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Scott Gomez, C

- 5'11", 198 lbs
- Stanley Cup (2000, 2003)
- Stanley Cup Finalist (2001)
- NHL Assist Leader (2004)
- Six 10+ point playoffs, placing 11th, 14th, 17th, 17th 18th in the best 5
- Has placed 20th, 23rd, 26th in points
- Best percentage scores: 80, 74, 68, 66, 66, 54
- 2-time NHL ASG Participant (2000, 2008)
- 9 points in 11 games in two best-on-best international tournaments (2004, 2006)
- ECHL leading scorer and MVP (2005)

Reading all these varying scouting reports, you can really follow the progression of Gomez' career... a young sensation, then expectations had to be adjusted, then epic fails as his career nears the end. One publication says he's not a good skater, most say he is. He has intensity, but doesn't always bring it. He can play defensively and was a key player for New Jersey, but he is inconsistent in that regard too.

Originally Posted by
Since making his NHL debut in 1999-00 centre Scott Gomez has added a creative element to the New Jersey Devils' offense. His quick hands and combative will made him one of the toughest Devils with which opposing defences had to battle.

...A two-time member of the U.S. World Junior team in 1998 and 1999, the shifty forward scored 70 points for the Devils in 1999-00, played in the NHL All-Star game and was a key contributor when the team defeated the Dallas Stars to win the Stanley Cup. Following the season he was presented the Calder Trophy and voted to the NHL All-Rookie Team and has been one of the team's best two-way players ever since.

...With two Stanley Cups already to his credit, Gomez entered the 2003-04 season looking to take his game yet to another level. With the departure of Joe Nieuwendyk to free agency and the absence of team captain Scott Stevens, Gomez took on a leadership role and cemented himself as one of the go-to-players on the Devils and one of the premier playmakers in the NHL, finishing tied with Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis with a league leading 56 assists.
Originally Posted by The Hockey News
Possesses terrific vision and passing skills. Also features outstanding speed, puck-handling ability and agitating qualities.
Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated, March 6, 2000
Gomez does more than put a smile button on the New Jersey logo. He adds numbers, enough of them to be the leading scorer on the most prolific team in the East and the odds-on favorite for the rookie of the year award. "I wouldn't say he's made us better single-handedly, because we also picked up Claude Lemieux [in November], but Scott's given us a third offensive line," says right wing Randy McKay. "He gives us that, though you wouldn't think so by looking at him skate or shoot."

Indeed, Gomez is a knock-kneed and pigeon-toed skater who scuttles around the ice hunched like a question mark. His shot is so unprepossessing that teammates predicted he would score a hat trick against Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek last week because Hasek would get bored waiting for the puck to reach the net. Gomez settled for one goal. His hands, however, are lullaby soft, and his passing is as accurate as it is sometimes needlessly bold. Ftorek, who has played Gomez on the wing instead of his natural center position for most of the season, says Gomez invariably picks the correct option in choosing where to pass but sometimes executes the wrong pass, trying to feather the puck through a crowd instead of caroming it off the boards to the same player. "No doubt Scott's a great passer and has great vision," Ftorek says. "That's not something you're born with. That came from good coaching or good advice from a coach or a father or a linemate, someone who could show him the fine points of the game."
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2001
Gomez’ ability to use the space behind the net to shield himself from defenders and set up plays is almost Wayne Gretzky-like. He has terrific vision and patience with the puck, and can thread a pass through what seems like the eye of a needle to find a teammate. Anyone playing with Gomez HAS to be alert, because he is adept at finding seams that others don’t even know exist.

He has a very good wrist shot, not a heavy one, but accurate. You might think with his G:A ratio he doesn’t shoot enough, but he isn’t shy about letting it go. He’s just not as gifted a goal scorer as he is a passer. However, he makes excellent use of the extra room on a power play, and served on the Devils’ second unit last season. The Devils often used him as a winger, but he isn’t as good along the boards as he is in the middle of the ice.

Gomez is not a gifted skater; he needs to be constantly reminded to keep his feet moving and not to glide. He is strong on his skates, though, tough to knock off his feet and willing to do the work in the dirty areas for pucks. He lacks outside speed but can put on a short burst to get a jump ion the defense. He needs to work on his defense and his faceoffs.

