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08-06-2011, 12:51 AM
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Jozef Stumpel, C

- 6'3", 222 lbs
- Top-12 in Assists 3 Times (4th, 5th, 12th)
- Top-20 in Points Twice (10th, 13th)
- Best Points percentages by the seventies system: 87, 77, 64, 62, 57, 50, 49, 47
- on pace for 88 & 74% in two injury-shortened seasons (2000, 2001)
- 8 points in 19 games in 5 best-on-best tournaments
- 32 points in 40 games in 6 other tournaments
- World Championship Gold & Bronze (2002, 2003)

Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1993 – 94
rangy and strong, Stumpel is an excellent skater adept at slipping away from checkers to find open ice. He fires rockets off the right wing and has a reputation for deadly accuracy. Like many European players, Stumpel is not predisposed to an aggressive style of play, relying on abundant finesse.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1994 – 95
Stumpel's best attribute is his skating. He has speed and agile, quick moves that can shake a defender. Add to that a long reach with good puck control, and Stumpel can make things happen even on the small ice surface of Boston Garden.… He has a deft scoring touch and is also a passer with a good short game.… Stumpel has good hockey sense and could probably be a decent special-teams player, but there are too many ahead of him on the depth chart… Stumpel is not an overly physical player, although he won't back down. He goes into the corners and bumps, and he protects the puck with his body… Stumpel has to learn to play with more emotion every night. He has solid games and then nights where he is a nonfactor…
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1995 – 96
Stumpel took a big step forward last season, taking over as the Bruins second line center… Although the point production wasn't as consistent as the Bruins had hoped – he was a much less effective player on the road – he showed good chemistry with his new linemates… Is still adjusting to a full-time role. Given more time on the power play, he could respond to the responsibility… This will be a key season for him, with a new coach coming into Boston and the potential change again in his role…
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1995-96
his determination to make it in the NHL is real, his work habits are very good, and his overall skill level is top-notch… He has all the right characteristics to make a good NHLer, but he hasn't been able to put it together yet.
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster 1996 – 97
speed and agility are his strong points. Good puck control and a long reach. Will go into the corners and bump, but not grind. If the going gets tough, he's gone.… He will have to produce with limited talent on the wings. With his skills, he could be considered a sleeper.
Originally Posted by McKeen's Hockey Pool Yearbook 1996 – 97
firmly established himself as number two man behind Oates... Deft stickhandler and fine playmaker, he improved a great deal and has shown flashes of brilliance, but not enough to project himself as a future star. If he can maintain his intensity and play more physical on a nightly basis, he has a shot at being a point per game player.
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1996 – 97
smart and creative, Stumpel plays with the belief that he can make a difference, and it shows in his effort. Although he has been inconsistent at times, he has for the most part given a complete effort, using his skating and puck skills to put numbers on the board. When he subbed for injured Adam Oates on the team's top line last year, Stumpel showed he could be a team leader, though he's not the player to leave the team in scoring… The Bruins need Stumpel to outgrow his peaks and valleys and become a more consistent player. Early in the 1996 season, he was harshly judged to lack intensity. Later in the same season, he was lauded for being one of the team's best players. If he can find a way to keep his level of play high, he'll be in good shape.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1996 – 97
Stumpel was put in a position to succeed last season as the Bruins number two center and it proved to be the right spot for him, at least on this team… On a deeper team, Stumpel's lack of skating speed would drop down further on the depth chart… Stumpel took advantage of the ice time with improved point production, finally living up to the promise that his hand skills have always indicated… Stumpel is not an overly physical player and can be intimidated… He goes into the corners and bumps and he protects the puck with his body, but when the action gets really fierce, he backs off… Stumpel went from being a bubble player at the start of the season to a regular on the second line… He can hardly rest on one good season.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1997 – 98
despite his limited game, Stumpel made the most of the ice time given to him as a number two center. Asking him to become a number one after the trade of Adam Oates was simply asking too much, and Stumpel could drop back to the second line… He has good hand skills, which allow him to compensate for his skating speed up to a point...
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster 1997 – 98
Stumpel led the Bruins in points and assists despite the fact that he was the teams second line center behind Adam Oates for most of the season… Given better linemates, the crafty playmaker could reach the 85 point level in a career year… Hand skills, nifty passer. Is now much more consistent in his production… He's no big bad Bruins in traffic areas… The little bravado inside him completely vanished in road games… Lacks speed for such a finesse type player.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1998 – 99
