It comes as no surprise that observers of the Avalanche are extremely curious as to how Gabriel Landeskog is performing. It's also relatively natural to compare his performance to his peers. Some fans are understandbly excited that Ryan Nugent Hopkins has 6 points in 4 games. Mark Scheifele has 6 points in 5 games. Mika Zibanejad has 3 goals in 5 games. Landy has 1 assist in 2 games with a +/- of 0. Time to panic.
There's no indication that preseaon statistics for rookies translates to regular season success. Matt Duchene lead all rookies in scoring in 2009 but in the preseason he amassed a paltry 1 goal and 2 assists in 6 preseason contests. Last year's Calder winner Jeff Skinner had 1 goal and 1 assist in 4 games. Logan Couture had 1 goal and 2 assists in 3 preseason games. But Michael Grabner who went on to become a Calder candidate and drop in 37 goals during the season was put on waivers from Florida after accumulating zero points and a -4 in 4 preseason games.
When it comes to rookies the statistics are just too small a sample. How a rookie performs on the ice is important during preseason. We saw plenty of evidence that Matt Duchene belonged in the NHL before the statistics supported it. Don't panic on Landeskog, Barrie nor Elliott. A stat sheet just won't tell the whole story.
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