Just as Hudler was 2 years ago, right? Oh wait...
23 Goals, 34 Assists, 57 points (Regular Season)
4 Goals, 8 Assists, 12 points (Playoffs)
12 Goals, 28 Assists, 40 points (Regular Season)
3 Goals, 13 Assists, 16 points (Playoffs)
When's the last time Fillpula has cracked 20 goals in a season? Because to automatically assume a guy who has never cracked 20 goals in a season should without a doubt be placed on the top 2 lines is a big stretch. Especially when you'd have to take someone off those lines who have all proven they can produce.
From time to time Fillpula has shown that he can be the player everyone thinks he can be, but again, until the points come and he does it on a consistent basis the other 6 guys ahead of him should stay put.
If you put him with good players then yes, he plays very well. On the other hand when you put him with scrubs like Cleary, who can't finish, then his potential is lost.
Again, if Filppula has the talent that everyone seems to think he has then you can't "waste" talent like that since good players are supposed to make everyone around them better and the points should come. And if he shows he can produce, then there's no reason why he shouldn't be on the top 2 lines. It's not a bias I have, it's just hockey.
Edited by BleedRed&White, 20 June 2010 - 05:33 PM.