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03-04-2013, 11:50 AM
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DeuceMN
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Originally Posted by WILDhockeyfan View Post
Centers I would take over Koivu:

Getzlaf
E. Staal
Toews
Datsyuk
Kopitar
Tavares
Spezza
Giroux
Crosby
Malkin
Thornton
Stamkos
H. Sedin

Centers who I think he's about on par with:

Bergeron
Duchene
Benn
Richards
Kesler
Backstrom
Lecavalier
I'ld agree with that list for the most part. I'ld take Koivu over E. Staal myself, but other than that, those other 12 I would agree are a better 1c.

I will add however, Koivu is better on d than many of them, which does expand his value to some degree. For a true 1c though, I wouldn't mind a little more scoring.

What I don't get, is that he has it in him. He shows it from time to time, and he really does have the skill. It's almost as if he chooses to play the way he does, which he does of course, but I just don't understand why doesn't show that offensive skill more often.

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