Sunday, August 24, 2008

Why All The Buzz About Gaborik?

I got a question to ask: WHY is there so much buzz about Marian Gaborik? With trade rumors swirling and rumors of Marian Gaborik being resigned, I don’t quite understand why people are getting so excited over him. He may be an established star in the NHL but think of other players you could get that aren’t like Gaborik. By not like Gaborik I mean established stars that aren’t injury plagued. Basically, he has been injured in every year of his NHL career. I mean, sure he puts up numbers, but what if you picked up someone different who can put up numbers all season long without going down for be it weeks or months or the full year for that matter? Let us compare him with other players who may not even be on the market but are established stars.

First I’d like to compare him to a guy by the name of Pavel Bure. Now I know their skill level probably does not match up. If you think about it though, Gaborik is on pace for more NHL career points than Bure. Both have had injury plagued seasons. Now these comparisons of Gaborik and Bure may not help much but it does give you an idea of what it’s like to be injury plagued player.

Now we move on to a player who hasn't been very injury plagued if at all. His name is Ilya Kovalchuk. This is the point I'm trying to prove. Kovalchuk has had one less NHL year than Gaborik and has 52 more career points. It just goes to show that it may be skill level that helps along the way, but if your injury plagued it doesn't matter.

Which leads to my question to be answered: Why is Marian Gaborik creating so much buzz? Because regardless of how injury plagued he is, he’s known as a star and will be recognized like one.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

good point

Anonymous said...

I would take Kovalchuk over Gaborik any day, even if Gaborik wasn't injury prone.

Anonymous said...

its hard to compare players like this though because gaborik has been playing in much different circumstances than someone like kovalchuk. Gaborik plays in a much more defensive oriented division, making it harder to put up the points kovalchuk has. Also, the division is a lot more "tough" than the southeast.

Anonymous said...

by "tough" i meant that he is a lot more prone to injuries on a team in the northwest division compared to the southeast

Anonymous said...

yes. i love it. keep talking. then the preds can come in and sweep him up for nothing! :) can we drop the puck already.

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