Just read this article regarding statistical analysis on the early decline of goal scoring wingers in the post-lockout NHL. It's kind of interesting, positing that the peak years of goal scoring wingers are 23-25 with a steady decline starting at 26.
In relation to MaxPac, this would give us about a 3-4 year window of maximizing our team's potential with him in his prime. Of course, MaxPac is a known fitness/diet freak with an incredible work ethic and an adamantium skeleton, so maybe none of this will matter.
Makes sense, plus in 3 years PK will be 25, Price will be 27 and some of our veterans like Cole, Gionta, Markov will probably already be gone and we'll have some more young guys like Beaulieu, Tinordi and Gallagher up on the team so I think that'll be one of our best chances to win the Cup.
I actually think Max will peak later on, like 29-30. He's not in the traditional mold of offensive superstars who dominate from the time they get here. He's just started to put it all together in the last year, and there's no signs he won't just keep getting better. That being said, if he can refine his game and become a Hossa, he'll be more valuable to us than just on the scoreboard.
Since one of his best comparables is Cole, who is having one of his best seasons at 33/34, I'd say its not entirely accurate. For one thing, while statistical analysis is useful, it ignores the different types of scoring wingers, along with individual behaviours. Patches is a fitness nut and will likely be able to play at hid peak far beyond 26.
The analysis is pretty basic and mostly a preliminary glance on the subject. Semin is an east-west winger who relies on his release and insane puck control. Patches is north-south who uses speed and size to get to the net. Semin is also a enigma while Patches is a workhorse. Kinda hard to compare the 2.