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01-08-2007, 01:49 AM
Join Date: Aug 2004
Kobasew has developed as a player. He is putting his focus, entirely on a different area, and it has effected his offensive numbers, so far. Right now, he is third on the team in hits behind Phaneuf and Regehr. He hits more than most of the defensemen. He has a pretty decent +/- compared to previous seasons. I don't here negative comments about him from either Playfair or Sutter (as a matter of fact, Playfair has been quite complimentary of him). Not only have they not criticized him, but they have increased his ice time and placed him on the second line. That tells me he must be doing exactly what he has been told. His takeaway/giveaway stats are quite good too, so I don't buy that he is being knocked off the puck the way some suggest.
I wouldn't trade him for Malone, because Kobasew has demonstrated he would go to the wall for the team. He has the desire to improve his game any way the team needs, and is willing to even sacrifice his offensive numbers to do it. I don't hear the same qualities from Malone. I hear he can be lazy. He played great when paired with Crosby but the effort is not always there.
I believe Kobasew will start scoring, and I hope he does it soon because his lack of offense, is effecting his confidence and it could cost him a spot on this team.
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