Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 10/13/11

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 09: Wojtek Wolski #8 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena on January 9, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Wojtek Wolski was the natural player to pencil in for the top line in training camp and the preseason. He is clearly the most skilled of the Rangers forwards after Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, and has proved in the past that when he has solid players playing with him, he performs as well. When he was placed on the top line with Richards and Gaborik, the line looked good. It’s tough for that line not to look good, but Wolski seemed to be a nice fit in that left wing spot.  Then he hurt his groin. Wolski’s strained groin led to him sitting out a portion of the preseason games, forcing cocach John Tortorella to juggle the lines a bit. Brandon Dubinsky played nicely there, and now Derek Stepan is getting his chance. Should Stepan succeed, the Rangers have a very dangerous 1-2 punch with their top six forwards. Unfortunately for Wolski, he likely won’t get an opportunity to play with Richards and Gaborik should the Stepan experiment succeed. That begs the question: did his injury ki...
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