Last season as in when he was still just coming off the injured back?
I only buy that argument if he had horrible advanced stats this year as well, which I don't think he did.
I think omission of the broken back year is fair, so let's compare 10-11 and this year.
This season he had a negative Corsi and relative corsi ratings. In '11 he lead the team in both.
This season he received slightly easier zone starts than '11, however he finished in his own zone a lot more. He drove play backwards (basically the opposite effect a Taylor Hall/David Booth have).
He's also had a disturbing trend of taking far more penalties this year. Normally the penalties show an increase in toughness but he's also being drawing far less penalties. In 10-11 the rate he drew penalties was nearly 5x as many as he took.
I think Raymond's on ice play has shown that he cannot be counted on for secondary scoring and that he's never gotten back to the level of play in years past.
Through the eye test I think Raymond has shyed away from contact a lot more and avoids the puck battles. He's also stopped going wide and drawing penalties.
The Blues' scoring is as anaemic as ours, and that's even when they play well. Stop trying to force this team into a mold we obviously don't fit. We need to play our game, and actually put some pressure in the offensive zone. Playing physical is great, but hockey games aren't decided by the number of hits your team has.
Exactly. To be perfectly blunt, we might be one of the few teams that could pull off the juggernaut offense that use to be the Capital's statement. Unlike them, we do have the defense and goaltending to make it work, which is why it is so bloody frustrating to watch AV play conservative every bloody night.