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Claude Julien would be all right with third line being all left

Posted By DJ Bean On September 13, 2013 @ 6:39 pm In General | 4 Comments

The biggest question for the Bruins entering training camp is what their third line will look like, but it figures to be three members of a pretty big group.

That group would consist of Chris Kelly [1], Carl Soderberg, Jordan Caron, Daniel Paille [2], Jared Knight, Ryan Spooner, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Carter Camper.

Yet of those nine players, only two — Knight and Camper — are right shots.

All three of the Bruins’ other three lines (assuming Paille stays with the Merlot Line) features a mix of shots, and the idea of having three lefties on one line might not be super appetizing.

Then again, some of the left-shooting wingers have experience playing right wing. Smith was a left-shot right wing in college and split last season between right and left wing, while Caron has played a decent amount of his off wing in the NHL [3]. Julien said Friday that he would indeed consider having a line of three players of the same handedness.

“You work with what you got,” Julien said. “It’€™s not the end of the world and you have to make due with what you have and in way, what is the best scenario. I know Jordan’€™s played a lot of the right side, he played that in Juniors, I know he’€™s played that in Providence as well, we’€™ve used him there a few times, so it’€™s not like Jordan’€™s not capable of playing on the right side.

“Then there’€™s Smith, another guy that we got from Dallas that is having a really good camp. And on the left side, Fraser is one of those guys that we can’€™t over look either. And that’€™s why I think down the road with some of those other guys from Providence, we’€™re going to have some tough decisions to make.”


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