Mike Kostka: AHL All-star or future NHLer?
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12-24-2012, 11:57 AM
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Gardiner has been the better all around player in the AHL this year but Schultz has been a force on the offensive side. As someone pointed out if Schultz can start being solid defensively then god help the Western conference.
Dominating against AHL opponents is one thing, but it's quite another against NHL opposition.
I'm not too worried about Schultz. The hype sounds too good to be true. In the AHL, Schultz can BE offensive and have a lot more freedom because he has high skilled forwards opening things up. In the NHL, Yakupov, RNH and Hall aren't considered super-deadly, and teams can play better defensively. Schultz, to me, seems like another Byfuglien-style defenseman. The lack of acceleration will make thngs hard for him at the NHL level in rapid transition games.
There are weaknesses to exploit there.
As for Kostka, I expect he will stay in the AHL, but could understand him making a break into the NHL. 27 years isn't that old for a blue liner and the book hasn't been closed on him, yet.
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