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12-25-2012, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Meteor View Post
I don't think a 9 or 12 game period is enough to conclusively say Kane or Lupul can't cut it in the KHL. Look at Pavelski:
first 8 games: 0 G, 1 A, 1 P (0.13 P/G)
last 9 games: 7 G, 6 A, 13 P (1.44 P/G)

In the past, some great Europeans have also taken time to get going when moving to the NHL:

Pavel Bure
first 13 games: 4 G, 1 A, 5 P (0.38 P/G)
last 52 games: 30 G, 25 A, 55 P (1.06 P/G)

Jaromir Jagr
first 34 games: 7 G, 5 A, 12 P (0.35 P/G)
last 46 games: 20 G, 25 A, 45 P (0.98 P/G)
Actually very good observations and could be valid. However, Pavelski was playing very solid hockey right from the game 1. It's not just about the stats, it is what you show on the ice. He impressed a lot of people in Minsk and in Russia by his skills and work output. The guy is the big time player. When he leaves KHL there are going to be a lot of disappointed fans. I haven't seen a lot of him in the NHL but I will surely want to follow him much more now when the NHL returns.

As far as Jagr and Bure it is hard to say if they were just as mediocre in their first NHL games as Kane and Lupul were in the first KHL games. I seriously doubt that since they are some of the most electrifying players in the history of the sport.

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