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2008 Final Grade: Ben Guite

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2008 Final Grade: B

2007 Grade: B

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2007 report

2008 ITCS (aka highly unofficial) Guite game log

Season Stats: 79gp 11g 11a 22pt +1

Minutes: 1,033 (7th), EV 10:15, PP :04, PK 2:46, ATOI 13:05

1st Half: 38gp 3g 8a 11pt +4

2nd Half: 41gp 8g 3a 11pt -3

Playoffs: 10gp 1g 0a 1pt +1

Best Month: February (14gp 5g 0a 5pt +1)

Positions: C (78), LW (1)

Lines: 4th (56), 3rd (22), 1st (1)

Linemates: Guite season log

LW: McLeod (17), Smith (13), McCormick (12), Richardson (11), Hlinka (9), Parker (9), Laperriere (4), Wolski (2), Smyth (1)

C: Arnason (1)

RW: Laperriere (51), McCormick (9), Parker (9), Svatos (3), Hlinka (3), Jones (2), Hejduk (1), Cumiskey (1)

Season: Guite set career highs in just about every significant statistical category.

Report: Guite followed up his surprising rookie first-year campaign with a very solid sophomore effort. For a two-week stretch in December, the line of Guite, Lappy and Cody McCormick was an absolute spark plug for the team. He's a good penalty killer and had almost 42 more shorthanded minutes than any other Avalanche forward. His 48% effectiveness in the faceoff circle isn't terrible, but could be better. However, Guite loses some points here for getting tossed from so many draws; I don't think the NHL keeps track of that stat, but it seems like if they did he'd be among the league leaders. He was credited with 14 more hits than Ian Laperriere and was just 6 behind Jeff Finger for the overall team lead. His 66 blocks were also tops among Colorado forwards. He's a good defender and a feisty forechecker with some occasional pop in his bat. I said last year he "could put up some decent numbers under the right circumstances" and he responded with 11 goals - one more than Tyler Arnason (I just do this as a cheap ploy to get comments).

Fast Fact: Guite earned his first NHL fighting major - and first game misconduct - on February 12th when he and Anaheim's Kent Huskins squared off.

2007-2008 Salary (and Cap Number): $475,000 ($475,000)

2008-2009 Status: Guite is signed for one more season at $475,000.

Outlook: Although I'd like to see him improve in the faceoff circle, I think Guite is an excellent guy to have on our 4th line. And the fancy ‘stache he sports on occasion kicks all kinds of ass.