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11-15-2008, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Andrei Kostopolous View Post
People seem to forget that Komisarek took a few years to become a hitter in the NHL. Komo tried for the hits but didn't have the NHL timing.
Not true. Komisarek was a hitter right from day one. The issue was not that he needed to find his timing, it was that he needed to pick his spots.

Too often Komisarek - in the first few years - would run after guys. He'd take himself out of position in order to lay a hit, or he would play so recklessly, that he would lay a hit that would leave him off balance or worse on the ice himself. No point in taking *yourself* out of the play.

What Komo learned was to pick his spots. To use his physicality more intelligently. He realized he didn't need to murder everyone that came down his side of the ice. More important then laying him out is gaining possession of the puck. Once he learned that, his hits were much more effective. It took Komo a little while to realize that being a punishing defenseman is great, but being a good defenseman is better.

That little tweak in his game is the difference between Dave Mason, Denis Gauthier and Bryan Marchment compared to Scott Stevens, Dion Phaneuf and Mike Komisarek.

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