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08-10-2005, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Face Wash

IMO, I try not to base my opinions solely on what I read and what someone tells me. Ya gotta use your eyes and your own knowledge of the sport to make an accurate assessment. Having said that, I don't think it's irrational to think the guy is a top prospect. He was drafted pretty high and the overwhelming concensus is that he should have been draft higher. But the exact same thing was said about Tukonen the year before and almost NO ONE is voting for that dude.
The things said about both players were not the same. If my memory serves me right, and it hardly ever does, Tukonen was projected as a fast, gritty powerforward with some scoring capability. Kopitar is regarded as an incredibly skilled playmaker and scorer with tremendous upside. As someone who can't travel the world watching hockey I have to base my opinions on the reports of those who do. The top Euro scout for ISS was raving about Kopitar, those that saw him compete in the WJC also had great things to say. I think he should have been #4 in this poll as the comments from those that saw Grebs all last year have not been too complementary. I just hope that Kopitar lives up to his billing and becomes the team's first line , all star center, in which case we'll all realize we put him too low in this poll

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