Thursday, August 28, 2008

28 profiles in 28 days....The Scoring Winger (Who Isn't Hossa)

Welcome back to TST's 28 profiles in 28 days. Here's the backstories of players previously profiled:
Kris Beech....The Unwanted One
Matt Cooke...The New Ruu
Sidney Crosby....The Chosen One
Pascal Dupuis….The Iceman
Ruslan Fedotenko….The Battletank
Eric Godard....The Goon
Tyler Kennedy....The Sparkplug
Evgeni Malkin....The Showstopper
Janne Pesonen...The Finnish Wildcard

Player Name: Miroslav Satan
How Acquired: Signed as a free agent 7/08
Position: Left/Right Wing
Age: Turns 34 on October 22
Contact Situation: Signed thru 2008-09 season, $3,500,000

Last Season Stats: (New York Islanders) 80 games played, 16 goals, 25 assists = 41 points
Last Season Write-up: Last season with the Isles Satan revealed that he played through an injury that he didn't disclose, he didn't want to miss time. So that shows he's tough and willing to play through the pain. He only scored 16 goals, which might be alarming but consider his woeful teammates (Mike Comrie led the Isles with 49 points last season...Sidney Crosby had 48 assists last year, and he only played 53 games!). Don't read too much into the lack of production by Satan, it was a year to forget on a team to forget.
Career Year Stats: (2002-03 with Buffalo) 79 gp, 26g, 49a =75 points

Player progressing, in prime or regressing: Probably in his prime, maybe starting towards the downhill portion of his career
Potential line-mates: Crosby, his old buddy Ruslan Fedotenko, Evgeni Malkin, Petr Sykora
"Best case scenario" stats: 82 games played 40 goals, 45 assists, 85 points...Satan could be the skilled winger Crosby's never had for a full season
Notes: Satan is a nine time 25+ goal scorer, he's got nice hands....On his team profile he's listed at 6'3 which is significantly taller than our memory serves. Satan, at almost 34, seems like he should be older than he is since he's been around forever (1995). Satan, like Sykora, contacted the Penguins and wanted to be on this team; that is a good sign to bring in guys that really want to be a part of this. Everyone talks about Marian Hossa and to be sure he has skill to spare but don't forget for the most of Crosby's career his linemates have still been guys like Colby Armstrong and Old Man Recchi. He hasn't had a full year with a slick, skilled winger winger like Satan. On a one year deal, Satan might be a short-term option for the Pens, but that's the cap world we live in. When your core is locked up it takes a large chunk of the cap to keep the guys like Crosby and Malkin...It's going to take creative short-term signings like Sykora and Satan to round out the lineup with talent to play with the big guns.
Interesting fact: From 1998-99 through the 2002-03 season, Satan was the leading scorer at the end of each season for the Buffalo Sabres.

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