Pierre Mcguire thinks LA has to be aggressive at the deadline
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01-31-2011, 12:52 PM
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The gift of Scott N. didn't hurt the Ducks either. How long does it take guys that are under 25 years of age to reach their full potential? Probably three or four years. Put it this way, Kopitar better be a hell of a lot better player at 26 than he is at 23.
Certain players like Doughty and Johnson still have lots of room to grow into better players. I think with Kopitar, we are pretty close to seeing him at his best, which is a 80+ point, well-rounded center. He is capable of producing more, but I think he needs to be in the right situation with the right linemates to achieve those numbers.
With Brown, what you see is what you get. While I think Simmonds and Clifford will improve, I don't see them as anything more than checking line forwards, but they will certainly play an important role on a physical third line.
Besides those players, they have a bunch of prospects who at this point are too young or too early in their careers to be counted on. If they wait another three, four, five years for those players to reach their prime. I don't anticipate players or management to wait that long for this team to be considered a serious threat in the NHL.
Every passing season we expect more and more out of this group. If you compare this season to last year, they haven't gotten any better as a team. As individuals, perhaps some players are performing better, but overall, can you say the team has improved?
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