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10-09-2010, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris Shafer View Post
Bobby Ryan PPG at the age of 20, first 23 games (his entire 2007-08 NHL season):

0.435 PPG
0.217 GPG

James vanRiemsdyk PPG at the age of 20, first 23 games (about 1/4 of his 1st season):

0.826 PPG
0.261 GPG

Another little hint, and even though it may not necessarily apply completely to JVR, productivity at the NHL level level is a LOT more than statistical production.
While I am a big believer in JVR's potential, and been quite vocal about it.

20 games is useless for predicting much of anything... particularly the first 20 games of the year when the NHL as a whole is quite sloppy as far as the quality of play.

Even then, if you take out JVRs stats over the course of the whole season and compare him to the other rookies in the league, he did extremely well given his lack of ice time compared to others (especially on the PP).

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