Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Will Chris Drury Score This Season?

Chris Drury is in the longest goal drought of his career, even longer than any drought that he had last year, which was deemed the worst season of his career to date. We're now 60% of the way through the 2010-11 NHL season (Drury has played only 22 games due to a hand injury to start the season) and Captain Chris Drury has yet to score a goal.

Through 22 games he has just 4 assists. Let's put that into prospective. Remember Derek Boogaard, the heavyweight that was brought to New York for one thing and one thing only? Well, even he had a goal (and an assist) in 22 games this season before getting injured.

Drury's defenders will point to the fact that Drury is an excellent all around player, who had a career offensive year the season before signing with the Rangers but prior to that was known around the league as a two-way player. I'll give you that, even if Drury isn't expected to put up the type of offensive numbers that his salary would lead you to believe he is expected to put up, don't you think he should have at least one goal by now?

All season the Rangers have had a crazy amount of injuries and at times during the past six weeks the roster has looked more like the Connecticut Whale than the New York Rangers. The majority of the injuries have been to forwards; Callahan, Prospal, Dubinsky, Fedotenko, Christensen and Boogaard. It was then more than ever that the Captain needed to step up and put some pucks in the back of the net. Instead it was the young players such as Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello and Artem Anisimov and role players like Brandon Prust and Brian Boyle who stepped it up.

The truth is that now more than ever Drury is living up to the nickname I coined him with almost two years ago -- Captain Invisible. When the injured forwards are ready to return to the lineup, look no further than the captain when it's time for Tortorella to decide exactly who should be in the press box.

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