A lot of problems with your piece there that undermine its thrust. First: many of those comparable guys who don't look better than Berglund statistically are veterans. The pay scale is higher for them. They potentially bring intangibles. Justin Williams, anyone? Also, it's not too bad that 25% of those comparable players outperformed Berglund last year? What are this club's ambitions again? And that those 25% include all but two of the comparable players who aren't over 30? Another thing-Berglund isn't a center. He just isn't. He failed at that position and lost his spot to the likes of Roy, Boat and LaPierre. His failure to develop is also part of why Backes was converted to C.
So many things wrong all at once. Let's break that down a little.
The pay scale is higher for (veterans).
Yep. That's why I compared Berglund's point production to players who signed deals that bridged their RFA and UFA years.
25% of those comparable players outperformed Berglund
if so, then a back of the envelope calculation suggests that 75% didn't, though I honestly have no idea what you're talking about. I compared Berglund to 5 players. All 5 of the comparables had better 2013-14 seasons than Berglund and 4 of the 5 had lesser best seasons.
Another thing-Berglund isn't a center.
Backes took 1201 faceoffs. Sobotka took 813. Berglund took 783. Lapierre and the others took less than 600 each. If Berglund is not a center, what is he? A wing who takes a lot of faceoffs?
(Berglund's) failure to develop is also part of why Backes was converted to C.
2008-09 was Berglund's rookie year. Backes took 477 faceoffs that year and 1065 the next. Backes was being converted to center at the point Berglund joined the team.
Venturing into another post
Berglund is an NHL mediocrity.
Yep. In 2014, mediocre 26 year old centers make $3.7m or so.
I'm tired of waiting for Berglund to fulfill his potential. I'm happy to see him get moved for a real 1C.
Is his contract a bad contract? Not at all.