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02-08-2013, 08:51 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2011
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Basing it on numbers and viewing the games. That's all.
You're talking about team wins and team losses as if they are Mitchell's wins and Mitchell's losses. They're not. That's why it's silly NOT to dismiss it. Obviously the team will improve with Mitchell in the lineup instead of, say, Drewiske. All that means is Mitchell is better than Drewiske. Is this breaking news?
How would it be laughable? Doughty's popularity took a huge hit when he held out, and the popularity went to Mitchell. It's not difficult to see this progression, is it?
I don't want you to think I'm trying to take anything away from Drew. The kid is one of the most natural hockey players I've ever seen. I agree that he was a key component in last years playoff run. But even with all that talent he's still an early 20's defenceman that occasionally pinches too much and can get caught out of position. He rely's alot on his skating which can get him out of most jams but not always.
Willie Mitchell is steady as she goes, you never have to worry about him doing something stupid. I can count the number of mistakes this guy has made since coming to the Kings on 1 or 2 hands. There is also just an intangible that you cant quite put your finger on with WM. It's almost as if the team often forgets how to play a solid defensive game without him. I'm not the only person to notice it or talk about it.
You are certainly entitled to your opinion but to me it's obvious this team has and will continue to struggle without him.
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