2013 Buffalo Sabres Report Cards: Nathan Gerbe
The Buffalo Sabres 2013 season began with high expectations, and ended with nothing but empty Twitter fights atop a smoldering pile of ashes. Now that we've had some time to reflect, we're here to grade every player who wore the blue and gold this season, from Adam to Weber.
#42 / Left Wing / Buffalo Sabres
July 24, 1987
2012 - Nathan Gerbe
Contract: $1.45 million cap hit through 2013-14
Report Card for 2012: 4.6
Introduction: Nathan Gerbe has been a fan favorite for a few years now mainly because of his diminutive size. He came onto the scene during the 2010-11 season after playing a total of 20 combined games from 2008-2010. During that 2010-11 season, Gerbe had 16 goals and 15 assists in 64 games. In the 104 games since that season, Gerbe hasn't been able to match that total as of yet.
In the shortened 2013 season, Gerbe registered just 5 goals and 10 points in 42 total games. Gerbe bounced around among linemates and actual lines all season.
Key Stat: Nathan Gerbe scored six of his 10 points this season at home. Of those six points scored, only one of them was a goal.
Thumbs Up: Even though Gerbe's offensive production is down over the past couple of seasons and his playing time is being diminished, people still like him. That has to count for something, right?
Thumbs Down: After having high expectations coming off the 2010-11 season in regards to his offensive production, Gerbe has mainly been relegated as a fourth line player for much of the 2013 season. He registered just 12:30 of average time on ice this season which 50 seconds lower than the last career low that came in the 2010-11 season. Gerbe's 64 shots this season was the lowest career average shots/game total he has had in his five seasons in the NHL.
Voting: Using the good old grade school system of A, B, C, D, F, with a A representing a great season, C an average season, and F a very poor season, grade Nathan Gerbe on his performance this year according to the expectations you had for him.
How would you grade Nathan Gerbe's 2013 season