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12-02-2012, 02:24 PM
Join Date: Jun 2005
It's a fact that Krejci lead the NHL in playoff scoring in 2011.
It's an opinion that such a feat has some sort of future predictive value. Even assuming that it does, the amount of value it has here is being vastly overestimated. This doesn't mean it wasn't great in 2011... it was. But again, Claude Lemieux lead the NHL in playoff scoring one year and Neely never did. Please .raise your hand if you are a Bruins fan, and at any time pre-injury you would have traded Neely for Lemieux.
Exactly. I didn't think so. So let's stop pretending that Krejci's run in '11 is an argument ender. It isn't.
And the idea, because of that run, that Krejci "raises the level of his play when it counts" is being over-estimated as well.
Let's look at last year's playoffs.
First 4 games Krejci goes pointless with a -1.
Game 5 a secondary assist on a Seidenberg goal in a 3-2 loss.
Game 6 a ppg and a secondary assist on the game winner. Good game for him... but he's not even the 3rd star, and Backman is the 2nd star in that game.
Game 7.. pointless, 33% on faceoffs (Backstrom is 52% in the game). Has 1 shot on net, 1 give away and 1 take away.
He was a .45 pt per game player in the playoffs, he was 44% faceoffs in the series and he was 33% on shorthanded faceoffs.
Backstrom outplayed him in that series... not by a ton, but he did outplay him.
Now to be clear, again, none of that takes away what he did in 2011, but it just shows you that such a run has no predictive value for future seasons. Yes he was very good in the 2011 playoffs, but he was almost non-existent last year. A player's post season stats will fluctuate much more than their regular season stats so putting too much emphasis on one small sample is foolish.
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