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09-07-2011, 10:13 AM
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: St. Andrews
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I remember in stamkos's rookie year, at the 40 game point people were calling him a bust. Stamkos is a scorer, depends on his shot and positioning. It's allot easier to translate those skills to the NHL than JVR's skill set. Battling the crease, using speed and strength to beat players on the outside, soft hands inside 10 feet of the crease.
It took Mike Knuble 10 years to figure it out, JVR is doing it at 22.
We need to work on the Mike Knuble narrative. It didn't take him 10 years to figure out anything. It took coaches 10 years to figure out he wasn't just a 4th liner, and to start playing him with top scorers and giving him PP time.
In 2001-2, Mike Knuble played 9.45 a game, had 14 pts, and had 5 CAREER PP goals.
In 2002-3, Mike Knuble played 17.24 a game, had 59 pts, and 9 PP goals.
What happened? Bill Guerin signed in Dallas, and Mike Knuble took his spot in the top 6 where he proved he was quite effective at complementing elite scorers.
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