Stumpel keeps getting put in situations where he is expected to be a number one center, but he is not in that elite class… He is very patient… Stumpel uses his feet well to keep the puck alive, kicking up onto his stick or keep it in the attacking zone… He has responded to the best of his ability to fulfill his role… Stumpel is quite powerfully built, but he doesn't play to his size. He can be intimidated, and teams go after him early. Opponents know how crucial Stumpel is to the King's attack, and that Stumpel will take a hit to make a play in the offensive zone.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2000
he does not shoot nearly enough, and if he ends up playing with fellow Slovak Ziggy Palffy this season, he may not shoot at all.
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster 1999 – 2000
after a career year in 1998, Stumpel regressed badly last season due to a series of injuries and teams Lack of offense. One of the better passers in the league, the Slovak was a major reason for the King's inconsistencies. Though 6 foot three and 216 pounds, Stumpel's game is finesse and skill. He sees the ice well and anticipates where linemates will be
Originally Posted by McKeen's Hockey Pool Yearbook 1999 – 2000
much of the Kings' offensive woes can be traced to this talented Slovak who battled a barrage of injuries from preseason hip and ankle problems to a late-season knee injury, and never regained his form of the two previous seasons. Skilled playmaker and slick puck handler lacks overwhelming speed and despite being solid defensively last year, failed to provide the offensive creativity that netted him consecutive years of 76 and 79 points… Expect a big rebound.
Originally Posted by McKeen's Hockey Pool Yearbook 2000 – 2001
for the second consecutive season the King's watched their top center men struggle with various injuries including hernia surgery last November, however he played very well when healthy and was especially effective down the stretch… Slick, playmaking pivot has excellent strength on the puck, sees the ice extremely well and can handle himself defensively, but what holds him back from being an NHL superstar is his mediocre speed and skating… Management has legitimate concerns about his durability.
Originally Posted by the Sports Forecaster 2000 – 2001
at top form, Stumpel is a point per game man. He regained that status last season with the help of new linemates… But injuries nonetheless limited his effectiveness on occasion. After being sidelined twice, the slick center man bounced back after the All-Star game to perform at the level the Kings feel he can
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2001
the arrival of Ziggy Palffy put Stumpel in a position where he was destined to succeed. Stumpel is a setup man, Palffy a finisher. Both come from the Slovakian hockey system and are great pals, and their styles mesh perfectly.
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster 2001 – 2002
after re-signing late, the Kings number one center never truly got on track last season. While Stumpel continued to play well at both ends of the ice, his production level was well below expectations. On a positive note, the big Slovakian pivot played at a consistent level throughout the postseason. One aspect of the game that Stumpel must improve upon is his ability to stay healthy, since he has averaged just 65 games in four seasons in Los Angeles. Is a smooth playmaker and nifty stickhandler… While the team is satisfied with his two-way play, they need Stumpel to approach his career-high in points.
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster 2002 – 2003
it's hard for 6'3" 225 pounder to disappear. However, the Slovakian center did just that in round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs against Montréal.… Stumpel just doesn't shoot enough to score a lot of goals. His game is cerebral and based on finesse… He'll certainly rack up assists the Bruins need more goals and consistency.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2003
Stumpel is a setup man and he needs to play with a stone finisher. Stumpel doesn't have much sand in his game and achieves everything with finesse… Not a him crunch time player
Originally Posted by McKeen's Hockey Pool Yearbook 2002 – 2003
often injured Slovak returned to Beantown in October's Jason Allison deal and was carrying the B's offense the third quarter before vanishing during the stretch run and playoffs… A talented playmaker Stumpel's game is based on puck control, using his size, strength and soft hands to buy time in traffic, that he is a sluggish skater with no extra gear to handle the quicker playoff pace, and is still reluctant to utilize his very good shot.
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster 2003 – 2004
Stumpel's production has dipped, since flirting with the point a game Mark in the mid-1990s. Still, he hopes a return to LA will rekindle his offenses ability after coming over from Boston… His game is defined by finesse and puck distribution, and he's also effective in the face-off circle The big Slovak should throw his weight around more and fire more pucks on goal.… Could be an ideal second line center.
Originally Posted by the Sports Forecaster 2006 – 2007
how slow was Stumpel's start last season? He started off with just four points in 24 games before tallying 48 points in 46 games – only to sustain a hip flexor injury. A skilled, intelligent center who moved to right wing last year, the Slovak sees the ice very well and find the open man with ease. He is somewhat injury prone but, as he proved in the second half, still has the touch that saw him garner 79 points for Los Angeles.
Originally Posted by The Sports Forecaster 2007 – 2008
for the second straight season, the slick, intelligent veteran piled on the offense in the second half. After starting the year with 14 points in 31 contests, Stumpel then produced 43 points in 42 games. Notorious for choosing to pass over shooting, Stumpel tried to shake his reputation by firing more shots on net than he had in any of the last eight seasons. The result was a new career high in goals.

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