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07-24-2011, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Atoz View Post
I don't like Wolski but I don't think that Zuccarello or anyone else is any better right now. Does that make him a first line player by default? Hell, no. The people that need to learn something are the people that think that talented but lazy or unfocused players 'wake up' mid-way through their NHL careers and smell the coffee. Almost 20 years later, journeyman Kovalev is still criticized for the same bad habits he's had all his life.
He doesn't need to "wake up". He had ONE bad year. His game is not a grind it out game. He doesn't look as intense as you'd like him to. Oh well. Prior to last season, he had put up over 40 points every year he'd been in the NHL, and was coming off of 65. The first time he was traded it was for a decent return and he was in the middle of a great season; Phoenix WANTED him for their playoff push, and he did what they wanted him to do, performing very well all to the end of the season and in the playoffs for them. The next year started poorly, he got shipped here midway through, continued to have a mediocre year (was on pace for ~42 points here) and now he's a useless player who needs to wake up and all this other stuff. He's no all-star. He's a young, inconsistent guy with good offensive talent. He's far from what most posters here want to make him out to be though. Trade him for a bag of pucks!

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