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Historical comparables to Jason Pominville?

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01-23-2014, 12:54 PM
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Historical comparables to Jason Pominville?

Pominville is one under the radar player, not only was he drafted as number 55, he never played in the WJC and did not establish himself in the NHL until age 22. He has also been overlooked in two Olympic games as of now and is 31 years of age. He did play in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game though and has hit 62 points plus five times. I'm looking for comparables, not necessarily for other Olympic snubs.

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I find that Mark Recchi and Dave Andreychuk get overlooked a lot despite putting up decent numbers. Also, to a lesser extent, Steve Thomas had some pretty good seasons as well. Cory Stillman had some good seasons in the 2000s including two Stanley Cups but no one ever talks about him. Vaclav Prospal also had some good seasons back in the day and was still playing in the NHL last season though I bet many people didn't even know that.

To a lesser extent, Patrik Elias, Pavol Demitra, and Zigmund Palffy all had great careers but were underrated.

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I always thought of him like new Satan. A little bit overlooked in NHL sense, but obviously not in NT. Both good snipers, similar numbers and achievments.
Elias, Demitra, Palffy are at least one tier above him.

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Geoff Sanderson.

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Geoff Sanderson.
Ah yes, that's a good one. I'll throw in Andrew Cassels while we're at it.

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I always thought of him like new Satan.
That's a little harsh, don't you think?

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Geoff Sanderson.
might turn out that way but generally i stay away from comps as every player is unique and plays in different conditions.

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Geoff Sanderson.
Don't think Pominville has Sanderson's wheels.

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Elias
It sure would be entertaining to see Elias longivity from Pominville, All-Star games sure cant be trusted anymore with the Olympics and lockouts and everything, but maybe your're right, although i think Elias might be a little bit out of reach.

Edit: As a matter of fact he might not be too far off, just need six quality seasons more from now on. Dont have much of a playoff record in comparison though.


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Looking at past Buffalo players for a second, how about Craig Ramsay? Both exploded toward the end of their junior careers but transitioned through the AHL. Both went on to have decent consecutive games streaks playing excellent two-way, disciplined hockey. Similarly dependable production (consecutive 20+ seasons, flirted with PPG scoring at their best, etc) and production curves between 24 and 32. Leadership on the wing, good work ethic, probably best suited to middle 6 duties as opposed to top lines, etc. Maybe as offensively superior to Ramsay as Ramsay is defensively superior, but close enough?

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Looking at past Buffalo players for a second, how about Craig Ramsay? Both exploded toward the end of their junior careers but transitioned through the AHL. Both went on to have decent consecutive games streaks playing excellent two-way, disciplined hockey. Similarly dependable production (consecutive 20+ seasons, flirted with PPG scoring at their best, etc) and production curves between 24 and 32. Leadership on the wing, good work ethic, probably best suited to middle 6 duties as opposed to top lines, etc. Maybe as offensively superior to Ramsay as Ramsay is defensively superior, but close enough?
Not to derail the thread but I find it odd that Ramsay retired right after he won the Selke Trophy. Anyone know why?

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Not to derail the thread but I find it odd that Ramsay retired right after he won the Selke Trophy. Anyone know why?
Was offered a coaching position. Accepted. Hung up the skates. Kinda weird, but hey. He had his iron man string cut just a couple of years earlier, his overall play was declining (broken foot didn't help), and the Sabres were obviously going on a bit of a youth movement... Had obviously done enough to that point to get himself inducted almost immediately into the Sabres' HoF, at least.

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Was offered a coaching position. Accepted. Hung up the skates. Kinda weird, but hey. He had his iron man string cut just a couple of years earlier, his overall play was declining (broken foot didn't help), and the Sabres were obviously going on a bit of a youth movement... Had obviously done enough to that point to get himself inducted almost immediately into the Sabres' HoF, at least.
Players retiring into coaching positions was more common in the 1980s. Brian Sutter retired as a player after being named head coach of the Blues at age 31. Bob Gainey was reportedly approached by multiple teams about a coaching position every offseason for the last five years of his career, though he always decided to play just one more year until retiring at 37. And while Jim Peplinski retired to become a broadcaster, not a coach, he was another player who retired relatively early (at age 29) to pursue a post-playing career.

We haven't really seen established NHL vets do this in the last 20 years.

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