I'm not here to argue that because its true but there might be something that explains Lecavalier's somewhat drastic offensive decrease from his 52 goal, 56 assist season in 2006-07. He's not shooting as much. While it might seem obvious but thats the only major difference.
I don't want to get into a Corsi discussion but let's take a look at his numbers.
Lecavalier scored 52 goals in 2006-07 taking 339 shots in 82 games. He has a career high 15.1% shooting percentage and averaged 4.1 shots per game. It seems simple - more shots, more chances to score.
To look at a more average year for the 33-year old. Lecavalier scored 25 goals in 2010-11 taking 210 shots in 65 games. His shooting percentage of 11.9% that year falls right in line with his career average of 12.1% but he averaged only 3.2 shots per game.
In the lockout shortened 2013 season, he scored 10 goals on 86 shots in 39 games. Lecavalier posted a shooting percentage of 11.6% but only averaged 2.2 shots per game. nearly two fewer shots per game in 2013 compared to his 52-goal season in 2006-07.
Now, there are a number of factors that play a role in Lecavalier's reduced shots. Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos joined the team in 2008 which reduced Lecavalier's shots but he's also been injured off and on the past few seasons.
Luckily for the former-Lightning captain, the Flyers are not full of sniper. Actually, quite the opposite. Claude Giroux led the Flyers in shots last season with 137 and it is largely thought that the Flyers' captain doesn't shoot the puck enough.
Lecavalier has the potential to return to the elite scoring prowess he has shown in the past if he will just shoot the puck. The 52-goal season might not be an option but a solid 30+ goal season isn't out the question.
In his five games with the Flyers, he is averaging exactly 2.2 shots per game. If Lecavalier wants to shoot more, the opportunities are there for him unless the Flyers make a move to add another sniper.
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