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    Quote Originally Posted by kingrussell View Post
    I don't think they are taking into account his defensive play enough. No doubt he is no longer a premier scorer,but it should be an all around evaluation. Some of the guys ranked ahead of him are not very good defensively.He's still very good at faceoffs and still a good passer. He's probably not top 10 any more,but definitely top 20.
    His defensive play really declined last year, likely the reasoning behind his slip out of the top 20. Reasonably, he could be on this list in one of the last 4 or 5 spots.

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    I don't think it declined that much. apparently you didn't watch the playoffs. It made a difference when he was guarding McDavid compared to others.

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    He's slow-ish by modern NHL standards, declined a bit recently, not very flashy and the soon-to-be 35yo is also playing in a non hockey market.

    Of course he's not in the top 20 NHL ranking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurisu View Post
    Don't forget to factor in where he plays.

    Yup, (North) East Coast Bias.

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    These rankings are typically points-centric so whatever. However this thread made me look up Kopi’s stats again and he ranked 26th in points among centers. Better than I’d thought.

    Considering he was a ppg player the first half I’m excited to see what happens now that he’ll have a legit finisher on both wings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clif View Post
    These rankings are typically points-centric so whatever. However this thread made me look up Kopi’s stats again and he ranked 26th in points among centers. Better than I’d thought.

    Considering he was a ppg player the first half I’m excited to see what happens now that he’ll have a legit finisher on both wings.
    At training camp, I hope McLellan at least takes a look at Danault centering Kempe and Fiala.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VCRW View Post
    At training camp, I hope McLellan at least takes a look at Danault centering Kempe and Fiala.
    I think that’d be an amazing line. The effect on the rest of the lines is what would worry me though. Past Iafallo, who else would fit with Kopi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VCRW View Post
    At training camp, I hope McLellan at least takes a look at Danault centering Kempe and Fiala.
    I think Moore and Arvidsson would probably beat up McClellan in a dark alley before that happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VCRW View Post
    At training camp, I hope McLellan at least takes a look at Danault centering Kempe and Fiala.
    Considering the abundance of chemistry he had with Arvi and Moore I'd rather see him try Fiala and Kempe with Byfield. Hopefully that "kickstarts" his path to stardom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bollocks View Post
    Considering the abundance of chemistry he had with Arvi and Moore I'd rather see him try Fiala and Kempe with Byfield. Hopefully that "kickstarts" his path to stardom.
    Maybe they can get Kopi some motorized skates… or switch Kempe back to center…

    But seriously, you are correct that Byfield should be the real answer… or even Turcotte… problem is neither may ever be that guy…

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