If someone continued to dump on me about my work production, I’d be getting mightily riled. So why do I go on about Scott Gomez?
I’ve been very hard on Gomez lately because he’s, well….. not doing enough. On the ice at least. Maybe at home he’s a ball of fire, fixing the dryer and cutting the lawn and scrubbing the oven. I hear he has some nagging injuries now and I’m sympathetic indeed, but it doesn’t give him an out for the other parts of his season.
He just isn’t helping the Canadiens like he should, aside from his ability to carry the puck in sweeping motions from his end, deep into the other. Gomez does this well, and he’ll often find a teammate and get him the puck and at times, things happen from this. That’s what he does but it’s not enough. Not when the team needs more.
But I need to refocus. Scott Gomez might be an extremely nice person. I saw (on TV of course), Larry Robinson give him a warm hug before the New Jersey game a while back and any friend of Larry Robinson is a friend of mine.
I admit I admired his unusual bent-over skating style when he played for the South Surrey Eagles in the BCHL and came to Powell River. And there are times now when he’s reasonably effective. Not often but I’m just saying.
I don’t know why I expect more from him, aside from the large contract and the fact that he won the Calder trophy a decade ago with the Devils. And yes, the team gave up on Saku Koivu and added him.
The reality is, except for the 2005-06 season in New Jersey when Gomez managed 33 goals, his career has shown that he’s not any kind of a scorer at all. Never has been. He’s now in his 12th year in the NHL and his goal totals have been 19, 14, 10, 13, 14, 13, 33, 13, 16, 16, 12, and now just 7. So even though he’s slightly off-pace for a normal Gomez year, he’s not far off.
Last season with the Habs he managed only 12.
This is not Guy Lafleur.
I guess all we can expect is that Gomez takes the puck from his end to the other, sometimes make a nice pass, and sometimes kill a penalty. If he really hasn’t been a goal scorer all along, why should we expect him to be one now?
That’s not being too negative, is it?
Scott Gomez has seven goals in 63 games. These players below scored almost as many in just one game. (This also isn’t being too negative, is it?)
|Joe Malone||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||01917-12-19 December 19, 1917||5|
|Harry Hyland||Canada||Montreal Wanderers||01917-12-19 December 19, 1917||5|
|Joe Malone||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||01918-01-12 January 12, 1918||5|
|Joe Malone||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||01918-02-02 February 2, 1918||5|
|Newsy Lalonde||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||01919-03-01 March 1, 1919||5|
|Newsy Lalonde||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||01920-01-10 January 10, 1920||6|
|Joe Malone||Canada||Quebec Bulldogs||01920-01-31 January 31, 1920||7|
|Mickey Roach||United States||Toronto St. Pats||01920-03-06 March 6, 1920||5|
|Joe Malone||Canada||Quebec Bulldogs||01920-03-10 March 10, 1920||6|
|Corb Denneny||Canada||Toronto St. Pats||01921-01-26 January 26, 1921||6|
|Newsy Lalonde||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||01921-02-16 February 16, 1921||5|
|Cy Denneny||Canada||Ottawa Senators||01921-03-07 March 7, 1921||6|
|Babe Dye||Canada||Toronto St. Pats||01922-12-16 December 16, 1922||5|
|Red Green||Canada||Hamilton Tigers||01924-12-05 December 5, 1924||5|
|Babe Dye||Canada||Toronto St. Pats||01924-12-22 December 22, 1924||5|
