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    Quote Originally Posted by Sultanic View Post
    I have seen him play in person at least 50 times over his career. He is a cheater. And that isn't a bad thing, you don't need a roster full of complete players. You just don't want them in overly defensive situations and that is what you will see here in just a few short weeks. His play last year was almost entirely with kids that deferred to him, that's a long way from playing with Anze.

    Don't expect point totals in the 80s, the over-under should be low 60s if he plays with Kopitar. If they can find a more competent PP then maybe it will be better than that.

    And regarding the PK time, there has been a shift over the past few years where you see a lot of speedy wingers with tremendous one on one skills seeing penalty kill minutes over the more traditional bottom 6 defensive specialists. It won't be a surprise to see Fiala get that here even though board work, point coverages and switches are far from his strengths. Kempe and Moore aren't exactly Selke candidates themselves, but they saw a ton of time because they could stretch the ice and generate quick attacks off of long passes.
    Hard to project how many points he will have as it really depends heavily on how well he meshes with Kopitar and what version of Kopitar we get next season. I could easily see him hitting 80 points on a line with Danault however. I don't think we have seen the best of him yet, but it may take awhile (2-3 seasons) for the right line mates to develop before we see a step forward from him, in terms of points.

    I'm not concerned with Fiala on the defensive side of the puck. I agree he's not going to be a defensive rockstar, but look at his stats and analytics from last season - he was solid on both sides of the puck. I agree that speed helps significantly on the PP, but it's not the only important factor and we should not undersell his progress or dedication shown to improving last season.

    Also the Kings are a bit unique in that a player cannot be truly successful on the team without being responsible in the defensive end - it's part of the teams core identity and likely not something that will fade away.

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    Every year is different. Kings have made improvements in bringing Fiala in. Plus with a healthy Doughty. QB will have to take a big step and play at a higher level in producing goals. Plus Vilardi has to produce for the Kings to keep in step with the division and conference.

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    I know this is in Vegas but why are the Golden Knights getting so much love? Have they gotten better this off season without Pacioretty & Lehner and with Kessel & Hill? I don’t think so. They’re also over the cap right now according to Cap Friendly. And as far as the injury excuse, we also got decimated by injuries both in numbers & to how many key guys were out. We found a way to overcome them while Vegas didn’t. I don’t see they’re rated so high at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Tran View Post
    I know this is in Vegas but why are the Golden Knights getting so much love? Have they gotten better this off season without Pacioretty & Lehner and with Kessel & Hill? I don’t think so. They’re also over the cap right now according to Cap Friendly. And as far as the injury excuse, we also got decimated by injuries both in numbers & to how many key guys were out. We found a way to overcome them while Vegas didn’t. I don’t see they’re rated so high at all.
    They gotta balance the books. Predicting the money is just as sensitive as balancing the chances. There are certain teams that always take cash and the book has to be defensive about it. For all we know Mattress Max is out there messing with the odds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammer06 View Post
    They gotta balance the books. Predicting the money is just as sensitive as balancing the chances. There are certain teams that always take cash and the book has to be defensive about it. For all we know Mattress Max is out there messing with the odds.
    Vegas books don't want to end up like 2018 where my Caps saved them from an ugly payout. All those local people who placed a joke longshot $20 bet on the new team almost got rich. I think Jammer is spot on.
    Last edited by hokiecat; September 23rd, 2022 at 02:16 PM. Reason: local people

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    LOL I have no idea why the idea of calling the people in Vegas "local people" seems so derogatory. Probably cuz I'm thinking of my in-laws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammer06 View Post
    They gotta balance the books. Predicting the money is just as sensitive as balancing the chances. There are certain teams that always take cash and the book has to be defensive about it. For all we know Mattress Max is out there messing with the odds.
    I thought it might be something along these lines.

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