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Play Kesler on the wing where he belongs!

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With the Roy signing and Schroeder starting to look like an NHLer and given Burroughs, Raymond and Higgins are all capable of playing Centre there is absolutely no reason to play Kesler at Centre. He is simply not a "natural" centre......his first instincts are always to shoot rather than pass and he would be much better along the boards. Forward Line up should be:

Sedin, Sedin and Burrows

Higgins, Roy and Hansen (*)

Raymond, Schroeder, Kesler (*)

Pinnizzoto, LaPierre, Weise

(*) interchangeable

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I like Kesler at a 3rd line center position. Look how pittsburgh is built. Deep down the middle. Surrounded by decent wingers. Thats how we should be built. Should of got a 2nd line winger for Roy. Now thats a proper forward core.

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Sedin Sedin Burrows

Raymond Kesler Jensen

Higgins Roy Hansen

Pinnizzoto Lappy Kassian

This is the line up that makes the most sense to me so would rather keep our center depth strong by keeping kesler center

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Why is he on the third line?

Isn't the point of this to move Roy up to the 2nd line with him?

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Interchangable or not; Kesler and Raymond on the third line?

Sir, what have you been inhaling.

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Playing centre is not simply passing and shooting. Kesler won the Selke for a reason... he is excellent at covering the middle of the ice and checking the opposing team's top players (when healthy of course). Not to mention he's also our best faceoff man. Of course, you could let him take faceoffs and have him move to the wing once play starts, but then you miss out on his defensive play. Makes more sense to keep him at centre, save for the PP where he'll be on the wing with the Sedins.

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Kesler on the wing? yeah on the PP only.

Stupid ideas like this is why many of you don't work in the NHL in any capacity...

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Playing centre is not simply passing and shooting. Kesler won the Selke for a reason... he is excellent at covering the middle of the ice and checking the opposing team's top players (when healthy of course). Not to mention he's also our best faceoff man. Of course, you could let him take faceoffs and have him move to the wing once play starts, but then you miss out on his defensive play. Makes more sense to keep him at centre, save for the PP where he'll be on the wing with the Sedins.

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If we ever put Kes on the Wing:

Sedin-Sedin-Burrows

Higgins-Roy-Kesler

Raymond-Schroeder-Hansen

Pinnizotto-Lapierre-Weise

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With Jensen, Kassian, Schroeder and the newly acquired Derek Roy (huge fan of the trade BTW) AV can juggle the lines all he wants and I won't care. Everything is movable except the possibility of Pinnozotto,Weise or Sestito jumping up a line.

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THE POSSIBILITIES OF COMBINATIONS ARE ENDLESS!!!

Sedin Sedin Burrows/Kesler/Higgins/Hansen/Jensen

Higgins/Raymond Roy/Kesler Hansen/Kassian 2A

Raymond/Higgings Kesler/Burrows/Roy Kassian/Hansen/Jensen 2B

plug Lapierre plug

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He has the best faceoff % of all our centers.

/thread

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Kesler is not a "shoot-first" instinct type player. His ego makes him think he his a perennial 40 goal scorer, thus trying to do everything himself (shoot vs pass)

He was not like this when he first broke out. 25g/50a

He utilized his line-mates, and sniped when needed.

If he wants to be this shooter type player, then he should play on the wing of fantastic playmaker Derek Roy.

We have no wingers with the playmaking acumen of Roy.

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With the Roy signing and Schroeder starting to look like an NHLer and given Burroughs, Raymond and Higgins are all capable of playing Centre there is absolutely no reason to play Kesler at Centre. He is simply not a "natural" centre......his first instincts are always to shoot rather than pass and he would be much better along the boards. Forward Line up should be:

Sedin, Sedin and Burrows

Higgins, Roy and Hansen (*)

Raymond, Schroeder, Kesler (*)

Pinnizzoto, LaPierre, Weise

(*) interchangeable

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IF Lapierre can go to 2011 cup run form, then we could slot Kesler with the Sedins.

Sedin-Sedin-Kesler

Raymond-Roy-Burrows

Higgins-Lapierre-Hansen

Sestito-Schroeder-Kassian

Look at Chicago's 4th line, often Goon-Kruger-Frolik. Goon sometimes Bollig, Mayers or Carcillo.

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You can still be an effective shutdown player on the wing. Just ask Jere Lehtinen, the 3-time Selke winner playing on the RW.

Kesler can still take faceoffs, except on the wing, he can just shadow the top players from the other team.

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Before the playoffs, I would like to see

Sedin-Sedin- Kassian

Burrows-Roy-Kesler

Raymond-Schroeder-Hansen

Higgins -Lapierre-Weise

Higgins interchange with any winger struggling on the 2nd or 3rd ine to mix it up

He could also take Keslers spot on the 2nd after a pp

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