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07-29-2013, 09:25 PM
Joe McGrath
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Originally Posted by Kwayry View Post
You can't call it a breakout season until you know the production was after it. I can call it a flash in the pants until he can confirm. And you can't reasonably argue against that.
Canes fans want to focus on the 31 goals he scored in the last 82 games, but not the 26 he scored in the previous 195 games.

Goal production per year.
07-08: 10 goals in 58 games.
08-09: 4 goals in 14 games
09-10: 1 goal in 20 games
10-11: 6 goals in 56 games
11-12: 17 goals in 79 games
12-13: 23 goals in 48 games.

Let's assume for a minute that he was a 19 year old rookie in his first year and dismiss that.
How do you explain his 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year?
Is he a late bloomer? Possibly. Did you catch lightening in a bottle? Great, but let's wait to get a confirmation with another strong season. I am surprised that Canes fans can't accept that.
First of all, you can't call it a flash in the pants because that's not an actual phrase. Secondly, those earlier stats you're referencing are him playing a bottom 6 role as an undeveloped player. Third, Canes fans can't call it a breakout until you confirm that he follows it up, but you can call it a "flash in the pants" without confirming that he falls on his face? Sounds fair.

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