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07-21-2011, 05:17 PM
Join Date: Dec 2004
People who hate on Kostitsyn either expect too much for him, or just don't like him for their own weird personal reasons. The guy is just one of the offensive forwards on this team, so his job is to chip in consistently throughout the year, as well as step up from time to time to help carry a more consistent load when needed.
Its easy to forget that Kostitsyn not only had decent goal/point totals last year, but there were a few stretches of games where he really stepped up and was a major factor in winning multiple games:
10 pts in 8 games from Oct 9 to Oct 27
9 pts in 7 games from Feb 22 to Mar 8
Our team does not have a legit superstar, so we'll need all of our offensive guys to help carry the load throughout the season. Kostitsyn shouldn't be expected to be on fire all year, as that would be too much to ask of any of our players. But if he, along with the other 5 or 6 key offensive guys on the team can each be fairly consistent during the season, along with 2 or 3 hot streaks, then we should be in good shape.
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