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Poor Playoff Performance Shows That LA Kings Anze Kopitar Is Not An Elite Player…Yet
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06-15-2013, 10:22 AM
Join Date: Apr 2011
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You don't remember the endless threads of "we will never see that Quick again, he will never be the same again, we should stick with Bernier" and other such nonsense? Quick says that he was 100% and trying just as hard during the regular season, but had infinitely worse results. By your own admission, the guy came right back for us in superstar form after his months of toiling.
Saying that Kopitar's peak was "short-lived" is a mind-numbingly inane prediction that has no reasonable groundings other than to rile others. After being on fire, the guy had 2-3 lackluster months and you're predicting his demise. There would be no such thing as "elite" around the entire league if that were the case. You would have a point if he repeats next year in the same fashion, but saying it 30 seconds after his season ends, given such a small sample size, and a year removed from a Conn Smythe nominated, Stanley Cup winning, performance, is really quite meaningless.
Well, the playoffs are all that matters, right? Quick played arguably better this year than last (up until CHI series), so he kinda put those concerns to rest.
Personally, I give the entire team a free pass this season, most notably Kopitar and Brown, but if this carries in to next season, we got issues....I'm just participating in the debate. ;-)
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