KOPITAR - Has Anybody Actually Seen Him Play?

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  1. Sam I Am

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    Comments and analysis only from those who have seen him with their own eyes.
     
  2. Anthony Mauro

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    He looks big and rangy. With some slick skills.
     
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    I saw him a bit on TV during the World Championships. He was noticeable, and his offensive instincts were pretty obvious. That's about all I remember.
     
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    I caught him at the worlds as well on TV, he looked like he had some talent. He was able to make good plays against the weaker teams.

    He was out of his depth against NHL defencemen but thats to be expected at his age.
     
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    Only on TV. He was really one the only Slovenians I noticed against Canada (along with the Rodman brothers.)
     
  6. Anthony Mauro

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    What made you notice him? Good shot, stickhandling, passing? What are his strengths?
     
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    Yeah you can definitely see on the picture that he's got some slick skills. :shakehead
     
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    He's really very talented, has got big big skills.
    Don't know if he will be able to adapt to NHL, but I think it'll be the case.
     
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    He was on TV for the world championships. He looked skilled, smart and big. On the minus side, he looked slow footed. Slow enough that I have him after Brule and Pouliot on my list.
     
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    I think he's got some skills. I am happy to have been helpful, you don't have to thank me.
     
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    Like the others, only saw him in the worlds. Seemed to have decent awareness in both zones. Looks like his skills have potential, but it was his awareness and positioning that I noticed.
     
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    His two way play impressed me as well. At the world vs Germany he struck me as a mature two way centerman. His offensive instincts and hands set him apart, along with his great frame. His offensive touch reminded me a bit of Danny Heatley. His skating game could use work, and he could grow a physical edge, but other wise it all appeared to be there.

    I think he's the 5th best player in the draft.
     
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    I've seen him about 10-12 times live (in Sweden, Estonia and Denmark). A few on TV.

    Most reports are accurate. deadly from the hash marks in- tremendous goal-scoring instincts, variety of shots- often sudden or disguised, slick heads-up play with the puck (stickhandling and passing) even in traffic, not a great first step or flashy agility but very strong on his legs, bullish- doesn't get knocked off the puck easily, tremendous eye-hand coordination, seems to be liked by everyone- works hard on and off the ice.

    He seems to be growing steadily too.

    Vanek and Allison are apt comparisons.
     
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    Just like to add that from what I've read, he's working hard on his leg strength and foot speed for this upcoming season and he's hoping to play in the Swedish Elite league full time.
     
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    Interesting...Apparently the Islanders are ENTHRALLED with him. Too bad he won't be around by the 15th pick.
     
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    Six foot two and growing?

    I'm hoping Habs will draft him fifth.

    Thanks.
     
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    I have seen him listed as a center and right winger. What position will he play in the NHL?
     
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    That's his kiss of death right there. Now we know that he'll be a bust.
     
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    1. Crosby
    2. Pouliot
    3. Johnson
    4. Ryan

    Kopitar has as much upside as any of those players aside from Crosby but i've only seen him twice and it was vs men so it's hard to gauge his game compared to the others while they are dominating major junior and NCAA teams.
     
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    Where would you take him? Is he a risky player like some suggest or he is given this label because he's from Slovenia?
     
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    what about his defensive game specificaly. I have read were people have said he has a little edge but have not heard about his overall defensive game. I think the CBJ will end up drafting him, so I just gots to know.
     
  25. Anthony Mauro

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    Aside from his skating, I think its laughable that some people have to grasp at straws to find something wrong with him, and say his nationality is a negative.

    It seems as though there aren't any flaws with AnZe.
     
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