As easygoing as Gomez is off-ice, he is just as competitive on it. It’s no surprise that one of the players he used as a mentor on the Devils was Claude Lemieux. Like Lemieux, Gomez can be chippy and chirpy. He is irritating to play against. He won’t back down from a scuffle and he isn’t shy about starting one. He’s solid and durable. More than a charming Cinderella story, Gomez is a player… he still has some rough edges, but his raw talent and desire to succeed are evident.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2000-01
Didn’t make waves in his first NHL season – he made tsunamis. Electrified Devils fans and gave them another playmaker, which allowed Lou Lamoreillo to unload Brendan Morrison. The challenge now is to overcome the defensive schemes opposing coaches will be throwing at him. With his speed and vision, it will take a brick wall to stop Gomez.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2001-02
His +/- was awful for a good defensive team, and he needs to work more diligently in his own zone. Faceoffs are also an area of concern… still a work in progress. He advanced much more quickly than planned, and his game is lacking in certain areas.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2001-02
Gomez didn’t receive a lot of attention last season, which could have been perceived as a sign he was suffering from the sophomore jinx. In fact, nothing could have been further from the truth. Paired with Alexander Mogilny, Gomez finished 2nd on the team in assists and was only slightly off his rookie pace.

A dynamic skater with great on-ice vision, Gomez relishes his role as primary setup man. He won’t have Mogilny by his side this season but Gomez is the type of playmaker who can boost any sniper’s point totals.
Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated, October 14, 2002
Over the last three seasons Scott Gomez of the Devils scored 38.2% more points on the road than he did in home games, the largest such differential in the NHL.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2002-03
The Devils frequently used him as a winger instead of a centre last season because of his defensive shortcomings. This is a mistake. Gomez needs to be in the middle of the ice… has not brought his intensity to the ice on a nightly basis. At his best, Gomez is like a young Claude Lemieux, chippy, chirpy, tough arounf the net and picking up clutch points. When he is in that zone, he is irritating to play against… with Lemieux and Mogilny gone, Gomez never found chemistry with any linemates last season. He needs to take a big step in maturity this season and take his place among team leaders.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s Hockey Pool Yearbook 2002-03
Floudered in the wake of Alex Mogilny’s departure, but picked it up in the second quarter and really prospered after moving to Bobby Holik’s RW in February before suffering a broken hand in April and leaving a gaping hole in the Devils’ attack.

A highly inventive playmaker and deceptive skater, Gomez sees the ice better than many and consistently creates scoring chances when he’s playing a gritty, ferocious game, although his focus tends to wanter at times. Big rebound potential alongside an elite finisher.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2002-03
Long before breaking his hand late last season, Gomez went through the trials and tribulations he had yet to experience in his first two campaigns. He started slowly and didn’t find any consistency on offense until the 2nd half. In fairness, some problems weren’t his fault. After losing regular linemate Alexander Mogilny, he tried to change his game to compensate for the lack of a sniper on his line.

