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02-27-2014, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by ScrillaVilla View Post
Sure, but he also added 335 assists to that total. 475 points in 649 games. Not to shabby. I'll take a player that contributes tangible results that are generally well establish as contributing to winning games any day over the mysticism of "intangibles".
Yes, but the pts/ game total above is somewhat misleading. Hemsky has played 11 seasons. In that time he's averaged 43pts/year. The kind of numbers people complain about with Gagner for instance and with Sam being 6yrs younger and just hitting prime.
If one isolates Hemskys earlier years where he was for some reason a significantly better player Hemsky is looking more like a 31 pt year producer in last 5 seasons. Albeit much of the low numbers through injury but with that prognosis likely to continue.

It could be argued that Hemsky and winning arent exactly associated with each other more due to the mess of a franchise he plays for rather than a flaw in the player.
The thing is I think we realize that lackluster performances from veterans in past years whether it be Horcoff, Hemsky, Belanger, even Smyth contribute to the team losing.
Some of those past years if everybody was rowing one would think the team could do better.
Teams and players overperform in the NHL every season. But rarely here. This has become a place where players get overpaid and do the bare minimum for it. Hemsky has fit that script during his last contract.

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