Thread: Going Bonkers
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01-14-2004, 01:50 PM
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I still see Bonk as a key part of this team - and not because of what he does or doesn't do in January. Bonk has (finally) emerged as a player with a tendency to raise his game when it's necessary. Two years in a row now he's been 2nd on the team in playoff scoring, and that doesn't speak to his defensive, physical, and more intangible assets. Bonk was scoring clutch points down the stretch last year, and in many of the tough games against top opponents like Philadelphia and New Jersey.

Is he as good as he could be? No, I don't think so. As much as I like him, I think there is some truth to the fact that his effort isn't always there. And on a team with guys like Hossa, Havlat and Alfredsson generally doing their things at high speeds, Bonk's game can be overlooked and sometimes easily criticized. It's not flashly the way Spezza's can be, or dominating the way Chara's can be. But, as was stated, there aren't very many NHL players who can boast Bonk's skill set and overall game.

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