Game #1: Kings lose to Blackhawks 5-2
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01-20-2013, 01:24 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
I love Mitchell. One of my favorite Kings probably of all time. I don't know if we have ever had a more underrated player. He is without question a top 5 player on this team, but if it came down to only getting him or Kopitar back, it's Kopitar every day of the week. Nothing against Mitchell at all, Kopitar is just that good.
If Kopitar doesn't play, you are forced to use Richards as your #1 center, which he isn't, then since the Kings 3rd line center is not capable of moving up to a scoring role you have to move your 2nd line RW to 2nd line C, which then weakens the skill on the wing, which is one of the few areas of concern with this team.
Kopitar is without question the most important player on the Kings, and very few if any teams around the league rely so much on one guy.
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