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How Good Can Girgensons Be?

Basically I’m wondering about his offensive potential. Is he a future number 1, 2, or 3? It’s easy to slot him as a 3 with his drive, work ethic, and skill suited to keeping up and shutting down the opponents top line. However, if he is able to produce offense while marinating a pain in the ass game to play against than he can be a top six forward on not only this but any NHL team. So what is Girgensons offensive ceiling and when will he reach it?

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season

Playoffs

Season

Team

League

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

2009–10

Green Mountain Glades

EJHL

42

28

29

57

19

2

0

2

0

2

2010–11

Dubuque Fighting Saints

USHL

51

21

28

49

46

11

3

5

8

8

2011–12

Dubuque Fighting Saints

USHL

49

24

31

55

69

2

2

2

4

0

2012–13

Rochester Americans

AHL

61

6

11

17

28

3

3

0

3

0

2013–14

Buffalo Sabres

NHL

70

8

14

22

14

NHL totals

70

8

14

22

14

International

Year

Team

Event

Result

GP

G

A

Pts

PIM

2010

Latvia

WJC18

9th

6

1

1

2

2

2011

Latvia

WJC-D1

11th

5

4

3

7

8

2012

Latvia

WJC

9th

6

2

0

2

6

2013

Latvia

WC

11th

5

1

0

1

0

2014

Latvia

OG

8th

5

1

1

2

2

2014

Latvia

WC

11th

6

2

0

2

29

Junior totals

17

7

4

11

16

Senior totals

16

4

1

5

31

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zemgus_Girgensons

As a 16 year old he put up 57 points in 42 games in the EJHL, a tier 3 Junior A league. He followed that up by beginning play in the USHL a step up in competition and by his second year there with the Dubuque Fighting Saints he put up 55 points in 49 games as an 18 year old in 2011-2012. He was drafted that year and spurned hi commitment to Vermont and signed his professional contract with Buffalo. The point being that Zegmus is still a very young player and has a ways to go to grow. He basically skipped college and got a year in the American League putting up pedestrian numbers of 17 points in 61 games but by all accounts was a much better player at the end of the year than the beginning., Instead of getting the change to be a top AHL player Girgensons played the entire season up in Buffalo and as a rookie managed 22 points in 70 games. Being able to up his point total in the best league in the world (granted in 8 more games) shows that Girgensons is a fast learner and even at a young age can handle the NHL. By the end of the year he was getting top line minutes under Nolan and I expect him to have a top six role all of next year. Add in his international experience and I think Girgensons is a player that has and will continue to adjust nicely to the NHL. With a full year already played I believe we will see his offensive output grow this year and see him end up in the 35-40 point range. Obviously that’s not number 1 offensive center material but as a player who is turning 21 next year whop scores almost 40 points while playing tough minutes and hitting everything that moves I’m happy with that. That shows me his can score points in this league and with better wingers and even more comfort I can see Zegmus’ ceiling as a 50-60 point second line center in the league. I still would bet he ends up in a 3rd line, shut down role on a line that can still produce but a top six role is definitely not impossible. We know he will work his fanny off to improve his game but wherever he lands it looks like we have a Buffalo fan favorite in the making.

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