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02-25-2012, 12:05 AM
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Originally Posted by johnjm22 View Post
Scorer? As in point producer? I think Simmonds is equal to Richards as a point producer.

People will look at the career point totals of Richards and Simmonds and think I'm crazy, but you have to remember that Simmonds didn't get regular PP time when he was here. If you look specifically at even strength points, Simmonds has been more productive than Richards over the past two seasons (09-10 & 10-11), while getting less ice time, and playing in a more defensive oriented system.

Terry Murray FAILED miserably at recognizing and developing Wayne's offensive upside. Had he got regular PP time when he was here (which he CLEARLY should have gotten), he probably would have been a 20 goal, 50 point player, which isn't easy to do playing in such an anemic offense.
Didn't you expect Simmonds to develop further as a scorer once he left our rigid D first and foremost system? I did. Everyone knew he had the skills. His being dealt was also a wake up call for WS or maybe better said a strong maturing process step forward.

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