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12-21-2012, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Zip15 View Post
I don't agree with that worry. He'll be in Buffalo to score goals, and I think you'll see several seasons where his goals exceed his assists, a la Vanek. Right now, the reasons his pts/game is down is because his assists are way down (four in 25 games). But his goals/game is the best it's been since he was drafted. And if anyone was really concerned about his ability to create for other players, yesterday hopefully put those fears to bed--he made a very good Canadian team look silly on several occasions.
I agree in regards to the primary focus is on goals. However, his current goals/game pace would've netted him one more goal than the 18 he scored in 48 games in his draft season. That's not the kind of progression you regularly would like to see in the two years following a players draft year. That is still worrisome.

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