A Divided Kopitar Cannot Stand
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02-12-2011, 06:57 AM
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While the article does have some good points, it also has some that I'm not sure I follow.
First you say Kopitar won't score because he's the only defensively responsible forward on that line. Adding another offense-first type player is somehow going to fix that? Then you say he won't succeed with defensively responsible forwards Handzus and Simmonds because they will be trying to score and he will be forced to cover for them. You can't have it both ways in my opinion.
I see what you're trying to say but I don't necessarily agree with your reasoning. Kopitar
to be better offensively. I don't care if he's centering Dwight King and Peter Harrold, he should find some open space or create some for himself. He's big, he's strong, he's got puck handling skills, he's got a fair amount of speed when he uses it.. He's got all the tools but he's not asserting himself. I can live with him not making his linemates better as long as he at least can be an impact player of his own. Take the puck to the net with force, look for the shot and TAKE IT. Go deep and another forward will cover for you. That's how it works. Don't be the guy looking to cover for others, go deep and take charge, others will notice and play accordingly.
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