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  • Tyler Durden Tyler Durden Jan 28, 2014 10:39 PM Flag

    Filppula after Stamkos Injury

    What does everyone think on Filppula's production once Stamkos returns? Will he put up more or less points or about the same he has without Stamkos in the lineup? Right now he centres a line with Killorn and Purcell, T.Johnson is the top centre with St.Louis and Palat as his wingers. With Stamkos back he will centre the top line who will be the second line centre Filppula or Johnson?

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    • He'll go back to second line center and second line PP center. For the majority of the time Stamkos has been out Filppula's been the top line center; Johnson only recently got moved up in a lineup shuffle. Filppula's production is going to drop off somewhat, but he's still worth keeping in pretty much every league except the most shallow ones. He should finish up with 60+ points again this season, showing Tampa Bay made a pretty smart pick-up. Detroit was crazy not to re-sign him; I thought he was clearly the best long-term UFA available last summer, no idea why Clarkson, Bozak, Ribeiro Horton and Grabovski got more attention / money.


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