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01-03-2011, 01:17 AM
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2011 World Junior Championship - Maxim Kitsyn, Russia

Russia forward Maxim Kitsyn talks about his team's 4-3 overtime win over Finland in the WJC quarter finals.

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I am pretty happy with him. It was a great pick for such a late round. His skill level is definitely up there, it is all about bringing it together and transitioning his game over to North America. Throw this guy out there with Loktionov and Voinov and see if we can get some chemistry going.

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Kings Should Draft More Russians!!!

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I am pretty happy with him. It was a great pick for such a late round. His skill level is definitely up there, it is all about bringing it together and transitioning his game over to North America. Throw this guy out there with Loktionov and Voinov and see if we can get some chemistry going.
Loktionov and Kitsyn would be 2/3 of a pretty good 3rd line that would scare the hell out of the opposition. Perhaps the Kings will draft another Russian,maybe Alexandr Khokhlachev or Vlad Nemestnikov...Either one would be a gem Now all the Kings have for the RW or put Moller with them.Oscar has paid his dues and deserves to be in LA,as has Lokti and Voynov...Would luv to see a Kings 5-pack of Russians.

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Loktionov and Kitsyn would be 2/3 of a pretty good 3rd line that would scare the hell out of the opposition. Perhaps the Kings will draft another Russian,maybe Alexandr Khokhlachev or Vlad Nemestnikov...Either one would be a gem Now all the Kings have for the RW or put Moller with them.Oscar has paid his dues and deserves to be in LA,as has Lokti and Voynov...Would luv to see a Kings 5-pack of Russians.
3rd line? No.

Ideally, the 3rd line will be Clifford-Schenn-Simmonds.


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Kitsyn can't be that good. I mean people around here will insist that star wingers can only be found in the 1st round and that Dean has been wasting his time drafting defensemen and centers in the 1st round when we need a star winger.

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Kitsyn isn't going to be a star winger in the NHL. I love his game. I think he will be a very good player and if he continues to develop I see him as being a very capable big tough power forward who could be good for 40/50 points per year if he is on the second line and less but being a real handful of a third liner who has the skills to be an effective point producer as well.

I haven't read anywhere that people are saying that Kitsyn will be a star. He's a really good prospect who needs time to develop into a power forward type and could absolutely lose his way between now and then just like any prospect. He just looks to be a pretty good one with a pretty good shot at making it for now.

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Kitsyn isn't going to be a star winger in the NHL. I love his game. I think he will be a very good player and if he continues to develop I see him as being a very capable big tough power forward who could be good for 40/50 points per year if he is on the second line and less but being a real handful of a third liner who has the skills to be an effective point producer as well.

I haven't read anywhere that people are saying that Kitsyn will be a star. He's a really good prospect who needs time to develop into a power forward type and could absolutely lose his way between now and then just like any prospect. He just looks to be a pretty good one with a pretty good shot at making it for now.
I will take the 50 points a season if 30 of those points are goals.

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I hope he gets to stay and play in the OHL. Sounds like it's a bit iffy.

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Funny this conversation came up today. Here is a tweet from Bob Mckenzie on the topic a few minutes ago.

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RUS F Maxim Kitsyn (LAK) on verge of transfer from KHL's Metallurg to Mississauga St. Mike's (OHL). Looks like he'll go from WJC to Missy.
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Kitsyn transfer not finalized yet but expected, so Team Canada coach Dave Cameron, GM-coach of St. Mike's, getting good look at new guy.
Looks like he may be OHL bound after all.

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3rd line? No.

Ideally, the 3rd line will be Clifford-Schenn-Simmonds.
Tired of hearing about 3rd lines. We have a ton of potential 3rd and 4th line NHLers but so does every other NHL team. We need 1st and 2nd line players. Projecting Schenn as a 3rd line center does not excite me. Schenn better be at least a 2nd line center or he becomes a bust at that high of pick.

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Tired of hearing about 3rd lines. We have a ton of potential 3rd and 4th line NHLers but so does every other NHL team. We need 1st and 2nd line players. Projecting Schenn as a 3rd line center does not excite me. Schenn better be at least a 2nd line center or he becomes a bust at that high of pick.
I think projecting where a junior player is going to be, and taking it for anything more than pure speculation is silly before they have even played an AHL or NHL game. Can we really tell where Schenn will be based on 9 NHL games?

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Tired of hearing about 3rd lines. We have a ton of potential 3rd and 4th line NHLers but so does every other NHL team. We need 1st and 2nd line players. Projecting Schenn as a 3rd line center does not excite me. Schenn better be at least a 2nd line center or he becomes a bust at that high of pick.
I think alot of people have Schenn as the 3rd line center much in the way Staal plays 3rd line in PITT. Schenn has a solid all around game were a guy like Loktionov may be more suited in a top 6 scoring role.

As for the Kitsyn remarks of being a 3rd line 50 pt guy I can really see that happening. I have watched him close in the Super Series and in the WJC. He crashes the net and doesn't shy away from any contact. He also has very good hockey sense and nice stick handling.

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I think alot of people have Schenn as the 3rd line center much in the way Staal plays 3rd line in PITT. Schenn has a solid all around game were a guy like Loktionov may be more suited in a top 6 scoring role.

As for the Kitsyn remarks of being a 3rd line 50 pt guy I can really see that happening. I have watched him close in the Super Series and in the WJC. He crashes the net and doesn't shy away from any contact. He also has very good hockey sense and nice stick handling.
Bingo.

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Bingo.
So who is our Malkin, then? We don't have the same center depth as the Penguins. Schenn will eventually center the 2nd line (maybe with Loktionov on his wing).

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I've been very impressed with Kitsyn in the WJC. He has a nose for the net and doesn't shy away from contact, but I wonder if that is because he plays in the KHL and now is playing against kids again. I wonder if he plays the same game in the KHL against men.

Hopefully, his transfer becomes official after the tournament and he gets to play in the OHL and AHL this season.

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He (MK) is still a couple of seasons away from the NHL in my opinion but I can tell you from seeing him play in Russia last year (pre draft) in comparison to this year that he has improved his game significantly in that time.

Who knows for certain how he will turn out but if he keeps at it once he gets time in the NA style of game under his belt and a chance to compete in as many games as he will here I wouldn't be surprised to see him on the Monarchs for a couple of seasons and then getting a cup of tea with the big club.

Wouldn't surprise me.

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So who is our Malkin, then? We don't have the same center depth as the Penguins. Schenn will eventually center the 2nd line (maybe with Loktionov on his wing).
Re-read what I highlighted. "Much in the way Staal plays", not that he is a 3rd behind 2 all-world talents.

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Re-read what I highlighted. "Much in the way Staal plays", not that he is a 3rd behind 2 all-world talents.
The Penguins can only afford to use Staal in that role because of the two centers ahead of him. The Kings just won't have that option.

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The Penguins can only afford to use Staal in that role because of the two centers ahead of him. The Kings just won't have that option.
Especially if Murray is still here. He has to have a rock solid 3rd line, come next season I don't see Schenn being handed a top 6 spot. Thus, he will at least start with Clifford-Schenn-Simmonds as the 3rd line.

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