Gomez and Gionta can be our Lecavalier and St. Louis
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06-03-2011, 02:03 PM
Talks to Goalposts
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I'm finding the anti-Gomez bias around here to be pretty immature and pathetic. He had one off-year and everyone jumps all over him.
Before this season he never had a season under 55 points, and had four 70+ point seasons. Gomez is an outstanding player and truly amazing playoff performer.
He played very well with Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta last season, and if that line gets back together this coming season and performs well, I see a potential 60-70 point season for Gomez. Maybe not Lecavalier caliber, but very good season nonetheless. People forget how skilled Gomez is at passing: I think this season will tell us if he has really deteriorated or simply had an off-season. He's a great player either way and I for one am happy we have a great mentor such as him on the team.
Even if he isn't all the way back, being the third wheel to a pair of great wingers in Pacioretty and Gionta should give him a great opportunity to rebound. One of the problems with the second line was too often a guy like Moen was or Darche was on the line so Gionta was the only scoring threat from a distance. Pacioretty has the speed, strength and shot to be a threat if you give him the puck from the perimeter of the offensive zone because he can either drive to the net or make his own shot. Diversifying the threat will give both Gionta and Gomez much better opportunities to set up goals.
The other advantage of a healthy lineup is line matching. Cammaleri-Plekanec-Kostitsyn is a terrific power-versus-power line which means the Gomez line is going to get a lot of ice time against lesser opponents.
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