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08-06-2010, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by jlsg View Post
JP's production was down this year. To compare him to the rest of the team isn't realistic to be honest. He was lacking on other aspects of the game besides scoring. He had been ave 60-70, last year he was at 45. You can argue it was because his minutes were cut, 3rd and 4th line etc etc. Fine, make that argument but the bottom line is he wasn't playing the same game last year as the year before.
Then again ... nobody on the team was performing at the same rate as the year before except Hornqvist.

In his first 53 games JP averaged 15:43 TOI and had 37 points ... leading the team at the time and enough to finish tied for 8th. At that point he was on pace for about 52 points for the season.

After then he scored just 8 points with an average TOI of 12:23 in 21 games.

How much of that reduced offense was a result of his less talented linemates is a point of debate (it's commonly used when discussing Legwand). The fact JP was in the top two in points through mid-Feb tends to counter the claim that the demotion was a result of only reduced offensive performance.

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