: Andrew Gross:
Chris Drury Out 4 Weeks - Broken Finger
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09-21-2010, 05:48 PM
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Of course. Did anyone really say, "Oh man! What a deal!!??"
Of course I'm "harping" on his PP numbers. I've demonstrated, several times over in fact, that his numbers dipped
of the lack of powerplay time.
Why would I bring up his even strength numbers when they clearly were not the issue
? He produced approximately 60% of what he did in 08-09, and he took a significant hit in PP time. I'm really not sure what's so hard to understand about that.
Giving him power-play time doesn't transform him into a power-play specialist. That makes absolutely no sense.
I'm not at all disappointed with his "dwindling offensive numbers." Why? Because I understand the circumstances behind it. It seems that some people just want the guy to fail if only so they can feel vindicated in some way.
What are the circumstances behind it, other than he wasn't very good last year on offense? You act like it's an anti-Drury commitee headed by HFBoards posters who called Torts before games and say: "hey Torts. We Hate Drury's contract. Don't play him on the power play because we hate him"
Gimme a break. You sound ridiculous. You seem to forget that Drury didn't register a power play point in the 1st 17 games of the season before his injury. Guess what? In those 17 games before Drury's injury in which he did nothing on the power play, the Rangers were clicking at 24.2 percent (17-70).
When Drury was put on the point after Kotalik proved to be a bomb, Drury wasn't a good fit and it lead to some SHG's.
Nobody needs an excuse or an explaination as to why Drury's stats were poor last season. Anybody who watched him on the ice saw that his offensive skills were diminishing -- power play or no power play.
Drury had 2 goals...TWO goals in his first 27 games
You haven't offered any explaination as to why Drury should be on the PP as a forward, except that he should have better stats. He was tried at the point and it backfired.
Prospal, Gaborik and Callahan are all better offensive players than Drury. Dubinsky is much more effective on the PP than Drury. Sean Avery played a full minute less on the PP than Drury and outscored him on the PP. Now they brought in Frolov, MZA and possibly Stepan and Anisimov.
There is no reason for Drury to play on the power play whatsoever. If his stats decline because of it, then he and his fan club have to live with it.
Here's an idea Chris: Be consistent from beginning to end and stop with the double-digit goalless droughts. Maybe , just maybe, you'll give your fan club some real ammunition in their attempt to prove you're still capable of scoring.
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