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04-16-2004, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by bleeding blue
Ok sweet, he has 21 goals and an earth shattering 8 assists. So that puts him in the elite club with the likes of Nils Ekman, Dave Vybony, Mike Knuble, Alexander Daigle, ect. 20 goals mean little. 20 goals is a role player in my book. Hell, Gionta got outscored by defenseman like Mike Van Ryan and Nate Dempsey. And who cares what line he was on?! To me that just diminishes the goals and points he did accumulate. When you play with great players your obviously going to get better feeds and less defensive pressure on you. How many careers did Gretz and Lemieux make out of their linemates? Gionta is a role player, deal with it.
Gionta is more than a role player. Ideally he's a 2nd line player, but he could play on my team any day. Another thing is that the kid is a WINNER, something that gets overlooked far too often IMO.

He might be 5'2 & 150 lbs. but he's been the only Devil that has consistantly stood in front of Esche, willing to pay a price to score goals during this series.

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