Jump to content
The Official Site of the Montréal Canadiens
Canadiens de Montreal

#46 Andrei Kostitsyn 2007-08


jl-1

Recommended Posts

Guest The_Hockey_Specialist
How that wasn't a penalty just blows my mind. That is a double-minor that the refs chose not to call.

Yep, I call that a bush-league hit that was no-called as the refs wanted to make sure that the game was still close. Gotta make small market teams get that extra chance!

Andrei wasn't as noticable as the first two games but he played a decent game nonetheless. This doesn't deny the fact that he needs to put more effort to be more of an impact player. However, what I do notice is that he's available to help Kovalev and that in itself is improving #27's game by a lot and he's gotten hit a few times and gotten up like a trooper and gave some punishment in return.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Effort? lets not start this effort thing with Kostitsyn, He has been doing all the dirty work in the corners, throwing hits, backchecking, and getting into traffic to get better scoring chances. He has done anything but look lazy or not give 100%. He is working hard and cleaning up the loose pucks along the boards like a grinder, he has been playing with an edge since the start of camp rather than 100% finesse, and I like it alot, it adds a new dimenson to his arsenal, he is out there overpowering guys for the puck, something a slick handling finesse player like him rarely does.

A lack of effort? Hardly, its all about timing, once he adjusts that, and gets in the scoring areas at the right moments, he will be pumping in goals with ease. His shot is vicious, I dare say its more vicious than Kovalev's and Ryder's. He needs to try and shoot the puck more rather than create that extra play sometimes, a guy with this kind of shooting ability NEEDS to fire off 4 shots or more per game.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

He wasn't invisible at all. He threw his weight around, created scoring chances, battled in the corners, and helped on the backcheck. Don't mistake a lack of points for a lack of presence.

indeed. The #1 thing ive noticed from him this year is his defensive game. Man he's 100times better than he was without the puck than he used to be. His offensive game with come - especially with kovalev/pleks on his line.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest CanadianMike
I cannot see where anyone could question his efforts so far this season ?

I agree.

I am not going around like some Hab fans saying he is the next great one :rolleyes: , but come on folks he has been playing hard for us.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest jennifer_rocket
indeed. The #1 thing ive noticed from him this year is his defensive game. Man he's 100times better than he was without the puck than he used to be. His offensive game with come - especially with kovalev/pleks on his line.

I agree. I feel like Kostitsyn will be supplying the motor that keeps that line moving all year long. Plekanec can provide the brain/play-making, and Kovalev will provide the skill, but Kostitsyn will provide consistency on the fore-check! Hard work, skill, etc. He's going to have a solid year.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest Memo Gonzales
He wasn't invisible at all. He threw his weight around, created scoring chances, battled in the corners, and helped on the backcheck. Don't mistake a lack of points for a lack of presence.

Nice to read this. My thoughts were based on the radio broadcast, where they didn't mention Andrei's name many times. I guess next time I won't rely on them that much when rating the players performances. ;)

Hopefully he scores for us tonight!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Nice to read this. My thoughts were based on the radio broadcast, where they didn't mention Andrei's name many times. I guess next time I won't rely on them that much when rating the players performances. ;)

Speaking as someone who listened to many games on the radio last season (before I got cable ;)), I know that it's hard to gain an accurate idea of a player's performance, because the announcers only call what's directly in front of them, whereas you can watch other areas of the tv screen apart from the immediate play. Also, Rick Moffatt is a terrible play-by-play man. :)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest stevesaku
I was disapointed to see Kosty moved to the 3rd line in favor of Lats in the 3rd.

well, although it takes away his offensive qualities, he had a very poor game up to that point.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest overlords

I don't think that kosty played a bad game. We played like half the game on the PK. ANd he's played no where near as bad as latendresse but lats gets a promotion while kosty is sent to play with... kostopoulos. They had some good odd man rushes but kosty will always be better with players that can force him to use his potential like kovalev or koivu.

Kostitsyn - Koivu - Kovalev

demote higgins to 2nd line for 1 game to show him that u can't miss that many shots in one game while being depended on to be one of the main scorers.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest Banishing Blade
well, although it takes away his offensive qualities, he had a very poor game up to that point.

Lats wasn't spectacular either, getting out-hustled most of the time. Kostitsyn's game wasn't that bad, and he had some scoring chances until he was shifted to the third line.

I mean, I could understand the shift while Kostopoulos was in the box, but even after he came out, Lats was on the second line. I hope this won't turn out to be identical to Latendresse's promotion last season :/

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Carbo had Kosty skating on the 3rd line with Grabs and Kostopoulos today, it would be quite a shame if he lost his spot in the top 6 to Smolinski

It might be better for him to gain confidence playing against other teams 3 & 4th lines.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

nothign wrong with either of them smoke or kost on the second line

i would really like to see the line we had last yr back together

Kost/ Pleks / Higgins.

That was kiking butt last yr,

Throw kovalev on the first line. give it a go

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Carbo had Kosty skating on the 3rd line with Grabs and Kostopoulos today, it would be quite a shame if he lost his spot in the top 6 to Smolinski

I don't think it's losing anything, and before people jump to conclusions, neither Kovalev or Kostitsyn is at fault here.

As you mentioned, Grabovsky skated on the third line. It doesn't make sense to play him with a pair of grinders/checkers in Kostopolous and Smolinski, and you can't break up the fourth line (which has pretty much been our primary checking line) of Chipchura, Dandenault and Begin.

Putting Kostitsyn to the third line is a way of giving Grabovsky someone to work with (plus, don't they have established chemistry from Hamilton?). Also, without moving a current centerman, Grabovsky would be relegated to the wing; something that Smolinski is much more accustomed to playing anyways.

It's a bit of an experiment, but could be a worthwhile one.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest habinto
Carbo had Kosty skating on the 3rd line with Grabs and Kostopoulos today, it would be quite a shame if he lost his spot in the top 6 to Smolinski

Looks like Carbo is looking to get offense from his 3 top lines. If this is the case, I don't have a problem with Kost playing on the 3rd line. But, if the 3rd line is to be used defensively than I disagree with having both Grab and Kots on the 3rd line. This is not good for the team or the players.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

he's too worried about defensive coverage to get into his offensive style right now, and with that mindset he is losing confidence in himself with each game, the same way Latendresse has. When you force pure offensive players to start covering their tracks no matter what, good things never happen.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

he's too worried about defensive coverage to get into his offensive style right now, and with that mindset he is losing confidence in himself with each game, the same way Latendresse has. When you force pure offensive players to start covering their tracks no matter what, good things never happen.

Yup. Welcome to the Habs, where 'offense' is a dirty word and we force everyone to become the same two-way player, then wonder why we can't score goals.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...