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  • Offense from role players sparked Wild victory over Jets



    Over the last week or so, there's been a healthy amount of debate as to what kind of player you should build the bottom of an NHL roster around. Is it better to build a third scoring line, or should you have a physical element that compliments a Top-6? Christian Folin showed that, despite the perception that the Wild are soft and need enforcers, players who can turn defense into offense should be at a premium in those roles.

    And that's not to say that there can't be these physical presences on your bottom-six and third-pairing. Folin is an example of that- he plays a more defensive style, and has the size to be a punishing defender. But Folin can also move the puck, and while you won't see that perfect breakout pass from him every night, it's important that those guys have the ability to at least flash those skills.


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