The last remaining member of the CBGB line, Stephen Gionta had a rough season. Gionta did play in all 82 games, which is an accomplishment. Besides that, his numbers weren’t anything special. He has never been much of a goal scorer or point producer, primarily being a 4th liner and penalty kill person. Let’s take a look at a Baby Gio’s season below.
|5v5 TOI||5v5 Goals||5v5 Assists||5v5 Points||5v5 G60||5v5 A60||5v5 P60||5v5 Pen D||5v5 CF%||5v5 CF% Rel||5v5 SH%||ZSO% Rel|
|5v4 TOI||5v4 Goals||5v4 Assists||5v4 Points||5v4 G60||5v4 A60||5v4 P60||5v4 Pen D||5v4 CF%||5v4 CF% Rel||5v4 SH%||ZSO% Rel|
|4v5 TOI||4v5 Goals||4v5 Assists||4v5 Points||4v5 G60||4v5 A60||4v5 P60||4v5 Pen D||4v5 CF%||4v5 CF% Rel||4v5 SH%||4v5 ZSO% Rel|
All Situations Numbers
|All TOI||All Goals||All Assists||All Points||All G60||All A60||All P60||All Pen D||All CF%||All CF% Rel||All SH%||All ZSO% Rel|
As you can see, not the best year for Gionta when it came to points. He barely got an power play time, and rightfully so. Gionta doesn’t score enough to warrant any PP time. He does play a decent amount on the penalty kill, as he was one of the Devils go to forwards. His possession numbers weren’t anything but special, but he wasn’t getting favorable zone starts. Still, the team was better when he was off the ice.
His 5v5 points totals weren’t good. He scored 1 goal this year. He had 9 assists. He ended the war with 10 5v5 points. For a team starved for scoring, 1 goal from a depth forward isn’t enough. One last thing I want to look at is his all situations penalty differential. He took 17 more penalties than he drew this year. That’s horrible. You can’t have that from your depth players.
Season Grade: D
Gionta wasn’t great this year. The one thing that saves his grade is his time on the penalty kill. He puts his time in on the penalty kill and does what he can to help. The rest of his season wasn’t good enough to get above a D, though. He doesn’t produce, and the penalty differential was bad. I think this season might have been his last with the Devils. His contract is up, and I don’t think they should re-sign him. Gionta gave us fun times when he was a part of the CBGB line, and I can’t think him enough for what he did during that 2012 run, but that’s in the past. It’s time for the Devils to give his spot to a younger player, and hopefully that’s what they do.
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