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What Happened to Scotty Gomez?

That is what every hockey fan is probably wondering after NHL centerman Scott Gomez showed so much talent with the New Jersey Devils.

It seemed things changed when he went to the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent in the 2007-08 season. Sure, he tied for the team lead in points with then captain Jaromir Jagr but he just was not the same player he was as a Devil. He certainly he had his share of assists that season but he did not score as many goals as he did with the Devils and just did not seem like the player that fans were used to seeing excel like he did in previous seasons.

The same can be said of the following season. In 2008-09, Gomez put up just 58 points (16 goals and 42 assists) and ended up being traded to the Montreal Canadiens in the off-season.

Things have not been much better in Montreal. In his first full season with the Habs, Gomez had 59 points (12 goals and 47 assists) and 14 points (2 goals and 12 assists) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. While those numbers are not terrible, they are still not numbers that matchup with his current cap hit.

This past season was a new low for Gomez. In the regular season, the 31-year-old had just 38 points (7 goals and 31 assists) and constantly took shifts off, gave up the puck and was not nearly as effective as he used to be.

So, folks, what happened to the real Scott Gomez?

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Too much time spending too much Money.

Posted by Hate that Habs from NL on 07/18/11 at 01:22 PM ET

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Sorry to say, but this is the real Scott Gomez (well, last season was pretty grisly, but up through 2009-10 we were getting the “real” one).

People saw what he did in 2005-2006 and assumed that was his “normal,” rather than what was simply an unpredictable (and unsustainable) career spike with fortuitous timing. Consider that:

(1) He had an extremely high and obviously unsustainable shooting percentage that season—13.5 percent, nearly twice his career average and more than four points better than any other season in his career up to that point (or now). Although his number of assists (51) were normal for him, his goal total shot up to 33. This is still the only time to date when Gomez cracked the 20-goal barrier, let alone 30.

(2) Gomez managed to hit his career season in 2005-2006, a year in which numbers league-wide were already inflated because defenses were still adjusting to the post-lockout rule changes. 7,443 total goals were scored that year, the most in NHL history, and the per-game average was above 6.

Cut out that one season, and the “real” Scott Gomez comes into better focus. In his “other” six seasons with the Devils (five pre-lockout years, plus 2007-2008) Gomez recorded 83 goals and 283 assists—an average of about 14 goals and 47 assists (61 points) per season.

These numbers are very consistent with what he later produced with the Rangers, as well as his first season in Montreal.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 07/18/11 at 01:36 PM ET

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Maybe he just fit the NJ system perfect.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 07/18/11 at 01:57 PM ET

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that’s a hockey article? I know it’s summer but come on.
you copy and pasted stats,
then asked the same question people have been asking for 4 years.
KK, you’re losing me.

Posted by rob from TORONTO on 07/18/11 at 02:02 PM ET

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Sven’s got it right. This is the real Gomez. He never was a scorer. He had one big goal scoring year during the inflated post lockout year and because of the timing of his free agency made bank on it.

Posted by jkrdevil on 07/18/11 at 02:07 PM ET

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I agree with Rob, this isn’t much of an article and seems pretty random.  S. Gomez has never produced under his current contract and he never will.

Would really love to know what’s going on in Tampa with Stamkos.  Seems very strange that a deal hasn’t been worked out at this point.

Posted by tbassett on 07/18/11 at 02:34 PM ET

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Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 07/18/11 at 12:36 PM ET

+1000000

Posted by rob from TORONTO on 07/18/11 at 01:02 PM ET

Then don’t read it, troll. I think the whole goal of this post was to start a conversation, not to post some lengthy prose about Scot Gomez’s mediocrity. I like the conversation-starters. If you don’t, don’t read them.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/18/11 at 02:49 PM ET

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I was about to say it myself but rob from TORONTO said it for me. You probably tell your friends and family you’re some sort of hockey blogger. To repeat the same question the whole world has been over-discussing for years about a player we all essentially know the answer to anyway is just embarrassing. Lamest. Read. Ever.

Posted by Scott from Alberta on 07/20/11 at 01:08 PM ET

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I have to agree that the expectations for Scott Gomez became unrealistic once he got the big contract in New York.  Watching him play now he seems like a fast skating play maker with one of the worst shots I have ever seen at the NHL level. Opponents know he can’t shoot so are always looking to cut off the pass. Had a ton of ice time with Montreal last year especially on the PP and produced almost nothing with it.  May be one of the worst points per minutes played offensive players in the league. 
When New York signed him I thought he was a better than average second line center. Nowadays there a lot of checking centers with skills out there producing more offense with way less ice time. He manages better performances in the playoffs so he is better when he is interested.  He just might not be able to sustain a top level of play for an entire year any more.  Might be time to stick him in the minors and go looking for a real center.

Posted by Scott from Dartmouth on 07/25/11 at 11:48 AM ET

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