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03-28-2010, 11:06 PM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Fenton, MO
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He has moments every now and then, but he's clearly
not the player he used to be.
Less speed than before, more of a perimeter player, much less effective on the PP, worse shot (hardness and accuracy). He's not necessarily below average in any of those skills yet, but he's obviously declining. His passing is the part of his offensive game that has had the least dropoff, so his new linemates would ideally be able to capitalize on that.
He could be a nice second line winger worth 3 to 4 million in the right situation, but nobody should be counting on him to be a top line talent for their team anymore.
Yeah I'd add that he's still a smart enough player to recognize this and has squeezed out near PPG numbers just by being so opportunistic with his acceleration and vision. No where near a consistent game changer anymore, but dependable to make good decisions with what he still has going for him.
His hip surgery seemed to have revitalized his confidence because he has said that he feels much more comfortable skating again as well. (something along the lines of how he felt back when he was playing in his prime to explain how bad his hips had gotten on him) So it's not over for him but he's no longer a $6MM player by any means.
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