Pretty sure Keith Jones predicted Heatley would score 70 goals playing alongside Joe Thornton.
Anyways, as an Ottawa fan, I obviously disliked him. Now I'm pretty indifferent. He hasn't really been relevant since leaving the Sens. While I wouldn't want him back right now for a few reasons, I do miss watching him pot 50 goals wearing a Sens jersey. He had a lethal one-timer and was hungry for garbage goals in his first couple seasons here. He could beat you with his release on a snapshot, a bomb one-timer or put the garbage goals in the back of the net. He was a pure goal scorer. He also had above average vision which made him an elite offensive threat.
He's a ****ing all star. Hat trick in the ****ing all star game and a ****ing 50 goal scorer. What more can the guy do, he'll even show up to the odd optional skate to help the goalies with their clap bombs.
Granlund has some spectacular skills but he is not even close to being an NHL calibre player right now.
His most common linemate at 5v5 was Devin Setoguchi (148mins). When those two were on the ice together, Minnesota took 38.2% of the shot attempts. When Setoguchi was away from Granlund, Minnesota took 52.7% of the shot attempts.
The picture is just as ugly with anyone else on the roster; he's in the mid-30s with almost everyone, and every player did better when Granlund wasn't on the ice with them.
He's ahead of Kopitar, Spezza, Eric Staal, Toews, Lecavalier...
I don't think that assists/game means a whole lot, but when someone is 10th in the world at it over an extended sample size, it's probably a clue that he's a pretty good center for a goal scoring winger to play with.
People are worried about goals and assists but those are results and what you have to focus on is the process.
Here's Heatley's shots per game with each team he played for:
Clearly as a rookie it takes some time to learn how to generate shots at the NHL level, and you can see a pretty clear curve peaking in Ottawa and slowly dropping the past 4 seasons... but most alarming to me is this year so far:
Minnesota this year only, 26 games, 2.27 shots/game
Not only is his shots per game super low compared to his career average and arc, but here are his most common linemates at 5v5:
1) Parise, 189 minutes
2) Koivu, 187 minutes
...and on defense...
3) Suter, 178 minutes
4) Brodin, 124 minutes
When you spend a majority of your ice time with elite players, and you still manage to hit a career low, you're in bad shape.
It's also worth noting that Heatley was an absolute anchor on those guys, dragging them down pretty significantly.
Heatley with Parise: 51.6%
Heatley without Parise: 40.2%
Parise without Heatley: 56.9%
Heatley with Koivu: 52.0%
Heatley without Koivu: 40.1%
Koivu without Heatley: 54.7%