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02-05-2012, 05:35 AM
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Originally Posted by stonedhenge View Post
I wonder what kind of player Malkin would be today, if he had been developed under Terry Murray and his system. Murray definately helped Kopitar to be better on D, but he made him worse offensive player. Just look at some highlights from his rookie season and moves he made then. Man just look at his first NHL goal. Could he blow by defender (like Pronger then) and make that finish today? No he can't anymore. Now he is slower, his hands are worse, so he stops at the boards and waits for his wingers. I think even he realizes he regressed at offensive skills, so he is less confident (he holds himself at the boards) Well his wingers aren't helping him either.
You also have to take into account, the amount of times opposing teams focus on shutting him down.

Back as a rookie, no one had much video on him, no one knew how explosive he could be, now, he is the one being gameplanned around, it's a much much different game for him now than it was when he first started in the league.

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