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12-21-2012, 12:14 PM
Boom Boom Geoffrion*
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Originally Posted by Sore Loser View Post
So, what you're saying is ... you don't like him?

Is it any surprise that a guy produces less when he isn't playing with Joe Thornton? It's no secret that players like Thornton make everyone around them better - that's why they are superstar players. Pavelski is a well above average two-way forward in the NHL, and is at least equal to a guy like Brandon Dubinsky. Don't be surprised when Dubinsky produces less with the Jackets since, you know, he won't be on a team with Brad Richards or Marian Gaborik.
Dubinsky didn't play with Gaborik and Richards much. He was primarily used on the second line with Anisimov in the middle and Callahan on the right, and then got bumped down to the third line which was a black hole since Brian Boyle was his center. Boyle didn't compliment Dubinsky at all.

And Dubinsky was probably the unluckiest Ranger last season. Snake-bitten. He didn't have a problem generating scoring chances, or being an effective forechecker.

The year before, when Gaborik went down with an injury our first line was Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan. 1st line minutes, against opposing teams best defensive pairs, and the trio shined.

Kid has such fire and passion I wouldn't be surprised if he breaks out and clips 60p this year with more ice-time, and something to prove. But keep your expectations to a minimum if it makes you sleep better at night.

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