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Fedotenko does not deserve his spot with Malkin


I think there have been enough comments in game threads, recaps, etc. for this to justify its own post.

 

Let's not beat around the bush: Ruslan Fedotenko, while a solid player, has been holding the second line back.  His stat line for the year, playing mostly with Malkin (one of the top 3 players in the NHL) is 10 goals, 18 assists, and +/- of -18.  18 assists is not too bad, but 10 goals?  It would be understandable if AO's linemates scored only 10 goals, because AO likes to shoot and score himself, but Geno likes to set up his linemates.  Also, his +/- is -18?!?! How does this happen?  'Tenks is not pulling his weight.

 

Now, I know that stats alone don't tell the whole story.  For example, Chris Kunitz has a similar stat line to Fedotenko with 11G and 18A.  But I don't have a problem with Kunitz playing alongside Sid because he does all the little things that don't show up in the stat line.  Remember Kunitz's hit on the Philly D in game one of the series?  Hits like that change games.  Kunitz battles hard and hits hard.  When was the last time you saw Fedotenko have a game-changing hit?

 

Here's what I think the Pens should do: Bump Feds down to line 3 or 4.  Then bring up either Staal or Rupp to play wing with Malkin.  What do you guys think?

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