cs6687 wrote:I'm not confident in Beech or Taffe as a fourth-line center for 82 games. Taffe is good in spots, but not over stretches. With the way Jesse says the young defensemen are playing, maybe the Pens move a defenseman to get a fourth-line center if the Pens choose not to pluck one off the streets.
I don't see the need for that. With the quality of our first two lines (and now third), because of available ice time, the 4th line really just needs to be made up of capable, NHL calibre bodies, which the Pens definitely have enough of. Kennedy's a lock. Then you've got Taffe, Beech, Godard, Pesonen, Thomas, and Stone to compete for the final two spots (plus a possible Caputi and/or Jeffrey callup for a couple games). That's about as capable as you need your 4th line to be, especially with the heavy minutes the first two lines should (and most likely will) be getting.