beat on faceoffs i would welcome the chance to see lappy with ACTUAL top 6 players on his wing. throwing him in there now doesnt really seem to make sense.

i do, however, think that hansen would make the players around him on the second line better... maybe a demotion to, oh-i-dont-know, raymond.

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I want to see Lappy, Higgins and Hansen put together and kept there for 10 games .. they can play second line minutes and let Raymond, Schroeder and Weise play together ..

Or Burrows for Weise ..

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Lapierre is not a top-six player. He does not possess the skill needed to play a scoring role. I love him and he is a fantastic grinder, but he should not be in the top-six. If he is, it means we're in big trouble depth-wise.

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Well, he's only past 20 points in his career once. He's great in the bottom 6, but by no means is a guaranteed win as the 2nd line C.

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Oh totally. And then I bet if the Sedins played on the 4th line we'd have the best 4th line in the league. I know right.

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Although Schroeder played college, and Lapierre played QMJHL, Lapierre was able to put up over a point a game in junior, similar to Schroeder. Also, Lapierre stats while in the AHL are a lot more impressive than what Schroeder has done.

The reason that people only think Lapierre is a 3rd line center, is because NHL 13 says so.

This happens year after year with fans. They believe the hype of prospects.

I will say this. If Schroeder is unable to put up points at this level, he will have to change his game somehow to be able to contribute. I have no doubt Lapierre has the skillset to fill-in the top 6. But that is not how he evolved his game in the NHL.

Taylor Pyatt was an 8th overall pick, huge scorer in junior. Raffi Torres, too. They put up 2nd line quality points in the AHL. They aren't anything more than 3rd liners. Their size allowed them to stay in the NHL as they became "grinders".

If you look at small speedy players, there aren't as many like Schroeder that are success. Marty St. Louis put up significantly better numbers than Schroeder at each level. Until Schroeder can dominate the AHL, I don't think he takes another step. He certainly doesn't pass Lapierre on the depth chart now.

Best case scenario, is he duplicates Brian Gionta's rookie season. Play 30 games, get 10 points.

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I like Lappy a lot and I think he is perfect for our 3rd line. Higgy and Laps are better players that Shroeder right now, but I don't think Jordan is good for the 3rd line. With Booth and Kes out, our 2nd and 3rd lines are interchangeable. The current 3rd linup will probably be a permanent line, so keep them together and play them as much as the 2nd. If Jordon can't do it, Higgy or Laps will have to step in and someone else will have to play 3rd winger.

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He has more skill then people give him credit for, but he's more of a grinder then an offensive player which is why he should be on the 3rd line. Almost anyone will put up points with the Sedins. He's deff one of our best playoff performers every year though.

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I would like to know why you think you are smarter than the coaching staff and would put him on the second line? There is a reason...

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I trust Lapierre on our 3rd line more than Schroeder though

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Because some people can only see the bad things in anything!! If Gretsky was playing today there would be people who would not be satisfied with his play. Look on the bright side, the wins will come and both these two will be playing a part. They are too good not to succeed.

Go Canucks Go

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