Originally Posted by metaldude26
Yeah, I'm with the crowd on this one. Excellent effort. Your research was extensive and it shows, I just feel like this one was a bit of a reach. Can Getzlaf be a mini (and by mini I of course mean a physically larger but proverbially smaller) version of the disappointment that is Scott Gomez.
The big thing for me is that physical factor. Getzlaf is way bigger and will be able to use his size/strength advantage to continue doing what he does best even late into his career. Now can injuries derail him? Absolutely, but thinking that Getzlaf is going to just fall off for the same reasons as Gomez seem to be a stretch.
But let's not sell this Getzlaf gets hurt a lot thing short. At a certain point playing such a rough and tumble game will catch up to you. So what if he's never had a reoccurring injury thus far. If he keeps getting different injuries it's probably because he puts himself in the line of fire more than most and maybe, just maybe his genetics predispose him to getting hurt more or responding less well to pain. Or maybe he's just had a tough run in what will be an otherwise injury-free career. I'm not ruling anything out with Getzlaf because he's shown us a little bit of everything.
NOW, if we really want to pick a Scott Gomez 2.0 then how about Mike Richards?
I dunno I think his injury status is a bit of an exaggeration. He doesn't really get hurt "a lot" and when he did get hurt it wasn't "knick-knack" injuries... In the last 4 years he's really been only hurt twice... 09-10, he had a serious ankle sprain and caused him to miss 16 games and possibly the Olympics... Once again, I don't know if I'd classify that as a BAB injury, or a serious one. The second in 10-11, he decided to play frisbee with a puck like a dog and catch with his face instead of hands after taking a shot from Shane Doan. That shattered his orbital bone and caused sinus fractures. Once again I wouldn't classify that as a BAB injury, more of a freak accident than a BAB injury...