Last year he struggled to put the puck in the net a little and also struggled a little the 1st couple games this year. He was always in a good scoring position but just couldn't put the puck in the back of the net. Recently he seems to have gotten that scorers confidence back and is finishing well. Kinda hope Kapanen does the same thing. Kap is constantly in good scoring position with the puck but just always seems to shoot it wide or over the net.
Glad to see Amonte scoring though since it will give Roenick more space and allow him to distribute the puck as he has been doing the last few games. They are fun to watch.
Amonte sure has picked it up as of late and it's good to see him returnign to his old form. All we need now is to get Kapanen shooting on net and Gagné more durable!
Sami is going to be lucky to put up 20 goals, fifty points. He just isnt the player he was three years ago. Blame it on injury, or playing with Primeau and Brashear, whatever. Right now his job is to baby sit Pitkanen while he adjusts to life in North America.
It's unfair to even expect Kapanen to have 20 goals and 50 points this year.
He's playing on a checking line with a defensive center in Primeau who even at his peak offensively wasn't a playmaker at all. He's also playing with Gagne who is injured and missing time every other game, or Brashear, or a grinder/enforcer. He isn't getting alot of PP time either.
Now, Kapanen has hit the post and missed the net a few times this year, don't get me wrong. Despite being on the checking line and getting little PP time, he's still on pace for about 15 goals and 25 assists, which isn't bad for a third liner.
If Kapenen were on the first or second line, I guarantee he'd producing more goals and assists.
He might not be the player he once was, but he isn't that far off from it. Considering the role he is in, and the linemates he has, he is doing just fine IMO.
Also, to say his job is to babysit Pitkanen is ludicrous. He serves a valuable role on this team. He is more than capable of being a very good third liner for us. If we get injuries he can slide up to a scoring line, and he can also play either wing. To me that's a pretty solid and versatile hockey player to have on ones' team. When you consider we got him for a 5/6 defensmen who would have never seen the ice here, an aboslute bust who will be back In Europe in 2 or 3 years, and a mid round pick, I'd say Kapenen is doing just fine.
You can't expect a guy to play on the third line with little PP time and produce like he did when he was in that position in the past. Remember what he did in the playoffs last year with JR and Amonte?? We also got him for nothing. I think the complaints and claims are a bit unfair and off.