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03-07-2013, 11:52 AM
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We've only seen Nash play a full season with one of the worst franchises in the league....
Let's see what he does over the course of a full season with the Rangers.... Gabby's a good finisher but he can't create his own offense the way Nash does.... Nash creates space on the ice because his stick-handling is so dangerous.....
But even with that, he doesn't produce like Gaborik. If you cannot convert on the chances you and your line mates create, than it doesn't matter how many chances you create. The end goal of a shift is to put the puck in the net.
Throughout Gaborik's career he has played with mediocre talent, similar to Nash (he didn't have much help with the Wild and do we forget Christiansen centering for him here in NY?). And despite that, throughout his career, he has produced vastly more than Nash.
It's going to take a lot more than 20 games for me to say it's time to pack up Gaborik.
First season with the Rangers; 5th in goals / 10th in points. Third season with the Rangers; 3rd in goals / 15th in points. At the end of the day, whether he is a "ghost" or not, 40+ goals is too much production to ignore, and he's been too important to our offense for him to get that kind of criticism because of a small sample.
And whose to say he can't be a big playoff performer? He had a great season with the Wild one year. Last year, he wasn't as bad as everyone made him out to be, especially given a labral tear in his shoulder. And what did Nash do in his only playoff experience? Zilch.
Nash is top-10 in the NHL in terms of flash. But to ever be considered a top forward, he's got to do more than get 30 goals / 55-60 points. And like I said, poor line mates isn't an excuse, Gaborik has had that experience on offensively depleted teams too. And it hasn't hurt other top super stars like Crosby, Tavares, Iginla, Ovechkin, Spezza (in recent years he has played with border line NHL talent) etc, from putting up big numbers with mediocre line mates. So, there is only so far that argument can go for Nash when other players have the same situation, and as the "guy" of their team they excel.
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