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[CBJ/MTL] Mike Blunden for Ryan Russell (July 2011)
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01-30-2012, 11:16 PM
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It did not occur to me that you might be talking about their skating styles. Though to be fair, that was not clear in your previous post. I apologize for being rude.
I was talking in terms of role. Wondering whether Blunden has enough upside to eventually fill a Kosto type role - not whether the physical mechanics of his play are similar.
It's not just skating style, though. Like I said, it's about how they play the game in general, in all zones, and size/way they use it. I think I've gone on at length about all that stuff everywhere I've touched on the comparison, but no worries.
Without getting into the vague realm of "upside" too much, I could definitely see Blunden being used in the same "role" T. Kost. was. Kostopoulos played pretty well with Lapierre and Latendresse, and I think Blunden would make an even better compliment to a line like that. Kosto was also occasionally thrown onto higher lines for his work ethic/defense. I don't know about trying the same thing with Blunden at this point. I think he'd be exposed too much defensively against top line opposition compared to T.Kost, but I think he'd be able to contribute/create more offensively than he did. Feels kinda funny saying that though, as Kostopoulos was definitely the bigger scorer in the minors. Just one of those things, I guess.
I don't think there's really a big difference in their overall "calibre" to be honest, but in certain team comps I could see a bigger guy with better hands/offensive instincts and similar work ethic adding more to the bottom of the depth chart where these guys
be. Really liked T.Kost, though, and his consistency is definitely a point in his favour.
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