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09-26-2010, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Balls Mahoney View Post
Look at his numbers with and without Smyth.
You're wrong for many reasons and not all of them you can know by gleaning a stat sheet.

1. Kopitar has moments throughout a season where he looks like a top five player in the league and moments where he's just average. He's got the skill, that's no question.

2. This past season because of the fabulous start that he had he was singled out much more than in seasons past and he got rocked a few times (hits by Phanuef, Stuart and Orpik I believe). He then got tentative and started playing on the perimeter (plus he became snakebit) and Smyth went down at this point.

3. When he shook off his funk about staying on the outside and started carrying the puck through the middle like he used to do in the beginning of the season, his game picked up.

In conclusion his linemates will come on and go, and Kopitar will still be Kopitar. His biggest thing is being tentative and once he learns to be confident in his game for sure then I think the Kings are really set.

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