To Kostitsyn or not to Kostitsyn...that is the question
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05-01-2006, 11:28 AM
Join Date: Dec 2005
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With Downey's minutes, he does less than Downey IMO. On the 2nd PP unit, he does less than any of our other options there, whoever they might be (Ryder, Ribeiro, Kovalev, Zed, Plekanec, Higgins, Bonk, Begin, Perezhogin, Bulis... there are plenty of PP unit options that I'd rate ahead of Kostitsyn for potential impact). In short, he becomes just another guy with no real role, like when Streit was in the lineup. Waste of time. Kostitsyn isn't ready, it's a non-starter to try to forcefeed him into the lineup now. I don't even really understand why anybody would suggest it.
Au contraire, I'll say that for potential impact, a fresh sniper with nothing to lose would be more dangerous than veterans who are dangerously going in the wrong direction when there's nothing going their way.
It's a question of 1 and 2 games now, and if I may take again the Wolski exemple, first game in the lineup he had a tremendous game and then he disappeared but he's not a liability.....But that's exactly what we need, 1 or 2 tremendous games, I'm not saying he's the answer for the long run but just for that short period of time.
As far as his sniper quality, I would take him over Bulis, Bonk and Begin, and I don't agree that a PP specialist is somebody who doesn't have a significant role in a team, not with the tons of penalities that we're seeing right now.
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