Like how to avoid taking bad penalties. I'm not saying Kopitar has a big problem with this, but generally rookies do. There are other reasons, but I don't feel like debating this with you since you obviously have your lips glued on Kopitar's ***.
You have no idea what those nuances are do you? Look, it's not necessary to get overly defensive and start getting insulting. I assure you that you don't want to go there and it's much better if you didn't. Let's keep it cool.
He has 16 PIM this season. Those 16 PIM were in 6 games. Not much of a problem.
Now, if you want to explain those nuances, I look forward to hearing them. If you just made that up and have no idea what they are that Kopitar needs to learn, then don't respond to this post. Nobody will think any less of you.
You aren't implying that, 3 years from now, he'll have nothing more to learn, are you? If that were the case, he'd plateau at 22 and never improve beyond that age. Is that really what you're suggesting? No, of course it's not, but people need to realize (before they criticize others) that there's no improvement without learning. Having room for improvement (especially when you're as good as Kopitar is, already) is a good thing, not a bad one.
I did not make a statement. I asked a question. Thus, I wasn't implying anything. I simply want to know what these nuances are and then he got on a personal attack kick, which was not necessary.
I suppose I could bail him out and actually name a few but I want to hear it from him.
Again, play on the ice is NOT the reason why players are named captain.
Sure, the Kings "look to him" to score, because he's their top line scorer. I think you're reading into Blake's quote too much. I highly doubt Blake is talking about Kopitar being his team leader.
For starters, he can't join the team when they go out for a drink. lol
Wow, this thread has gotten a little sideways. Let me clarify my question: Do any Kings fans believe that Kopitar has the tools (POTENTIAL) to one day (1yr-15yrs) be the captain of the Kings?
Originally Posted by adevandry
Can't remember the game, but Kostop. was boarded. (No call) As soon as the whistle blew Kopitar was the first one to give the other player a (small) cross-check in the back, It's not dropping the gloves, but it's still trying to stick up for a teamate (more then anyone else did). Also, getting the puck for Pushy's first goal. Big things? No, but not things you would expect from a 19 year old as well?
Again, what does learning the "nuances" of the game have to do with being Captain? I'm sure Morrow and Crosby (to name a few) are still learning the "nuances" of the game. (Crosby is assistant, but the Pens don't have a Captain, so for the most part he's a co-captain).
I have to really disagree there, Venom. Visnovsky would be an awful choice, IMO. He's the quiet type, even quieter than Norstrom. The captain needs to talk to the refs throughout the game, be available for the media after games and stand up in the dressing room to address the team. From everything that I know of Lubomir, that's the complete opposite.
If Norstrom were to be traded this season or next, I think that the captaincy would, absolutely, have to go to Blake. He's had it before and the team looks to him for leadership.
BTW, along the same lines, and assuming that he signs a multi-year deal this Summer, I think that it might be appropriate for Cammalleri to become an alternate captain next season. He was one for Michigan and has started to take on a more vocal role with the Kings. By next season, he should be at the point where he'll command enough respect to wear the 'A'. It'd also just be nice to start working the team's younger players into leadership roles, rather than relying on the over-35 crowd, as they are now.
You could be right, but Vis reminds me more of a Timonen-type captain. Timonen is doing a good job in Nashville. Hard to say what the guys are like behind closed doors...my reasoning is simply that this is Visnovsky's team right now. Perhaps the C would let him grow into that role.