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03-07-2011, 04:56 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New York City
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Point Totals First Five Years in the League
A.) 25, 9, 18, 24, 27
B.) 1, 8, 11, 9, 23
C.) 5, 26, 17, 16, 10
Players corresponding to the above #'s:
A.) Chris Pronger
B.) Zdeno Chara
C.) Sergei Gonchar
Not comparing Gilroy to any of the above. But, if you think you've seen everything Matt Gilroy has to offer offensively after 1.75 seasons, then you really need to re-think your position. Clearly, defensemen come into their prime(s) much later (unless you're a Leetch, Orr, Lidstrom) in their careers. Despite him being 25, he's a 2nd year pro and still has a lot of upside. I think you can certainly focus on much more serious NYR issues than Matt Gilroy.
First of all, check your numbers.
Chris Pronger point totals his first 5 seasons:
30, 14 (in 43 GP), 25, 35, 36
Gonchar point totals his first 5 seasons:
7 (in 31 GP), 41, 30 (in 57 GP), 21, and 31 (in 53 GP)
Gonchar's offensive production was far better than Gilroy's.
If Chara and Pronger had scored 0 points their first 5 seasons in the league they still would have been far, far more valuable defensemen than Matt Gilroy.
What part of Gilroy's offensive game is better than anyone else's? He's a good skater, that's it. He brings no offense to this team. Just because he made a good pass yesterday against a Flyers team that looked like they had partied too long in NYC the night before, doesn't alter the fact that he has 11 points right now and has gotten manhandled in front of the night on a regular basis.
Or the fact that this coaching staff doesn't have the faith in him to put him on the penalty kill or the power play. Gilroy survives on this team because other D men are shouldering the workload. He has the easiest assignment and still has done little with it.
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