Please, you are reaching. Somehow I don't think that a single NHL player will have any hesitation about going into a corner with Steven Stamkos hot on his tail.
Stamkos is a better player. Yes. But he's clearly not doing much besides providing offense, given Tampa's inability to make the playoffs. And again, I'll ask if John Tavares is part of the problem in Long Island, like you claim that Phil Kessel is in Toronto. Waiting for your answer on that one.
You need to let go of your Stamkos claims - you are simply wrong.
And what are you talking about regarding John Tavares? You are clearly missing the point. Tavares was -6 last year - there were only 4 regulars on the Islanders with a better +/-. Jurcina was -34, Steit -27, Reasoner -25, Neiderreiter -29, ten other players were between -19 and -10. You seem to be stuck on some point that a player's performance is judged by whether they get their team in the playoffs or not - which is ridiculous and off topic. Are we going to start questioning Jordan Eberle because the OIl have yet to make the playoffs in his career? Nonsense, and nowhere near the issue. Stamkos and Tavares were 2nd and 5th on their teams in +/-, the relative to their team-mates part being the element that eliminates your sidestep that this is a "team stat". Again, Kessel 20th, 29th, 20th - on the Leafs. Only a noob would expect a player to single-handedly deliver a playoff birth - it can't be expected of Tavares, Stamkos, and it sure as hell can't be expected of Kessel.
Edited by oldnews, 15 December 2012 - 11:06 PM.