3/26/13 - 7:30PM EDT - Buffalo vs Tampa Bay
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03-27-2013, 10:15 AM
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He's a two-way player and, yes, he's seeing PK time but Killorn wouldn't be playing so regularly in the top-6 if he didn't possess significant offensive talent. No, he's not as creative and flashy as St. Louis and he's not as explosive nor as much of a sniper as Stamkos. He is, in some ways, like a blend of the two, absolutely "an offensive guy".
At Harvard, Killorn was pretty much the go-to forward whose production was vital. He doesn't have to be that guy here and when you consider the role he's been playing on the top lines at even-strength, he's essentially served in a similar capacity as Fedotenko did in his time here: a valuable third-wheel who banged and battled along the boards to establish and maintain possession and capable, passing- and shooting-wise, with the puck on his stick. And Killorn has thrived so far in this role.
He's often very direct, north-south, moving the puck up-ice in his own end or the neutral zone but watch him closely when he has possession in the opposing end and you see how well he uses his frame along the boards and in tight spaces to shield the puck but how also he can be deceptive, shifty, able to look off defenders to create space for himself. Watch him slide along then wheel out from the boards into the slot or near the blueline around or away from traffic then read whether a pass or shot is an option. Killorn is already very strong in the offensive third but, in time, he could be a possession monster.
I agree like Fedotenko a valuable third wheel ? I agree with everthing you said about him.
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