Hi guys,I had chimed in about a month or so ago asking probably the most asked question about the Wild this year,What's wrong with Gaborik?? Obviously,the hold out was a factor and I'm sure he lost some of his confidence but my question simply is,Most of you guys have seen him all year and here's what I want to know,Do you guys think he's lost anything in terms of his skillset?? Does anyone suspect an injury could have been a factor this year or is it strictly the holdout plus a loss of confidence?? Also,does anyone suspect that the Wild will bring in some more skilled offensive talent to play with him next year??
That's a difficult question. I don't think he's lost anything in his skills...most of the stuff he does this year is what he did last year....he's actually gained in an area, his defensive awareness. He makes better plays with his stick in his own end, and he's using his speed to catch up to the play, because he has the ability to backcheck like a demon simply because of his tremendous speed. He's using his speed this year, and I think he's really improved his game in his own end. The first 10-15 games when he got back he was trying to catch up to everything, and he had the wrong offensive mindset, probably brought on by the feeling that he owed his teammates for his time missed....durung that time he was trying to show everybody that he was worth the money...Bruno talked about this during that time and also the announcers. He tried to do everything himself and it didn't work and he got frustrated. His lack of offense forced his defensive development. So the holdout actually helped because last year everybody knocked him for being a one way player. He was not solid on his own zone. He is now. His injuries....people have brought this up a bit. In 3 years he's had two hernia surgeries and a shoulder injury. Of those, the only one I suspect right now might be more serious than he or anyone else is willing to let on about is the shoulder. During the holdout he was very hush hush about it and wouldn't really elaborate, but we do know that it was bothering him in Slovakia. Then he had this hip flexor thing, that's cleared up now. So, I don't think he's lost anything in terms of skillset...about the Wild bringing in more skilled offensive talent. Other than what we have in O'Sullivan, Burns, Bouchard, Dupuis, and Koivu, I don't think Doug is going to go get someone. That would put us in the top bottom 6 of the league in payroll. Our #3 spot is precious.
He hasn't really lost anything - until the Wild can either provide him with some support or get their powerplay going, the points are just going to be hard to come by. Since the middle of last season, other teams have figured out how to neutralize him within the context of the Wild system, and so his numbers have chuted as a result. If the Wild had one other serious threat, that would help Gaborik a lot.
I also personally think he should be reunited on a line with Brunette - Bruno is the ideal guy for doing the dirty work in the corners and behind the net to set up Gaborik for more chances.
The shoulder injury is something that I was thinking could have been something that could be bothering him right now too......In your opinion,how serious do you think it is?? It really sucks cause Gabby is one of my favorite players in the world and it stinks not seeing him score goals like he should be.........
Well I'm just speculating about his shoulder, for all we know it's perfectly fine. It just seemed like he was pretty vague about it in Slovakia. I honestly don't know. It'd be something to keep in mind though.