Gio is 7th on the team for SOG. But you didn't mean SOG now did you? You meant some other stat that combines SOG and others to make some composite stat that you use to justify your argument. And if you had your way, we wouldn't have a point in the standings today.
7th in SOG, or another way of saying that, there are only 2 forwards that played as many games that he had more shots than, Bernier and Josefson.
I think him averaging a little over 1 shot a game is probably a reasonable number for him, but it's also not exactly a point in his favor of strong play.
No one is trying to argue that Gio is some underrated elite player. The premise of this whole thread is "he is killing this team" when it's obvious he is not unless you rely on arbitrary stats. His is contributing the way you would hope your marginal players would. The fact that he is on the 3rd line for the Devils is a testament to our lack of depth not his qualifications as an NHL regular.
I don't know that he's killing the team, I agree, but I may be comfortable saying his play hasn't been that good and he's benefited from some decent luck so far. I expect him to be an average or below average 4th line type guy, so he's probably meeting my expectations. It's his time playing against better players that is really killing him.