Gomez is a top-notch playmaker, but the Devils must line him up next to a goal scorer in order to maximize his strengths.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2003-04
More than 50 shots over the previous season, indicating that he has been intensifying that part of his game… makes excellent use of the extra room on the PP… Pat Burns was exceptionally hard on him, and there could be some friction there that could lead to a personnel decision this season if things come to a head.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s Hockey Pool Yearbook 2003-04
stayed near the precipice of Pat Burns’ doghouse for much of the year, twice a healthy scratch, and saw his icetime and production slip through the first three rounds of the playoffs before rebounding with a timely uprising in the finals (7-2-3-5)… The nimble, deceptively quick Gomez is a sneaky puckcarrier who commands respect due to his exceptional vision and knack for finding open linemates with picture-perfect passes; however, he still struggles in the faceoff circle and tends to lose defensive focus at times.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2003-04
Often the subject of trade rumours, Alaska native bounced back with a productive 2002-03 season. Burns’ no-nonsense style seemed to jump-start Gomez last year, as he finished third on the team in scoring while playing a solid two-way game. Has a good set of hands and has improved his skating. He’s also not afraid to do the dirty work.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s Hockey Pool Yearbook 2005-06
Impressed at the World Cup before signing with his hometown pro team with whom he won league scoring title as well as ECHL MVP honours… season ended on a sour note after suffering a broken pelvis in the playoffs thanks to a cheap blindsider… steadily gained prominence throughout 03-04 and finished as the NHL’s hottest player post-all-star break to share the league assist crown with Martin St. Louis… continues to mature.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2006-07
Surpassed all expectations with an 84-point campaign, driven largely by a 2nd half flurry that coincided with the resignation of Larry Robinson and the return of Patrik Elias… Gomez has always been an elite playmaker. He added a selfish dimension to his game last season en route to a final tally of 33. A seasoned veteran at 26, Gomez is poised for another point per game campaign.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s Hockey Pool Yearbook 2007-08
Failed to score on a consistent basis last season. Injuries were a factor but his intensity level waned at times as he grew frustrated with the Devils’ tight defensive system and constant line matching. He stepped it up in the playoffs, however, and posted 14 points in 11 games. With impeccable vision and speed, Gomez should be a PPG player every year.
Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated, October 8, 2007
The 27-year-old Gomez is a superb playmaker who adapts expertly to the finishers around him
Originally Posted by McKeen’s Hockey Pool Yearbook 2008-09
First season on Broadway garnered mixed reviews. Early on, the speedy center failed to click with Jaromir Jagr and managed just 3 points in his first 11 games. Eventually he was paired with Brendan Shanahan and Nigel Dawes and became a PPG player again. Gomez is capable of producing at that pace all season. Talented and hard-working, the popular veteran will once again anchor the PP and should replace Jagr as the Rangers’ top offensive weapon.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s Hockey Pool Yearbook 2009-10
The much-malighed pivot slumped to 58 points, 12 fewer than last season. Gomez battled an early-season leg injury and Tom Renney’s ultra-conservative system. A sniper to convert his feeds was also lacking. The Canadiens should exploit his speed, passing ability and creativity, but Gomez needs more help up front.
Originally Posted by Hockey Prospectus 2010-11
Gomez’ 2006 season sticks out like a sore thumb on his record. He scored 33 goals that year; why can’t he produce like that every year? The answer is because it was a fluke. Although he took a fairly good number of shots, his shooting percentage was 13.5%, nearly twice his career mark of 7.6%. Heck, even when he played in the ECHL during the lockout, he managed only 13 goals. The man is just not a goal scorer, no matter how that one season’s stats may have been perceived.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2010-11
never really blew over the top in his Montreal debut and also endured some inconsistent stretches… most alarming has been the steady decay in goal scoring from a career high of 33 to just 12 last season, and just one more in the playoffs, where he whiffed on a few… swift and nimble… tends to take the scenic route after making plays, and misses opportunities to drive bravely to the net… lacks power in his shot and is often reluctant to fire when in scoring areas…provided good leadership on the ice… does have intangibles that don’t appear in the stats
Originally Posted by McKeen’s Hockey Pool Yearbook 2010-11
Gomez tied for 20th in the NHL with 47 assists, but more was expected of the 30-year old… an important element in the Canadiens’ attack moving forward. They need more production from him.
Originally Posted by Hockey Prospectus 2011-12
Scott Gomez had a terrible season in 2010-11, just ask Scott Gomez. After recording career-low totals in goals, assists, points, and +/-, he apologized for his performance, saying he was “embarrassed:. They don’t need him to be their best player, but too often it seemed he was their worst. With three years and $17M left on his contract, he’d better back up his words with his play.
Originally Posted by McKeen’s Hockey Pool Yearbook 2011-12
Matters went from bad to worse for the former Calder winner whose play continued to deteriorate at an alarming rate… posted the worst +/- of his career, as well as the lowest on the team in both the regular season and the playoffs… labored miserably to produce at ES, ending the campaign on a 36-game goalless skid including the playoffs… attack-oriented playmaker. Swift and nimble. Accelerates rapidly and generates good top speed… able to stickhandle through the neutral zone and hold up until linemates get open… overextends himself, however, holding onto the puck too long or turning it over in risky areas… a reluctant shooter, who lost confidence last season in a shot that lacks power and accuracy… defense and checking ability have never been a strong point… too easy to play against… stops driving his feet and loses focus on backchecking assignments… can’t possibly sink any lower.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 2011-12
Most felt the Canadiens were taking a gamble on Gomez – it’s a gamble that’s not paying off… the playmaking center has some explaining to do. He’s expensive and signed long-term, so Montreal needs him to step up.

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