2014 - Canada Roster Discussion (Part IV)
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03-11-2013, 09:42 AM
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No, I don't think so. He's a pretty good player, and kudos to him for finishing-off many of the scoring chances that Crosby's creating, but the fact of the matter is that he is feeding heavily off Crosby. The problem with a guy like Kunitz is that he'd essentially be on the Olympic team for one reason purpose - to play on the wing, with Crosby. If he dries up (which frankly is bound to happen at some point, if history is any indication) and the coaches want to try someone else (we have a plethora of better players available) on Crosby's wing, what are they going to do with Kunitz? He can't play on another line, really. We certainly wouldn't count on him to kill penalties or play in a defensive role. So basically he'd be a guy that's penciled into one roster spot in the forward group. And bringing players that have chemistry together is great and all, but it has to make sense. Crosby has shown time and time again that he can play outstanding hockey with absolutely anyone.
Aside from Crosby and Stamkos, who are the #1 and #2 scoring options, I'm a very firm believer that the remainder of our forward group should be reasonably be able to perform successfully on any of our four forward lines, and I just don't see that with Kunitz.
Why couldn't Kunitz play a defensive role or kill penalties? He skates well, hits and plays well defensively. He's shown throughout his career that he can compliment skill plays (Crosby, Malkin, Getzlaf, Selanne, etc)
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