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Grade/Discuss Kyle Okposo

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07-29-2013, 05:15 PM
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Grade/Discuss Kyle Okposo

http://islanders.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473449

First half Okposo was a bust. 2nd half Okposo is the guy I expect to see EVERY night. He can be a beast, but he has to want to do it every night. Would like to see him shoot more also.


Overall grade: B+

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C+ from me, he's extremely inconsistent and when he's on a bad streak he puts the team in horrible positions with his turnovers. I don't like to see guys just not put the effort in night in and out.

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No more than a B from me but only because I liked his finish.

He must turn the corner and be the player we saw in the playoffs for an entire season.

I don't think he'll ever produce amazing points, but if he can be that player on effort alone, good things will come.

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I gave him the same grade I have bailey.

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Driving force to get us into the playoffs. A.

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C- for his regular season, A- for his playoff. Ipso facto, he gets a B-.

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No more than a B from me but only because I liked his finish.

He must turn the corner and be the player we saw in the playoffs for an entire season.

I don't think he'll ever produce amazing points, but if he can be that player on effort alone, good things will come.
Agreed. If Okposo can be a Flatley 2.0 type then I would be very happy. As we saw in the playoffs, Kyle's puck protection skills and ability to drive the play were huge.

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Agreed. If Okposo can be a Flatley 2.0 type then I would be very happy. As we saw in the playoffs, Kyle's puck protection skills and ability to drive the play were huge.
I never watched Flatley, was too young. Was he physical? Because I want Okposo to start hitting again, or at least bump guys for puck possession. He used to be amazing at that in his rookie year.

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Depends on whether he brings "playoff Okposo" all season next year. If you want a grade up to now for his career i give him a C. If the end of last year is what we see from now on hes a B+ or A- player. I like Okposo and i hope his game continues to improve to the point where he can play and be one of our best players at even strength, PK and PP....if that happens hes an A player

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He needs to be more of a physically dominant player and keep moving his feet. He has potential to be a legit power forward, but he needs more of an edge...play a bit dirtier, drop the gloves, start intimidating people. He has good speed and good hands. I find him unpredictable which helps him sometimes, but might be frustrating to play with...

He's close...

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Which Kyle Okposo am I grading?

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Gained some weight and played last year at 212 lbs. At 6'0 tall that's quite a bit of weight for that height imo maybe threw off his production a little.

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Very inconsistent, when he's hot you love him, when he's cold you loathe him.

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Impressive end to the season but far too inconsistent for years before that. Lots of potential still to unearth though

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C+ from me, he's extremely inconsistent and when he's on a bad streak he puts the team in horrible positions with his turnovers. I don't like to see guys just not put the effort in night in and out.
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C- for his regular season, A- for his playoff. Ipso facto, he gets a B-.
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What they said. I will not give him a free pass for not showing any signs of life for a 1/2 season.

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gave him a B- only because he seemed to be getting stronger as the year went, and played well when it counts most. if he did the opposite, i would have given him a C.

doesn't look like he will ever be a great all around player, but will be a very useful one, if he keeps up with the good work ethic. a solid, solid 2nd liner, is where i see him.

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I gave KO a C+ for the season.
Could have gone to B- but considered that his play the majority of the season was putrid, his worst ever for him. He was invisible for the most part, and when he was visible it was because he was falling down, screwing up, not hitting, not fighting for or winning puck battles.
That would have gotten him an F (and trade ASAP for anything) from me had it continued.
His play the last month of season and playoff was his best play ever, so he was able to recoup from the F grade. I wouldrate him an A- for the last month and playoffs.
Net rating I came up with was a middle ground with some generosity: C+.

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I gave him a B almost a B+. What some see as inconsistency, I hope is growth since once he got it last year he played well throughout rather than up and down. At the start of the year he seemed out of shape falling down from the breeze everytime someone opened up a door in the lobby but by the end of the year was playing like the player we had hoped he would be. Someone please correct me if I am wrong but I don't think he played during the lockout prior to the season starting. So I am optimistic on both him and Bailey, hoping KO will come in with good conditioning and pick up where he left off.

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Which Kyle Okposo am I grading?
lol i asked myself the same thing

1st half Kyle: F
2nd half/Playoff Kyle: A

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lol i asked myself the same thing

1st half Kyle: F
2nd half/Playoff Kyle: A
Which is why I gave him a C. I'm hopeful he's finally turned the corner though and will start to resemble the 2nd half player a lot more than the 1st this coming season.

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Gained some weight and played last year at 212 lbs. At 6'0 tall that's quite a bit of weight for that height imo maybe threw off his production a little.
Is it a conditioning issue? What kind of weight is he starting the season with? Seems he picks it up later in the season -- could he simply take awhile to get into shape?

Somebody get him Gary Roberts's phone number.

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The first half was obviously awful. To the point where a lot of people wanted to trade him for a mid-round draft pick or less. That said, the second half and the playoffs was impressive enough to overshadow the ice cold start. He was an absolute beast during that time, and showed a glimpse of the potential we thought we were getting when we drafted him.

Even though it was only a 6-game sample, he showed me that he's a playoff performer, and a guy we can count on to step up when it matters the most. He obviously needs to find consistency, but his play to end the season was easily the most encouraging sign we've seen from Okposo yet.

Was going to give him a B, but the potential he showed convinced me to bump it up to a B+. Definitely a part of the long-term answer here. Can't wait to see how he responds next season. After seeing him in full-beast mode, I expect him to be a man on a mission this offseason. Training with JT(assuming, from that picture) would definitely be a good start.

I expect both Okposo and Bailey to assert themselves as impact players next season.

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Is it a conditioning issue? What kind of weight is he starting the season with? Seems he picks it up later in the season -- could he simply take awhile to get into shape?

Somebody get him Gary Roberts's phone number.
He definitely looked like he had a conditioning issue. He didn't train/play during the lockout, which was a terrible decision on his part. This season he's hopefully hitting the treadmill like a mother****er. He's always been really strong, he needs to work on his stamina.

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only a small sample but the grade curve is starting to look lognormal.. sorry couldn't resist, just the mathgeek in me.

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