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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Digressions Over Production... An Issue Arising?

As far as the Islanders fan can see, there is a disproportion in production of our players, which is becoming more evident as time goes on. The Peeve, a poster on Islander Mania (the team's official message board) made these great observations:

"If the play continues and player output continues as it has been:

1. Mike Sillinger is soon to score more goals than Mike Comrie.
2. Andy Hilbert will soon have more goals than Trent Hunter (he is only 2 g's behind Hunter).
3. MAB will soon score more goals than Ruslan Fedotenko. (they are currently tied).
4. Richard Park will soon surpass Joey Vas and Satan.


NAME GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA SOG SPCT
Bill Guerin 49 18 10 28 -7 46 6 5 0 0 139 12.95%
Mike Comrie 50 14 22 36 -13 53 2 13 0 0 129 10.85%
Mike Sillinger 49 14 12 26 -8 28 3 3 2 0 94 14.89%
Miroslav Satan 49 11 16 27 -1 22 4 4 0 0 104 10.58%
Josef Vasicek 50 11 8 19 0 20 0 2 2 0 67 16.42%
Richard Park 50 9 12 21 1 12 1 1 2 1 80 11.25%
Marc-Andre Bergeron 35 8 9 17 -7 8 7 6 0 0 75 10.67%
Ruslan Fedotenko 48 8 15 23 -7 30 4 1 0 2 74 10.81%
Trent Hunter 50 7 19 26 -11 29 2 5 0 2 138 5.07%
Andy Hilbert 50 5 5 10 -1 16 0 0 0 0 87 5.75%
Chris Campoli 46 4 14 18 -1 16 2 9 1 0 68 5.88%"

These are obviously issues to consider. Our "big guns", Vasicek, Satan and Comrie, are certainly not scoring enough to help the team out, not to mention improving their own stats, and as a result, players like Park and Bergeron, who aren't regularly relied on to score, have only a little ways to go before they surpass the Big Three on the depth chart. As far as Hunter goes, he's been working hard and plays a lot on the PK, which may factor into his scoring drought, but has had some chances on goal that have gone wide or otherwise not been finished. Satan, a sniper in the shootout but otherwise not overwhelmingly effective on offense, has heard it from quite a few fans on the message board. Vasicek, who scored for the first time in a month a couple of games ago against Philadelphia, has disappeared greatly over the past few months, as has Comrie, who many believe is not the #1 center that the Islanders organization wants him to be. Indeed, he has been practically invisible, while players like Mike Sillinger and Bill Guerin have caught fire recently, scoring the bulk of the Isles' goals. Guerin is the team's leading goalscorer, with 18 goals, while Vasicek and Satan have 11, and Comrie has been stuck at 14 goals, while still recording the greatest amount of points with 36. The Islanders, now entering the playoff push after the All-Star break is over, will need at least most, if not all of their goalscorers to pull their weight if they wish to make the playoffs this year. Rick DiPietro has been solid, but he can't score goals, and this team cannot rely on him, the defense and the PK to get them into the playoffs and succeed. The best defense is a good offense, after all.

1 comment:

The Peeve said...

Yup. Well said. Sadly, those players who producing under par, need to get benched. Maybe after each 1st period, until they start producing.