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06-28-2012, 10:42 AM
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From Bill Hoppe's analysis of Sabre wingers:

Nathan Gerbe

Age: 25

Contract: $1.45 million cap hit, two years remaining

2011-12 statistics: 62 games, six goals, 25 points, plus-2, 14:12 average ice time

Gerbe, an elite scorer in the NCAA and AHL, appeared to be developing into a strong NHL threat late in 2010-11, tallying nine times in the final 20 games and seven times in March.

But the diminutive American, despite some great work as a checker, regressed offensively last season, showcasing an alarming lack of finish. He probably topped the Sabres in botched chances.

For some perspective on his 4.4 shooting percentage (137 shots), defenseman Jordan Leopold scored 10 goals on 110 shots (9.1).

Gerbe’s talented enough to score 20 or more goals annually. But if he doesn’t next season, you wonder if he ever will.

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