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Poll of the Week - March 26


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The 4th Line  

19 members have voted

  1. 1. Which of these 4th line players do you think provides the greatest value in that role?

    • Ryan White
      3
    • Dale Weise
      1
    • George Parros
      0
    • Brandon Prust
      12
    • Travis Moen
      3


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We talk a lot about the scorers, but with so many 4th liners going down to injury recently, it's worth commenting on the role those players play as well. Which of the guys who fits the classical definition of a 4th line player do you think we can least afford to lose and who do you most enjoy seeing in the line-up?

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Prust of last year. He just hasn't been the same IMO. Still voted for him but that's assuming he's gonna be 100% but IDK if that's gonna happen. This year I think Moen has provided the most value.

And I think using Parros wasn't necessary lol. I would be really surprised if he gets a vote.

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Looks like I voted Prust the same as everyone else, although I will throw in the caveat that he costs the most and is injured the most, so I almost voted Moen instead.

I like the poll this week. Pretty outside the box question, with all the playoff talk. Problem is, seems like we won't have much to talk about because we (for once) all agree (so far)!

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I went with Moen. I also like what Prust and the others bring, don't get me wrong, but Moen plays really, really well on the PK. On a team like ours that relies so much on grinding out wins by one or two goals a good penalty kill can mean a world of difference. I think that's more valuable than any slight edge one of the others might have over him at even strength (where he has played pretty well, besides)

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I voted Prust,,, but I also like Ryan, both provide value and both do PK duty (as well as Moen), but I gave the edge to Prust, because he seems to give his all every shift.It's still a toughy to pick just 1, although to pick that last place on the list is a given.

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Its a tricky question because I think (when healthy) Prust is the "best" of those 5 players - he is the most versatile, can do a lot of things the others cant or is better at them than the others. Moen is probably the best defensive forward of the bunch and you cant discount the speed & Tanacity of White or Weise. All have their place (not Parros) but I think we're lucky to have a nice collection.

That said, a 4th line of Bournival - Eller - Moen/Prust/Weise etc will be very hard to contain for most teams (assuming Briere can continue to handle 3rd line C duties).

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I think Prust is easily the best player of the 5 listed. That said, he's often hurt, he's paid more than some of the others, and he spends a lot of time in the penalty box. So in terms of value, I think that brings him down a notch. I chose Ryan White. I think White has really matured this year, and I like that he brings a bit of intensity, mixed with decent skating, the ability to play the PK, and the fact that he's a right-handed centerman who can take key draws. He doesn't have the experience of a Prust or a Moen, but I think he's becoming a player who can do what Prust is doing for less money. While Prust is wearing out as the season goes forward, White is a guy I think we can lean on in a 4th line role.

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It's unfortunate that I couldn't pick all of the above except Parros :lol:. I enjoy what they all bring to the table. Prust works his butt off every night when healthy, Whitey has matured and improved a lot, Weise was a great addition and brings a ton of energy to the game and Moen well what's not to love?

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