Is Oates the biggest flop of the year?
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01-02-2004, 08:28 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Three quick comments in response to some posts above.
Oates broke his hand last year with Anaheim and it hurt his productivity midway through last season. But still, he stabilized the center position for the Ducks and gave the team a savvy vet who lead the young Ducks to the 7th game of the Stanley Cup. Lets not forget, it was Oates on the ice winnning faceoffs or making smart plays that gave Anaheim some key victories last year in the playoffs.
Fedorov is leading Anaheim in scoring with 26 pts. Should his production be higher? Sure but Anaheim is only starting to gell and don't be surprise if Fedorov and Sykora's stats go up the second half of the season. He has been anything but a bust for the Ducks.
Prospal has been a good player for the Ducks. 19 pts in 37 games is not great compared to his dream season last year. But the Ducks didn't sign him to be a go-to-guy. Fedorov and Sykora are the gamebreakers. Like Fedorov, Prospal is still finding himself with the team and its only a matter of time the Ducks find its identity. The team has been playing alittle better since having a players-only meeting after losing to Florida 3-2. IMO, the entire Comrie fiasco distracted the team and they got complacent waiting for Bryan Murray to make changes when in reality, the players needed to step up. The talent is there. Now its just a matter of the players grooving and having fun.
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