Saturday, July 01, 2006


Funny number.

Both Chris Kontos and Fernando Pisani had 29% shooting percentages in their best playoff years.

Mario Lemieux, the best finisher that the game has ever known in my lifetime ... his best ever regular season shooting% was 27%.

Joe Hulbig career shooting% ... 13%.

Jarret Stoll playoff shooting% ... 8%.

Mike Bossy told us; just shoot it at the net, quick release, some of them will go in.
Which is good advice I think, but he never told anybody what to do if they just all started going in for a stretch ... or if none of them did. I guess we'll just have to improvise.

And good for Fernando with the new contract, a good guy and a good player who cashed in when he could.

That is all.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, the easy comparison to make is Kontos. That shooting percentage factoid is freaky. 29% for the both of them. Wow.

While Pisani more than likely won't hit 10 playoff goals in a single season, nevermind 14, I think there are a number of significant differences between Kontos and Pisani that hopefully indicate he's more than a one year wonder:
- FP was hotter over a longer stretch (24 playoff games, not just 11 games).
- FP played 80 regular season games the year he went nuts in the playoffs. CK, a whopping 7.
- CK had Gretzky as a team mate...

Then there's career numbers:
FP so far (in three seasons):
192 GP
42 G
38 A

CK (spread over 11 seasons):
230 GP
54 G*
69 A
Take away his 27G campaign with Tampa, and obviously those numbers drop drastically (next best seasonal total was eight).

It'll be interesting to see what role the coaches give him next year.

- Rod

7/01/2006 4:21 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

Yeah, I don't think Pisani is comparable to Kontos at all. And didn't he play with Gretzky in the playoffs that year? I don't remember.

I was just pointing out how fleeting a playoff goal scoring streak can be. John Druce had a 32% shooting percentage in his big playoff year btw. Sometimes they just go in.

Pisani is what he is, a damn good hockey player that helps you win. That won't change and I'm glad that he is signed. I'm okay with the dollar amount too. I just hope that people won't get pissed if he doesn't score 35 goals next season ... because that's damn unlikely imo.

7/01/2006 9:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. Pisani will help the team win, but likely won't score 30. Around 20 should be expected. Anything more is a bonus.

Not sure about Kontos and Gretzky... I couldn't remember myself, so I didn't put it down that way, but it seems likely that they were.

- Rod

7/01/2006 10:04 pm  
Blogger hffpff said...

Fedotenko might be another good comp. 27.9% in the 03/04 playoffs. Popped in 26 this year and doesn't seem like he gets huge PP time. What was he making in 05/06?

7/02/2006 12:37 am  

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