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01-27-2011, 08:20 PM
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bland
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Originally Posted by Reaper45 View Post
Hey look, it's this thread again. Everyone was quiet when he was producing. Now that he's in a slump, everyone thinks it's cool to jump on him. Yet Bambi Kopitar gets a free pass.
Most of the same people who use sound reason to knock Brown use the same reasoning to knock Kopitar.

I've been saying the same thing for two years now - Kopitar simply refuses to "own" his line or his team. Yes, he's made some defensive improvements, but he rarely challenges himself - he settles for what's given to him by the defense, and his size and natural skill are just good enough to put up decent numbers. He should be further along than he is right now, but he simply won't demand it of himself.

That "no one has to be great..." comment was more telling than most would admit to themselves. This sort of thing is the very reason why old school NHL scouts are weary of players from non-traditional hockey backgrounds. It's not a question of skill level, its a question of passion and resolve. Does Anze want it bad enough, or will he continue to settle for just good enough?

Both Kopitar and Brown have been complacent and lazy for long stretches of the season, and those stretches sync up with the peaks and valleys in the team's results.

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