|Punch Broadbent||Canada||Montreal Maroons||01925-01-07 January 7, 1925||5|
|Pit Lepine||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||01929-12-29 December 29, 1929||5|
|Howie Morenz||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||01930-03-18 March 18, 1930||5|
|Charlie Conacher||Canada||Toronto Maple Leafs||01932-01-19 January 19, 1932||5|
|Ray Getliffe||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||01943-02-06 February 6, 1943||5|
|Syd Howe||Canada||Detroit Red Wings||01944-02-03 February 3, 1944||6|
|Maurice Richard||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||01944-03-23 March 23, 1944||5|
|Maurice Richard||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||01944-12-28 December 28, 1944||5|
|Howie Meeker||Canada||Toronto Maple Leafs||01947-01-08 January 8, 1947||5|
|Bernie Geoffrion||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||01955-02-19 February 19, 1955||5|
|Bobby Rousseau||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||01964-02-01 February 1, 1964||5|
|Red Berenson||Canada||St. Louis Blues||01968-11-07 November 7, 1968||6|
|Yvan Cournoyer||Canada||Montreal Canadiens||01975-02-15 February 15, 1975||5|
|Darryl Sittler||Canada||Toronto Maple Leafs||01976-02-07 February 7, 1976||6|
|Darryl Sittler||Canada||Toronto Maple Leafs||01976-04-22 April 22, 1976||5|
|Reggie Leach||Canada||Philadelphia Flyers||01976-05-06 May 6, 1976||5|
|Don Murdoch||Canada||New York Rangers||01976-10-12 October 12, 1976||5|
|Ian Turnbull||Canada||Toronto Maple Leafs||01977-02-02 February 2, 1977||5|
|Bryan Trottier||Canada||New York Islanders||01978-12-23 December 23, 1978||5|
|Tim Young||Canada||Minnesota North Stars||01979-01-15 January 15, 1979||5|
|John Tonelli||Canada||New York Islanders||01981-01-06 January 6, 1981||5|
|Wayne Gretzky||Canada||Edmonton Oilers||01981-02-18 February 18, 1981||5|
|Wayne Gretzky||Canada||Edmonton Oilers||01981-12-30 December 30, 1981||5|
|Grant Mulvey||Canada||Chicago Black Hawks||01982-02-03 February 3, 1982||5|
|Bryan Trottier||Canada||New York Islanders||01982-02-12 February 12, 1982||5|
|Willy Lindstrom||Sweden||Winnipeg Jets||01982-03-02 March 2, 1982||5|
|Mark Pavelich||United States||New York Rangers||01983-02-23 February 23, 1983||5|
|Jari Kurri||Finland||Edmonton Oilers||01983-11-19 November 19, 1983||5|
|Bengt-Ake Gustafsson||Sweden||Washington Capitals||01984-01-08 January 8, 1984||5|
|Pat Hughes||Canada||Edmonton Oilers||01984-02-03 February 3, 1984||5|
|Wayne Gretzky||Canada||Edmonton Oilers||01984-12-15 December 15, 1984||5|
|Dave Andreychuk||Canada||Buffalo Sabres||01986-02-06 February 6, 1986||5|
|Wayne Gretzky||Canada||Edmonton Oilers||01987-12-06 December 6, 1987||5|
|Mario Lemieux||Canada||Pittsburgh Penguins||01988-12-31 December 31, 1988||5|
|Joe Nieuwendyk||Canada||Calgary Flames||01989-01-11 January 11, 1989||5|
|Mario Lemieux||Canada||Pittsburgh Penguins||01989-04-25 April 25, 1989||5|
|Mats Sundin||Sweden||Quebec Nordiques||01992-03-05 March 5, 1992||5|
|Mario Lemieux||Canada||Pittsburgh Penguins||01993-04-09 April 9, 1993||5|
|Peter Bondra||Slovakia||Washington Capitals||01994-02-05 February 5, 1994||5|
|Mike Ricci||Canada||Quebec Nordiques||01994-02-17 February 17, 1994||5|
|Alexei Zhamnov||Russia||Winnipeg Jets||01995-04-01 April 1, 1995||5|
|Mario Lemieux||Canada||Pittsburgh Penguins||01996-03-26 March 26, 1996||5|
|Sergei Fedorov||Russia||Detroit Red Wings||01996-12-26 December 26, 1996||5|
|Marian Gaborik||Slovakia||Minnesota Wild||02007-12-20 December 20, 2007||5|
|Johan Franzen||Sweden||Detroit Red Wings||02011-02-02 February 2, 2011||5|