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11-05-2012, 11:04 AM
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That's actually not accurate--he's scoring at a slightly higher rate per game this year than two years ago--but that's not important. I'm not concerned about assist numbers. In fact, even though they both count as one point, most in the statistical community don't ascribe the same weight to assists as goals because goals are much more difficult to achieve than assists. Notably, his goals/game is the best it's been in his professional career. And if you want to go further inside the numbers, he's in the top-12 of his league in goals/game (min. 15 games), and every player ahead of him except one (Barkov, who's a stud) is, at minimum, three years older than him--and the majority are between 25-30.

The guy is coming here to score goals. We have more than enough table-setters both on the Sabres roster and in the pipe, but we have a dearth of natural goal-scorers. He likely needs to show more consistency on a shift-to-shift or game-to-game basis, but that can be said about many players who are 20 and play professionally. That said, his assist numbers, of all things, shouldn't be cause for concern.
This. Armia isn't the kind of player who's going to carry an offense in the NHL, and that's fine, because we don't need him to. We have playmaking centers in Hodgson, Grigs, and Ennis. A goal-scorer like Armia on any of their wings should be able to produce just fine.

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