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11-06-2004, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Balej's Dance
But still, Hugh's teammates mean jack to the Rangers organization. What Hugh does is important, and Hugh is not putting up stats. It is early and this means nothing, but you cant say that people are gonna praise the kid if he puts up 15 points in 30 games. Stats mean everything nowadays to fans, and it does have some relevance to how Hugh develops. Scoring gives Hugh confidence, it speaks about how his shot is developing and by getting assists it shows that he can pass the puck and is not deficient in that area.

The one area that stats dont touch on tho is how talented his teammates are. If they cant get Hugh the puck, not saying that Hugh cant get the puck himself, hes not gonna score as much. If they cant convert on passes that Hugh dishes out, his assists total will be lower.

Bottom line is he has gotta start producing.

Even Crosby doesn't score every game, yes Jessiman has to produce closer to his rookie season, but 2 points in 3 games is not yet a cause for concern. I would rather be more concerned about Korpikoski who only got 2 assists in 14 games and then got injured. Byers, Dubinsky and Roche are also off to a poor start.

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