September 18, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes right wing Alexander Semin (28) looks on before the start of the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at PNC Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Hurricanes 5-4. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Semin Is Becoming A Big Problem For The Carolina Hurricanes

Alexander Semin has been a growing concern for the Carolina Hurricanes. Statistically, he is off to his worst season in the NHL since his rookie season in the 2003-2004 season with the Washington Capitals.

Alex Semin has struggled to get any kind of offensive consistency together this season. His shooting percentage is at 6.5%. His shooting percentage last season was 8.7%, and people were complaining about how he wasn’t scoring enough.

March 16, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Alexander Semin (28) sits on the bench against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Tampa Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Semin has 67 missed shots. That stat leads the Carolina Hurricanes. Manny Malhotra has played the same amount of games as Alex Semin, and he has only missed 9 shots. They are complete different players, so that is not a fair comparison, but 67 missed shots is a whole lot. He ranks second on the Carolina Hurricanes in shots blocked with 72. Justin Faulk leads the team with 75.

Alex Semin has 100 shots on net, but he has a combined 139 shots that have either been blocked or shot wide. Jeff Skinner has 130 shots on net this year with a combined 107 shots that have either been blocked or sent wide. Jeff Skinner also has a shooting percentage of 9.6%. Jeff Skinner has shot the puck more than Alex Semin this year, and he has been much more efficient with those shots.

Looking at those stats, it appears that the source of Alex Semin’s problems is getting pucks on net. He has had a lot of trouble getting pucks to the net, and he typically shoots pucks wide or right into the shin pads of opposing defense-men.

Another thing that Alex Semin struggles with, that is not indicated by stats, is whiffing on shots. He has a knack for getting in an open area to shoot the puck, but then he completely whiffs and shoots air, leaving the puck behind. That could just be because he is not keeping his eye on the puck, or it could be a mental thing for Alex Semin.

Alex Semin does not seem confident. He looks like a shell of his former self. I don’t know what it could take to get him out of this slump. He has been moved up and down the lineup, and he just can’t find success with anyone.

It hasn’t been all bad for Alex Semin this season. He has shown signs of hope every now and then. He scored a big, game-winning goal in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens that capped a big comeback win for the Carolina Hurricanes on New Year’s Eve, but 18 points (6 goals, 12 assists) in 34 games is unacceptable from a player being paid $7 million a year for long term.

I think it is time to start worrying about Alex Semin. He has been struggling, and he does not show any sign of breaking out of his current slump.


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