I saw a season statistics from Dale Hawerchuk and there is one season, that is obviously very strange.
In season 1992/1992 he scored only 16 goals (81 games), but collected 80 assists. Thats a very strange season for the guy, who regularly scored at least 40 goals.
What was the reason?
I know, there was Mogilny and LaFontaine, but only 16 goals?
To me, it appears that he had already hit his peak in his early 20s, his numbers started to taper off after he hit his mid 20s and he was on the decline of his career by his early 30s. He did register 35 goals the following season but his career ended shortly thereafter when he was 33.
Hawerchuk's last 40 goal season was in 88-89 and he hit 30 only twice after that. In the 90's he was scoring around 10 ESG a season and PPGs in the same range. With the Sabres he generally played on the second line and the first PP-unit when LaFontaine was healthy. In 93-94 he spent most of the season on the top line and his goal totals shot up accordingly.
That year was an anamoly for him around that time. 16 goals was low for him. He was still a good player at that time, but as mentioned, there were other Sabres who were scoring the lion's share of goals.
Hawerchuk did what most stars did of any era. His goal scoring totals started to peter out around 30 years old. By the end of the 1993 season Hawerchuk had played 12 seasons where he was "the" star guy most of the time. Burnout could have been a factor.
The Jets with Hawerchuk had depth and versitility at center, so Hawerchuk could play to his strengths. Buffalo was two deep at center - Hawerchuk & Turgeon or Lafontaine, ...... then Bob Sweeney types. St. Louis and Philly he was a depth center post hip issues. Philly behind Lindros, Brind'Amour, Otto.
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In addition to the factors mentioned above, his shooting percentage was only 6.2% that year. And even with him playing the point on the PP, that's incredibly low for him, so he seems to have had a good dose of bad luck that year as well.