How Good is Vincent Lecavalier?

Vincent LecavalierDon Cherry reasserted his position on Saturday night that Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning is the best player in the NHL, currently.

On Monday, Lecavalier was named the NHL’s first star for the second week in a row.

This past week saw Lecavalier collect eight points in two games, including four goals and four assists. He tied a career high last Wednesday as the Lightning played the Carolina Hurricanes and Vinnie notched five points, including three goals and two assists in a 6-1 victory for his squad. Friday night’s 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals saw Lecavalier chip in for three points, including a goal and two assists.

Lecavalier, born in Ile Bizard, Quebec, is atop the league in points at the moment with 34 total points. He’s four points ahead of Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby. Lecavalier is tied for third overall in goals, with 14, and leads the league in assists with 20.

Often considered the complete player, Lecavalier possesses tremendous vision and creativity on the ice. He’s got ideal size at 6’4 and carries himself tremendously well. Not afraid to muck it up in the corners or drop the gloves, Lecavalier has found a way to utilize his size to maximize productivity. He also has excellent hand-eye coordination and awe-inspiring instincts.

With all of this going for him and obvious statistical accolades piling up, it’s hard to imagine that some scouts still consider Vincent Lecavalier to have not met his potential. In fact, some hockey pundits claim that Vinnie has a lot left to prove and will eclipse his current rate of production by a considerable margin. If that’s the case and the scouting reports are correct, we could be in for a treat of epic proportions from this young French Canadian hockey player. Time will tell as to how good Vincent Lecavalier actually is, but currently, time is telling us he’s pretty damn good.

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