Great news Stars fans ! Oh wait, this is 2010 not 2006. Nevermind. But still, could it hurt ? Jonathan Cheechoo was invited by Joe Nieuwendyk to join the club in training camp which begins September 17th in Charlettetown, PEI.
The 29 year old winger from Moose Factory Ontario exploded onto the scene in his third NHL season in 2005-06, tallying a whopping 56 goals and 93 points, winning the Rocket Richard Trophy, and being named as a starter in the All-Star game. His numbers have gone down each year since. Since that 56 goal season 4 years ago, he’s managed just 77 goals in 272 regular season games since. When he was dealt to Ottawa in the Dany Heatley deal 1 year ago, I called him a waste of time. He didn’t prove me wrong. He even managed to work himself down to the farm for 25 games with the Binghamton Senators.
Glen Sather once said that even a fire hydrant could pop 40 goals playing alongside Wayne Gretzky. Could the same be true for Joe Thornton ? Many think any success Cheechoo has had can be credited to playing with Jumbo Joe. While I won’t exactly disagree with that, you can’t truly be a fire hydrant if you’re putting the puck in the net that often, can you ? Even if you take away his 56 goal season, he’s had 3 other pretty good years scoring 28 in ’04, 37 in ’07, and 23 in ’08.
The 56 goal obviously an aberration. But if the 29th overall pick in 1998 feels this could be his last kick at the cat, and he decides to play like it, 20+ goals is not out of the question.
At this point, what do we have to lose ?
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Written by Travis Currie
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