Probably my favorite player on the team. He's definitely my next jersey too, haven't gotten a jersey since Drury back in 07-08. Not only has he played great on the ice, also a hell of a nice guy off the ice from the times I've met him.
One could argue he has been our best forward dating back to the last month/six weeks of last season. Hope his offense continues to progress and match his defensive diligence. Kid works hard and just so glad to see our young core step up.
AA is on pace for a 66 point season. Arbitration eligible or not,AA is going to cost the Rangers mucho dinero if he gets a 60 point season. That is $3-$4 million per territory. AA is not arbitration eligible this summer. AA is in line for close to $2 million per if he has a 40 point season.
Just keep that trio together and I see no reason we can't get a 60+ point season from each of them.
If Gaborik can remain healthy, he Frolov and EC/Prospal/Stepan will put up points that will leave opposing teams in an uncomfortable situation of who to game plan against.
Yes, I know. Gone are the days of the checking line. Teams still maintain a focus of defence and play tope defensive pairs against certain lines and if you have Gaboriks line going, the Pack line will be able to line up against a lesser defence pairing
Very talented guy but I consider AA a "floater". He reminds me of some other Russians who don't play that hard for large chunks of the game but get by on their talent. It amazes me how he can vanish for periods on end while playing with 2 such hard working wings like Callahan and Dubi. Unquestionably headed towards success as a scorer in the NHL but he would be far better if he had an engine like his linemates. I'd like to see him score against the tough grinding teams such as the Flyers. I'm not sure he has that kind of heart.