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06-09-2011, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by NYRangers16 View Post
Exactly, his first 2 years were normal Drury years, then come injuries, lack of ice time, and unskilled linemates.

The expectations were just unfair. In Col and Buf he was playing on the top line...with guys like Hedjuk, Briere, Vanek, etc Hell wasn't he on the LW with Sakic for a few years? In those circumstances, playing top line minutes, and on the powerplay, his career stats averaged about 25+ goals and 30 assists with obviously a few years that were above that.

Ok, now compare to NY first 2 years...playing 1st line minutes, playing with Jagr, playing on the powerplay...same numbers as before. Was the same player, doing the same thing.

Now take the last few years...playing with checking line guys, playing 3rd line ice time, no powerplay time, and now his production drops. Go figure.

So what changed between this point and the whole rest of his career? Ice tine, linemates, and powerplay time(and unfortunate injuries)

Seriously folks, you blame him? What you want him to jump on the ice with the first line on his own? Maybe we should be blaming the coach the last few years who wasnt here when he signed, and never gave him a chance?

In buffalo he was actually playing 2nd-3rd line at even strength while playing on the 1st PP unit. That team was so good offensively and he could put up 30+ goals while playing against less than 1st line competition.

You'll actually notice if you look his ice time going up from 17-18 minutes most of his career to around 20 minutes his first couple of years in NY

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