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“I think Kopitar’s at the point in his career where he has to decide what he wants to do. Does he want to be the guy? If I was him, he should be looking at the situation and what’s going with (Evgeni) Malkin. When (Sidney) Crosby was playing, Malkin was happy to be second fiddle. Then, when Crosby went out, Malkin took over. He wins games on his own. Kopi has to do that! You can’t wait for wingers. You gotta make it happen. Some nights he’s gotta be the guy. And if he’s not, now it’s getting to the point in his game where it’s going to be tough to get up to the level he wants to be. Everbody knows him, everybody knows how he plays.

“He should be a little bit more - he reminds me a little bit of Mats Sundin. They’re big guys, but when they get close to the net, they’re not aggressive enough. They have to get these guys off their backs because they’re big guys. If they’re soft there, then you know what, those soft goals don’t come.

“I still have confidence in him. But, sometimes, management are too nice to their stars. He needs a wake-up call.”

-former LA Kings great Marcel Dionne on Anze Kopitar, via MayorsManor.

thanks to Jewels From The Crown for the pointer

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I think that Dionne is correct, but Anze has become an effective two way center over the past 2 years. I think he needs to make the leap now; now that he has solidified his defense. He does not play his size, but then again only Brown and Greene really use their size effectively on this team. If Anze play a little more mean or bigger, he could achieve what Dionne is talking about.

Posted by scooter from saskatoon on 03/02/12 at 11:20 PM ET

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Marcel is absolutely correct.  Kopi is certainly extremely talented, but he seems content with his offensive game, consequently his development has stalled, imo.  He needs to learn to use his size effectively, as well as become a little greedier with the puck at times.  Glad that Dionne spoke up.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 03/03/12 at 02:42 AM ET

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