I'm sorry, but have you and I been watching different National Hockey Leagues? One in which Franzen, Sameulsson, Bertuzzi and Cleary are skilled workhorses who make the players around them better?
I'm sorry, but did Filppula play alongside Cleary, Bertuzzi, or Samuelsson last season? The answer is a resounding "no," making your argument utterly lacking ground upon which to stand. Cleary played almost the entirety of the season on the 3rd line (along with that short but unfortunate stint on the 1st, during which he was paired with Abdelkader and Datsyuk), and Bertuzzi and Samuelsson combined for only 11 games played in total. And Franzen? Despite being a lazy lug, he finished with almost twice as many points than Filppula in an equal number of games played and with very similar ice time (Franzen had a bit more ToI on the power play, but this hardly matters given that he was almost uniformly being used as a goalie screen). What does that say about Filppula himself?
And I've been saying for years, with basically everyone telling me I was wrong, that Filppula had 70 point potential. His 66 point season was a long time coming, which proved me right
His 66-point season means nothing in the grand scheme of things if he cannot not repeat it. More, your argument was not only that he had the potential to be productive, but that he could be a productive player. This definition entailed consistent production.
next year was simply an off year in which he was weighed down by lazy linemates, a shortened season which he was injured leading up to and the pressure of a contract year. He'll scored 60 again this year, if not 70 or more.
Your claim is that Filppula's failure to repeat his 2011-2012 performance was due to factors in which he was completely innocent. That's very convenient and also very. untrue.
With regards to his linemates: Filppula spent the lion's share of the season with Franzen, who vastly outproduced him, and Zetterberg, who cannot be deemed lazy by any definition of the word. He spent much of the rest with Datsyuk or Brunner, both of whom also cannot rightly be called lazy, and the latter of whom was in his first season in the NHL and went through a slump of his own but still managed to substantially outperform Filppula. Finally, I question why you think think your argument is an effective one in the first place, given that it claims that Filppula will perform very poorly without linemates to carry him; even if the data did line up (as noted, it does not), it would only suggest that Filppula is very limited as a player.
Your other two arguments likewise hold no water. With regards to his injury, Filppula had two months to recover before entering play. More, his injury (an MCL sprain) was not a serious one. Finally, many players sustain injuries but, after recovery, return to perform well on the ice. Filppula did not. And with regards to the supposed pressure of a contract year: as with your argument about his linemates, I question why you're pursuing this one in the first place; it suggests only that Filppula cannot handle pressure. For the vast majority of notable scorers, the pressure of a contract year seems to have no effect upon production.
Fil has had a goal or assist in every game with the lightning. That is pretty much the opposite of Weiss so far.
For noted reasons, that is functionally irrelevant to the discussion. More, it is untrue; Filppula was pointless in his second game of the season. Further, since we've already examined his first three goals, let's do the same with his fourth: it came on a shot that hit his leg and went into the net.
Edited by Crymson, 14 October 2013 - 10:51 AM.