Monday, January 11, 2010

Gaborik Contender for Rocket Richard Trophy

Sam McCaig at The Hockey News takes a look at the competition for the Rocket Richard Trophy for most goals in a season...

1. Marian Gaborik, NY Rangers (28 goals in 42 games)
He’s missed two games due to injury, but that was back at the end of October. Along with goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Gaborik has been the main reason why the Rangers remain in the playoff conversation. The blazing left winger has goals in 23 games – he’s scored in more contests than any other NHLer this season – including five two-goal games. His longest scoring drought this season is three games (twice) and Gaborik is on pace for his first 50-goal season (he had 42 goals in 77 games in 2007-08). Rangers coach John Tortorella likes to ride his star players, so Gaborik will be expected to continue carrying the offense. Not that that’s anything new to the former Wild lone gunner.

Rocket Richard outlook: As always, it’s all about his health. If he stays groin-strong, Gaborik will remain in the trophy hunt to the end.

...in my opinion this is Gaborik's to lose. Like McCaig points out Tortorella is going to ride Gaborik giving him ample opportunity to win the crown.

1 comment:

Jack said...

It's so friggin' awesome to have such a world class sniper on the team. A "marquee player" as they like to say.