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08-17-2011, 12:54 PM
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40 even-strength points is close to his career average. If Pacioretty can bail him out this year he has a chance of achieving that number... and that just might happen.
Achieving that total might be the result of riding on some else's coat tails rather than any improvement in his level of play. What was just as worrisome as the points total with Gomez was the lack of defensive responsibility. We need the 40 even strength point and we need a big turnaround in the plus/minus when he is on the ice.
I disagree with the lack of defensive responsibility thing, though I view defense differently (puck possession + positioning being the most important things) than most do. If you look at the piece I linked, in terms of possession Gomez was bad in 2010 but bounced back in 2011 (Adj. Fenwick/G which is a shot metric adjusted based on zone-starts).
Positioning-wise he was a weak from my memory and of the high-level screwups I remember it was Gomez and Wisniewski both blowing coverage on a guy who should have been marked by one of them. The problem with memory is we focus too much on plays that resulted in goals rather than other plays though.
If whoever on Gomez wing can convert shots to goals at a rate an average NHLer does 35 even-strength points should be attainable. If they generate shots like The Pacioretty-Gomez-Gionta line did in their short time together last season, more is in the cards.
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