Zherdev or Kotalik
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11-06-2009, 09:28 AM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Right now i am really liking Kotalik. He fits in well on this team and has given them something they sorely need on the PP, a big shot.
I knew he had a cannon but wow, he can really shoot it - and more importantly on net. I also think hes a professional and does a lot of little things that go unnoticed. He hustles too. I loved Zherdevs upside but Kotalik is simply getting it done right now. I think you have to go with him on the simple fact that he changes the dynamic of this team on the PP. Teams are going to focus on him not getting the shot off and hes a heads up, quick and decisive passer on the point and that will open up other chances to score from the others on the unit.
Zherdev was a much more dynamic player with a ceiling that could have been very high here, but I never got the impression any team built a part of their gameplan around stopping Zherdev, even when he was going good. But its more about what this guy did when things werent going good. We've seen what has happened when players dont do things away from the puck when they arent scoring. They get benched. I have a feeling he wouldnt have been seeing much time under Tortorella anyway, but who knows - Torts is a type of coach that brings the best out in certain individuals. Maybe Zherdev wouldve been one those players, but I gotta go with Kotalik on this one. On pace for around 30 goals and 70 points right now is pretty damn impressive. Hoping he keeps it up.
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