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09-09-2010, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by JT Dutch View Post
... Stoll was 5th among L.A. forwards in scoring.

He would have been 3rd among Phoenix forwards in scoring, and Phoenix finished better than the Kings did. He would have been 3rd among Detroit forwards in scoring, and Detroit finished better. He would have been 5th among New Jersey forwards in scoring, and New Jersey finished better. He would have been 5th among Chicago forwards in scoring, and Chicago finished better.

To say that the Kings need a "serious upgrade" at that position is just typical message board hyberbole. Stoll brings decent scoring to the 2nd line, and scoring is just one of the several qualities he brings to the table, as he excels at faceoffs and physical play and provides above-average defense. Stoll and O'Donnell were the two most underrated players on the Kings team last season.

As for the topic, once we know the true severity of the injury, then it's fine to speculate. But to say this is a crushing blow to the Kings is, once again, typical message board hyperbole and drama for drama's sake.

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