Ryan Smyth: The most useless player on the team
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05-10-2013, 08:17 PM
Join Date: Feb 2009
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I'm not an advanced stats guy, just a basic stats guy (or boxcars as LT would say).
I'll just repeat what I stated earlier in this thread.
This season, Smyth scored 13 pts in 47 games, with a -5. He played on the PK and also had to play out of position at centre for a stretch of games. Is that his fault? No, he's not a centre but he played it anyways because the Oiler management was too idiotic to find a replacement.
By Comparison, Teemu Hartikainen played in 23 games, scored 3 pts and was a -8. Who's the more useless player?
Ben Eager scored 2 pts in 14 games and was a -14.
Young centre Anton Lander scored 1 pt in 11 games and was -4.
I'm not saying that Smyth was all that good, but he was clearly better than any of these other options.
If you think that Smyth should retire, then what excuse is there for Lander, Hartikainen, and Eager?
Well, Smyth averaged a lot more ice time than Lander and Hartikainen first off.
Secondly, doesn't it say something when you're comparing him to guys who haven't shown enough to earn a full time roster spot?
Maybe he was our best option this past season, but he can't be next if we expect to start winning.
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