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08-02-2011, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by neofury View Post
Well he's the most consistent high end player and doesn't get injured often. 80+ games a season dating back to two years before the lockout. Only one of them being sub 82. Even the year he only netted 60pts which was actually 5+ years ago (crazy huh, his worst season 5+ years ago was 60+) he netted 30+ goals which would put him at the top of the league for goal scorers as well.

He's always a top point getter but even when he had one mediocre season (by his standard) he still put up 31 goals. In his defense it was the season right after the lockout too. Some players played great while others regressed that year. Weird year in general.

Basically for the past 5 years though he's been a top 5 NHL guy (or close to, would need to double check) every year.

You can't say that about anyone else really. Even Ovy, Kovalchuk have faltered. Crosby has been injured as has Malkin.

For a guy whose 5'7" it's pretty crazy that he stays healthy.

At the end of the day he's the kind of person you want on your team in a big way regardless.
I remember he once said in an interview that, prior to his "poor" season, he had bulked up too much and had lost speed and agility. I thought that was interesting

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