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11-27-2012, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by ps241 View Post
Truck and Garret these are helpful posts and its always good to work through the numbers. I am still on the Burmi bandwagon as well.
Poor puck luck happens. Hockey is a funny game that way. Maybe some of it is self imposed, but some of it is just bad luck.

We all remember what happened to Wheeler last year and I was preaching patience with him too.

Wheeler had 0 goals and 7 assists through 18 games. His shooting % was zero despite putting 42 shots on net.

The fact that Bryan Little started the season with 15 goaless games (and 2 goals in the first 19 games) didn't help his assist numbers either. Wheeler had .39 A / game through the first 18 games, he had .65 assists per game the rest of the way, .58 A / game over the whole season.

Wheeler finished the year with 17 goals, 47 assists for 64 points.
His shooting % flipped to 10.2% the rest of the year and finished the season at 8.2% (a career low).

It also happened to Eric Staal. Staal had 5 goals, 9 assists, 14 points and was -17 through 28 games last year, this was despite putting 95 shots on net (5% shooting).

He still managed to finish with 24G, 46A for 70P in 82 games. Staal scored 19 goals on his next 167 shots (shooting % of 11.3%). His season end shooting % was 9.2% which was still a career low, but it rebounded.

The bad luck will come to an end. Well, unless your name is Eric Fehr or Scott Gomez.

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