The NHL is still buzzing over the Blue Jackets’ activity leading up to Wednesday’s trade deadline.
The boldest move, acquiring Marian Gaborik from the Rangers, certainly qualifies as one of the biggest transactions in Columbus history. Some of the others that come to mind (based on the splash they caused at the time, not the end result):
Upon entering the league in the same season which the Blue Jackets began play, Gaborik has been one of the most dangerous offensive players in the game.
Since offensive players are judged by their numbers, I thought I would take a look at Marian Gaborik…by the numbers:
.879-Career points per game average
1-First ever draft pick of the Minnesota Wild
2-Blocks (estimated) that he famously carried a Christmas tree home on HBO’s 24/7 series
3-Third overall draft pick in the 2000 NHL Draft
3-Number of career All-Star Game appearances
5-Players in CBJ history who previously wore the number 10 (Serge Aubin, Trevor Letowski, Duvie Westcott, Kris Russell and Mark Letestu) (See 55, 74 and 207)
5-Goals scored vs. NY Rangers on 12-20-07 with Minnesota
5-Goals scored in 12 career games in Nationwide Arena
6-Career high for points scored in a game (has happened twice)
7-Career short-handed goals for Gaborik
8-Career points in 12 games played in Nationwide Arena
10-Gaborik’s sweater number
12-Career games played in Nationwide Arena
13-Career goals scored against Columbus
13.1-Career shooting percentage
18-Career playoff goals scored
23-Career points scored against Columbus
25-Career games played against Columbus
30-He’s scored 30 or more goals seven times
40-He’s scored 40 or more goals three times
54-Career playoff games played
55-The number Mark Letestu switched to allowing Gaborik to wear 10
62-Career game-winning goals
74-Number of goals scored by Blue Jackets players wearing 10 prior to Gaborik
80-Twice in his career, he’s topped the 80-point mark for a season
84-Career plus-minus number (+84)
91-Career power play goals
207-Number of points scored by Blue Jackets players wearing 10 prior to Gaborik
333-Goals scored in his NHL career (also the number of career assists)
398-Career penalty minutes
666-Career points scored
2012-Year in which he was named MVP of the All-Star Game
If you want more numbers, here’s how Gaborik’s career stats stack up against Rick Nash.
In two more years in the league, Gaborik has played in 757 games, scoring 333 goals to go with 333 assists (666 points). That’s an average of .879 points per game. He’s scored on 13.1% of his shots, potting 91 power play goals, 7 short-handed tallies and 62 game winners. He’s a plus 84, and has 398 career penalty minutes.
On the other hand, Nash has appeared in 705 career contests, with 302 goals and 275 assists (577 points). His points per game average is .818, scoring on 12.6% of his shots. Nash has 84 power play markers, 15 shorties and 46 game winners. He’s a minus 57 with 594 PIMs.
The biggest difference is playoff games. Nash has only appeared in four of them (1-2-3), while Gaborik has 54 career post-season appearances (18-17-35).
Of course, numbers and stats are one thing. It is “W’s” that the Blue Jackets are looking for, and not just to try and get in to the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Columbus is banking on Gaborik being a huge piece towards building a winner at the corner of Front and Nationwide.