Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/26/07 at 01:54 PM ET
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
...That’s why you cannot minimize Gaborik’s influence. It’s quantifiable: he has 28 goals in 42 games—a pace that would lead the league if he had played the full schedule thus far. Point-wise, his half-season tally (50) likewise projected would have him battling Crosby and Thornton.
Because Gaborik won’t produce a full body of work, though, no awards will be forthcoming—certainly not the Ross and very likely not the Hart Trophy. But in the big picture, while he has been the Wild’s focal point for some time, it is now truly his team. Marian Gaborik is the Wild’s MVP, as in Most Visible Presence.
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