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#46 Andrei Kostitsyn 2007-08


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Did I ever mention how much I like his shot ? :lol:

I just wonder what others think...Is it time to seperate him from Kovalev?

I think there are times he gives up shots in good position and defers to Kovalev. Not that giving a pass to Kovalev is ever a bad option !!!

I just think he would use it more, and of course score more.

Then again, another year of tuteledge with Kovalev could keep a bit of pressure off him, thereby letting him gain even more confidence before he is relied upon to be our game breaker. I don't know for sure, what does everyone think.

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Did I ever mention how much I like his shot ? :lol:

I just wonder what others think...Is it time to seperate him from Kovalev?

I think there are times he gives up shots in good position and defers to Kovalev. Not that giving a pass to Kovalev is ever a bad option !!!

I just think he would use it more, and of course score more.

Then again, another year of tuteledge with Kovalev could keep a bit of pressure off him, thereby letting him gain even more confidence before he is relied upon to be our game breaker. I don't know for sure, what does everyone think.

i think one more year miltie. however i do see him being his own man in the very near future, and its possible within this season it might happen by circumstance. lets say due to injuries the lines get shuffled, he could hypothetically end up thriving on his own line. anyway id like to keep that line together from last year to start the year and see if they have retained their magic, the 2 AKs are dynamite! i think within one more season we will see andreis star power come out, and the decision will be easier than it is right now :)

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i think one more year miltie. however i do see him being his own man in the very near future, and its possible within this season it might happen by circumstance. lets say due to injuries the lines get shuffled, he could hypothetically end up thriving on his own line. anyway id like to keep that line together from last year to start the year and see if they have retained their magic, the 2 AKs are dynamite! i think within one more season we will see andreis star power come out, and the decision will be easier than it is right now :)

I may just be in too much of a hurry here !!! :D

With the way Carbo juggles his line up he could very well get a bit of time as the go to guy anyway, you are correct.

Also within the game there are chances, like say if Kovalev was out for a long time on the PP.

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Did I ever mention how much I like his shot ? :lol:

I think there are times he gives up shots in good position and defers to Kovalev. Not that giving a pass to Kovalev is ever a bad option !!!

I just think he would use it more, and of course score more.

Last year Andrei took 156 shots, good for 138th in the league. By comparison, Kovalev ranked 39th with 230 and Higgins was 31st with 231.

I know there are more goals on that stick and this might be what you are talking about in terms of Andrei's tendency to defer to Kovalev. Although it worked last year, Kovy might see more double coverage in '09 which should give Andrei more open looks. Here's hoping that more open looks translates to more shot-taking from Andrei. Finishing the equation is easy: more shots = more goals ;)

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More shots does equal more goals, but the more you shoot generally the more your shooting percentage drops as that means you are shooting from everwhere on the ice (including bad angles). Kovalev and Higgens shot the puck from some really bad angles last season though that is usually what you have to do if you want to score a lot of goals. Not all of your goals are going to come from a blistering shot or dekeing the goalie out. It would always be good if Andrei shot more, but if he plays with Kovalev on the PP you know Kovalev will get the puck most of the time to set things up and half hte time he will take the shot.

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Andrei's relative reluctance to shoot the puck is probably the only thing stopping him from being a perennial 35-40-goal scorer. He's already shown that he has the grit and tenacity to score the garbage goals from near the goalmouth. Now it's a question of him gaining the confidence to use his pure athletic ability to beat players one on one when the situation calls for it. He already does it, but he still has to develop the confidence to do it more often.

Basically, if he is one on one with a player in open ice, or is able to set up for a clean shot on the net, he should feel like a shark hitting the chum.

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Andrei's relative reluctance to shoot the puck is probably the only thing stopping him from being a perennial 35-40-goal scorer. He's already shown that he has the grit and tenacity to score the garbage goals from near the goalmouth. Now it's a question of him gaining the confidence to use his pure athletic ability to beat players one on one when the situation calls for it. He already does it, but he still has to develop the confidence to do it more often.

Basically, if he is one on one with a player in open ice, or is able to set up for a clean shot on the net, he should feel like a shark hitting the chum.

agreed 100%

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Andrei's relative reluctance to shoot the puck is probably the only thing stopping him from being a perennial 35-40-goal scorer. He's already shown that he has the grit and tenacity to score the garbage goals from near the goalmouth. Now it's a question of him gaining the confidence to use his pure athletic ability to beat players one on one when the situation calls for it. He already does it, but he still has to develop the confidence to do it more often.

Basically, if he is one on one with a player in open ice, or is able to set up for a clean shot on the net, he should feel like a shark hitting the chum.

Andrei's confidence rose immeasurably over the course of last season. I look at plays like the highlight reel goals against Atlanta and Washington last year as assurances that he is confident in his ability to carry the puck and finish plays on his own. I expect we'll see more of the same this year.

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