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02-18-2013, 04:54 AM
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Originally Posted by First Man In View Post
The guy has 2 91 point seasons. He was Over a PPG with Dallas as little as only 2 years ago. With the way the Rangers play, I have no idea how Gaborik got 86 points in 2009 with us. We play a grind it out style and try to bang in shots from the point that get deflected. If Tortorella opens up the offense a bit more ( Like tonight's PP) Richards will be back annually scoring 75+ points a year. As the PP goes, so does Richards. He's good for 20 goals and 40-50 assists per season.
Injuries has unfortunately hampered Gaborik and messed up his shot, but he has been able to revamp his game and gone from sniper to garbage goaler.

Look at the goals he scored in 09-10 and all the goals since, it looks like two different players. In 09-10 he often carried the puck, created space with his speed and sniped it with deadly wristers. His one-timers were from further out and had a lot more velocity.

Ever since his goals have been more about his quick release, i.e. being able to get shots off in crowded areas, and being able to hide from coverage. His wrister is still accurate, but it has lost a lot of power.

While the production was similar, the 09-10 Gaborik was a far more valuable player than 11-12 Gaborik. The old one put opposing defences on their heels since he could score from anywhere, the current Gaborik is forgotten by the opposition and is barely noticable on a shift-to-shift basis.

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