headh wrote:Pitts wrote:headh wrote:Pitts wrote:columbia wrote:IO don't agree with the sentiment, but that's hardly trolling.
It's not trolling. It's just flat out wrong.
You may be right but I'd be more interested in your defense than your conclusion. What is your thought process?
Sid has greater discipline and consistency
You answered you own question. There is no doubt that when Sid is healthy and on the ice he is the most consistent player there is. He produces -- every single day. You can't say that about Malkin. All the size and athleticism means nothing if it isn't consistent. Not once do you ever see a thread entitled "Where in the world is Sidney Crosby?".
I simply feel like a thread titled "Where is Malkin? Earth to Malkin, Come in Malkin....." is so incredibly insulting to a guy who just won the scoring championship in 2012 and is "down" to averaging "only" over a point per game in 2013 is beyond absurd. What on earth is the motivation to make one player out to be a hero and another out to be slacking malcontent? The title of this thread is a complete joke and there is zero justification for the thought process behind those words....zero
The problem is that most of his production has come on the power play. Malkin has a whopping 3 goals and 9 assist at even strength this season put him at 9th on the team with 12 even strength points and (barely) 5th with 0.48 ES points per game. Neal and Iginla both sit at 0.47 ES points per game; Cooke is 0.42 ES points per game. Ahead of Malkin are Crosby @ 1.08 ES points per game, Kunitz @ 0.84 ES points per game, Letang @ 0.75 ES points per game, and Dupuis at 0.66 ES points per game.
Last season, for comparison, Malkin recorded 75 ES points in 75 games (1.00 ES P/G). Dupuis (0.67) was about the same, Neal (0.64) was significantly better, and Kunitz (0.52) was significantly lower.
I don't think I need to explain why ES production is important. And of course PP production is also very important, but when you're a player of Malkin's calibre and averaging 0.48 ES points per game - you're not producing. He doesn't have to be a point per game at even strength or anything like that, but he should be up in the same area as Kunitz is right now, at the very least.