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08-17-2012, 04:30 AM
Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by PricePkPatch View Post
Let's not be revisionist. We expected a production of 25-25 for Cole, and something around 28-30 for Patch. Nobody expected them having 30+ seasons.
The goal scoring expectations for Cole were built around him getting almost all of his goals on even strength like he has for most of his career. Scoring 11 PP goals threw those expectations out of wack when he's typically getting less than 5 of them on a season.

Cole's even strength scoring last year was essentially the same as it has been in his recent seasons. You expect him to score 20+ goals per 80 games on even strength, he got 24 which is just a little higher than typical for him, he got 22 the year before.

Pacioretty's scoring was a wild card though. He was dominant in 2010-11, in fact his scoring totals from that year hardly did him justice.

Going into 2011-12 Cole and Pacioretty were the best candidates for even strength offense. Cammalleri was a mid-level scorer on evens whose real talent was on the power play. Gionta was a very strong even strength goal scorer and good even strength defensive forward who rarely got assists.

The other expectation was for the team to run balanced lines and play power versus power rather than focusing on getting one line to score.

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