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03-05-2013, 05:09 AM
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[QUOTE=KingsCorona;60993767]I'm not sure if he didn't fit our system or not... I thought part of the reason he struggled was that we had him on the wings a lot just because it was where we could fit him in. Stoll is drawing a lot of criticism lately, though... would he not have been a good option for 3rd line center right now? I'm genuinely asking, btw, not suggesting. How do people think he would have done?

Pretty hard to predict, honestly. He couldn't play the same role or style that Stoll plays. Loktionov is probably never going to be a great forechecker and strong on the boards. So he would have to be a factor a different way with linemates such as King, Nolan, Clifford, Penner, Gagne etc.

I actually think Stoll has been playing well this year. Solid in the Face Off circle, disciplined with "only" 7 minors in 20 games, aggressive and consistent on the forecheck, chipped in 7 points and he is leading our PK in ice-time for forwards.

Still a shame Loktionov never was able to convince the Kings that he deserved a regular role. He's got terrific vision and good hands.

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