PJ Axelsson's overrated offensive ability

I have been reading alot about Axelsson to Ottawa rumours or dreams because he would play well with Alfredsson and because he is an underrated offensive player, but is that actually true?I have no idea why people seem to think that Axelsson would play well with Alfredsson… is it because their names rhyme or because they are both swedish? Well it certainly is not because Axelsson is an underrated offensive player. Here are his career stats and his best and worst stastical years in the NHL:

career 655 84 146 230 -39 245
best 66 17 19 36 +8 24
worst 77 7 10 17 -14 38

For full stats check out http://www.nhlpa.com/WebStats/PlayerBiography.asp?ID=174

He has never scored 20 goals, never gotten 40 points. He would not play well with Alfie, he does not have the offensive ability.

Futhurmore, he has missed 64 games due to injury in the past 3 years, an average of more then 21 a season. Forsberg being injury riddled is one thing, cause he can make something happen when he’s healthy, not so with Axelsson.

The one thing Axelsson is recognized as is him being good defensive forward, despite his -39 mark over his career. However the sens are already stacked with forward penalty killers such as Fisher, Vermette, Kelly, McAmmond, Donovan and Alfie… all of which, except Alfie and Fisher make less then the 1.8 mil Axelsson makes.

What’s more, his playoff performance (36GP, 4G, 2A, 6TP, 20PIMs, -6) are very unflattering and worisome for a team that is looking for a deep playoff push.

All of this said, Axelsson is a good, usefull defensive forward, BUT he would NOT play well with Alfie despite the swedish connection and at 1.8 million dollars, + what they would have to trade to get him, he is too expensieve for the Sens.


10 Responses to PJ Axelsson's overrated offensive ability

  1. leafy says:

    A valid point and maybe that's why Boston is shopping him.

    But he's still a useful 2-way player, playing a strong defensive game with an impeccable work ethic.

  2. habsrock99 says:

    If Ottawa is going to win it all this year, they need ONE thing and that ONE thing isn't PJ Axelsson. Don't get me wrong, Axelsson's a great defensive player who's only offence usually comes short-handed or during a bad line change. His talent though, is better suited for a team looking for defensive help (IE. Toronto) not an ofensive machine like Ottawa. Plus, like you said, the Sens already have several players that provide the same type of defensive and offensive punch on the team and it would be a waste to pick up yet another minimal offence, high defence player.

    Now, that ONE thing Ottawa's missing, which I mentioned to start off, is another Top 6 Forward. Somebody like Marian Hossa, Alex Frolov or Jaromir Jagr could easily fill that role. They just need some scoring outside of Alfie-Spezza-Heatley, because, as witnessed last year, if you shut these 3 down, the Sens don't have a consistent scoring punch to beat you with outside of them. I know Hossa's play-off inconsistency would make you not want to get him but something as little as the knowing that Hossa can score at will, would decrease the pressure off that top line, and would open up oppurtunities for them. But, ultimately, what they should be looking for is an Alex Frolov because he's young and comes at a relatively low price tag (2.9 million Cap Hit over the next 3 years including this one).

  3. senators101 says:

    Thank you! Finally a Sens fan that agrees.  That guy wont offer us anything special.  If we want extra players, beyond a high quality centreman for Forsberg, we need big bodies that will give the top 2 lines even more space.  Enter, Nikita Alexeev.  He'll probably take a cap hit of 400,000 come january.  He's surprisingly quick, so he'll be able to keep up, and he's a monster.

  4. Bruins24 says:

    i agree that axelsson would not play with alfie if he did end up with the sens but he has no place in Boston anymore they have a better version of him in Peter Schaffer. He seems out of place in Boston with Claude as coach he's played on the bruins 4th line and getting no minutes in Boston he'll prolly be shipped by the deadline to a team looking to add depth Boston should try to get a defenceman in return cause that's what they need

  5. jimbob says:

    You guys seem to forget that the line of pahlsson, axelsson, and alfredsson was huge in the lockout, when frolunda won the SEL championship (and all were top scorers in the playoffs).  It was also an integral part of the Olympic gold medal run.  Alfredsson and Axelsson have amazing chemistry with each other, but…
    He is at a cost of 1.8 million.  Normally, this would be a bargain, but the sens are chalk full of people in that price range.  When Mccammond comes back, you will have to send someone down…foligno most pbly.  Who will you send down if you get axelsson?  Eaves?  Mcgrattan on waivers?(where he will almost definately be picked up)  Not to mention Murray seems to be more attuned to bigger, stronger forwards.
    Spezza will likely command a 7 mil salary, and if Forsberg is signed(rumored he wants a 3 year deal), then how can you re sign Meszaros, Eaves, Kelly and Vermette?
    It doesnt make sense, at least not yet.  Maybe when Axelsson becomes a UFA, signing with Ottawa will make sense.

  6. wingerxxx says:

    This article is a little needless.  This is the first I'm hearing of Axelsson being an overrated offensive player.  Who exactly is saying this?  You pay guys like Axelsson to check or shadow opposing players, which is something he is excellent at. 

    His mediocre career plus minus rating is more indicative of some of the lousy Bruins teams he has played for.  The plus minus rating overall, is a very iffy indicator of a player's defensive prowess. 

    Another thing, is that chemistry is a really funny thing.  You NEVER know who is going to play well with who in this league.  Remember when Jaromir Jagr turned Kip Miller and Jan Hrdina into first line players?  This kind of thing happens all the time.  Or Andreas Dackell playing with Alex Yashin and Shawn McEachern.  I don't think the Sens really need Axelsson, but guys like him never really hurt a team. 

  7. cartino says:

    I agree the sens don’t need PJ!! we have enough solid defensive 2 way players. All Ottawa needs is another top6 forward and I would say preferably a center thus you could have spezza+Heatley on one line and Alfie and whoever they obtain on line#2.

    Best solution would be to try as hard as possible to win the Peter Forsberg sweepstakes as he can be signed instead of having to make a trade, although the recent signing of Robitaille has eroded some of our limited cap space.

    Otherwise we ultimately have to trade for a prominent player which will no doubt be a first round pick and we won’t give it up (Especially with a strong draft coming up).

  8. mojo19 says:

    Yeah, I'm surprised he hasn't put up better numbers than that. Whenever he plays he's a force out there, he's always in the play, breaking things up, he's an awesome player regardless of the stats I think he'd be an assett to Ottawa if they didn't have to give up much and make them that much tougher to play against.

  9. Asquaredx2 says:

    Schaefer is a better offensive player, but he has no work-ethic whatsoever and is nowhere near as good defensively.
     I would take Axelsson over him in a heartbeat.

  10. Asquaredx2 says:

    I want Axelsson because he's one of the premier shutdown, Sami Phalsson/John Madden guys in the league. Hypothetically, if the Sens and Pens met up in the playoffs, everytime Crosby stepped onto the ice, he'd see Volchenkov, Phillips, Fisher, Kelly and Axelsson staring him down. He wouldn't have enough room to breathe.

    Secondary scoring is priority #1 as long as we finally put Schubert as a full-time defenceman, but I would LOVE to see PJ Axelsson in a Sens uni, no question.

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