Thread: Pre-Game Talk: Kings vs. Flames
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03-20-2011, 09:16 PM
JT Dutch*
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Originally Posted by Herby View Post
Kopitar is a two-way center, one of the best in the game. Smyth is a one-dimensional former scoring winger who was never mistaken for a Selke candidate. Kopitar was a star player before Smyth arrived and he will be a star long after Smyth is gone. To say Ryan Smyth taught Anze Kopitar how to play defense is laughable.
... I'll go you one better. I'd say Handzus has had far more to do with Kopitar rounding out his game as a player. Aside from the skating, of course - Kopitar and Handzus play similar positions, and similar games. I don't see where Smyth has "taught" Kopitar much of anything, to be perfectly honest with you.

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