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09-30-2003, 03:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Jani8
"If Zubrus were to finally maximize his potential as an 80pt NHL player"

Are you serious? He's entering his 8th season and you still think that he's something more than a 50 point scorer?
Power forwards are notoriously slow to develope. Todd Bertuzzi's first season above 50 pts was his 8th season. Bertuzzi's last two seasons have been 80pts plus. Zubrus is 3 years younger than Bertuzzi, has chanced teams twice to Bertuzzi's once and has had 7 coaches in 7 years. Zubrus has played the last 20 games of the past two season at a point per game pace and he was a force in the playoffs last year. I think you can make a case that while he has started slow for a variety of reasons the last two season, when it got to crunch time Zubrus was easily one of the Caps best and most consistantly productive players.
Cassidy has already indicated that he intends to use Zubrus in a primary role on the power play when last year he rarely got first unit power play time. So, in short...Am I serious? Yes, very serious.

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