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07-02-2012, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by BrooklynCapsFan View Post
Yeah, he's paid to score goals which he doesn't do.
It would help if he weren't tasked with carrying his line. Just for fun, lets go through the 30+ goal wingers and see what sort of help they had compared to Semin, and his playing with guys like Johansson, Eakin, and Laich for large parts of the season. And before someone brings up that Semin didn't produce with Backstrom during the playoffs, Backstrom was nowhere near 100%.

Gaborik had Richards
Neal had Malkin/Crosby
Ovechkin had Backstrom
Kovalchuk had Parise, and a combo of Henrique and Zajac at center, both better than Johansson
Kessel had Lupul
Hartnell had Giroux and Jagr
Perry had Getzlaf and Ryan
Moulson had Tavares and Parenteau
Vrbata... not sure who he played with exactly, but his production was a fluke and if he had time with Doan or Whitney, those are both better than what Semin had
Ryder had Ribeiro, Benn, and Eriksson depending on the lines
Cole had Pacioretty
Michalek had Spezza and Alfredsson
Eberle had RNH and Hall
Sharp had Kane, Toews, and Hossa depending on the lines
Pacioretty had Cole
Iginla had Jokinen and Tanguay (and maybe Cammalleri after the trade, he was on a 32-23-55 pace with Calgary)
Parise had Kovalchuk and Henrique/Zajac
Pavelski had Thornton and Marleau
Ryan had Getzlaf and Perry
Pominville had Vanek
Sedin had Sedin
Marleau had Thornton and Pavelski
Nash had Prospal and Brassard (not saying much, but better than what Semin had)
Kane had Wheeler (quietest 47 assist season ever)
Clarkson... possibly Elias? I don't remember how they configured their lines

The point is that virtually no one in this league scores without help. Blaming Semin for not scoring without taking into consideration the extent to which he had to carry his line is entirely missing the point.

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