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01-26-2012, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by HSF View Post
if people consider Filatov a bust then we should hold the same measuring stick here
Interesting point here, though I think two things play into it that seperate Hickey and Filatov.

The first being that Filatov is a forward, and Hickey isn't. Filatov should have had more openings in which to crack the NHl full time, and he was also on a weaker team in Columbus than Hickey is on LA. Filatov's NHl road should have been easier. Add in that Hickey's had two major injuries which have cost him a lot of development time (almost all of the 2009-2010 season for one) and Filatov's had an easier road.

The second is attitude, which is what Filatov seems to need to work on. His constant running back to Europe when he doesn't get what he wants is an issue, as is the lack of work ethic I've heard Columbus fans mention. Hickey doesn't have that issue of attitude holding him back.

Ask Columbus fans if they miss Filatov, you won't see much support. The fact Hickey is still overall supported by the Kings fan base shows the guy isn't as bad as some are claiming in this thread.

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