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02-28-2014, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by MrWoof View Post
Hemsky was anything but a passenger, as is being implied by one or two in this thread, and most certainly a catalyst in the 2006 playoff run. The poster who is trying to downplay and minimalize his contributions should try and make his ongoing agenda against this player less obvious; trivializing second assists and ignoring the fact that Hemsky's importance to the team during that run went far beyond putting up points (Watch the games and you'll see he bought in defensively and played just as good of a 200' game as anybody else on the roster) is revisionist history that is biased and slanted to fit into this warped reality Trafalgar Law seems to want to create every single time anybody so much as mentions Ales Hemsky.

Another point in this thread that was made by Replacement about Ryan Smyth not being a beneficiary of Ales Hemsky and it being the other way around. I'd beg to differ; Ales Hemsky is a large part of the reason why both he and Shawn Horcoff cashed in on the contracts they did.
The playoff run was 8 years ago. Hemsky and Smyth haven't been an effective combination since Smyth was traded 7 years ago. The Hemsky that played for the Oilers back then is long gone.

Originally Posted by MrWoof View Post
I don't know why people are looking at Ales Hemsky's career as a whole through this narrow lens of the past two or three seasons, two of which were ended due to shoulder surgery. Prior to those injuries he was on pace for two of the best seasons of his career both times;
Because one of the best ways to predict a veteran players performance is by looking at their performance over the last 2-3 seasons. Note that none of his last 3 seasons ended with shoulder surgery. His last shoulder surgery was at the end of the 2010-2011 season.

But, if you want to widen the lens, why don't we look at his career as a whole? If you prorate this season and last season to 82 games, over his whole NHL career Hemsky averages 63 games per season, with an average of 13 goals and 32 assists (45 points). That's not exactly an impressive contribution to the team.

Originally Posted by MrWoof View Post
which brings up another point, the people who say that Hemsky plays soft and avoids contact... if he were that type of player, he'd be a much healthier one too. At this point it shouldn't have to even be mentioned but contrary to what some may believe, there is a difference between playing cerebral and not giving a ****. If people still can't understand the way Hemsky plays the game after all these years, they either haven't been watching him or are too entrenched in their loathing of the player to want to acknowledge this fact.
You're saying that he doesn't avoid contact which leads to him being consistently injured... and this is a good thing?

Originally Posted by MrWoof View Post
Funny how a narrative can be so twisted to fit ones point of view. Edmonton hockey fans may be smart at times but they don't hesitate to turn on and eat their own. No wonder players don't want to play in Canadian fishbowl's.
I don't think we should be happy with his current performance simply because he used to be a good player in the past. He hasn't been a significant contributor (i.e, gotten more than 45 points in a season) for this team since 2008-09.

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