One doesn't need advanced stats to figure out that 19 yr. old rookie forward Zemgus Girgensons is a hockey player.
On the stat-sheet, this goal he scored against the Montreal Canadians merely shows up in the goal column:
But that is more than a stat, it's a heart and soul goal.
Then there's this illegal hit to the head by Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen for which Cowen received a two-game suspension:
Girgensons didn't even hit the ice. In fact he fixed his helmet and headed towards the offender.
Unfazed, he eventually netted the shootout winner, looking like a 15-year veteran sniper.
That, my friends, is a hockey player.
Stats have their place in the world, but in cases of hockey players like Girgensons or players like Mike Richards, Chris Drury or Michael Peca, stats don't do them proper justice.
Stats? They don' need no stinkin' stats.
"It's hockey," said Girgensons after hearing of Cowen's suspension, "we play the game and whatever, happens."
Thx to Foligno, SomeHockeyVideos and LVhighlights for their YouTube clips.
For more links to Girgensons, visit my previous piece A matter of skill and will.