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10-01-2003, 03:29 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
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"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."
Now you're coming out like a fool comparing Zubrus to Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi scored 18 goals in his rookie season and Zubie's career high is 17. Bertuzzi cracked 50 points in his 5th season not 8th. But hey, maybe the Caps can trade Zubrus for Bertuzzi since Zubie is 3 years younger!
Just take a look at Zubie's linemates: Lindros, LeClair, Jagr...and he still can't produce. There is absolutely nothing indicating that Zubrus will ever be more than a 50 point scorer.
I see the indications and you don't. That's what makes life fun. Only time will tell if he is more than a 50pt player. The bottom line is that at
$1.6m a season Zubrus is a good value just as he is.
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