He isn't a creative player. He's a finisher. Been that way since his first NHL game.
I tend to agree.
Gaborik is best fit on a line where everyone but him holds onto the puck. He even said when he got signed that he thrives by finding lanes. The guy is an amazing finisher, but that being said, he would perform much more consistently if his linemates were more creative and better at holding onto the puck. Richards is awful in this regard. He is a great passer, but he is not the type to play to thrive on holding onto the puck.
I think Gaborik would struggle with Stamkos.
I think he would put up 50 with the Sedins.
He would struggle with Jeff Carter.
He would thrive with Datsyuk.
He would struggle with Mike Richards, Ryan Kesler, or anyother player who doesn't thrive off holding onto the puck and making space/drawing defenders. He likely won't thrive consistently with slow players either.
He absolutely needs a Datsyuk, Malkin, Kopitar, Ribeiro, Sedin(s), Giroux type player.
So shielding the puck and being able to stick handle is the only way to create offense. So Richards can't create offensive when he's playing like he cares.
Don't be ridiculous. Richards is supposed to be an elite play maker. Gaborik, while an underrated passer, doesn't have that ability, either. He's in a 10 game slump. I am so sick and tired of Rangers fans whining every time Gaborik is in a scoring drought.