Kriss Kross

 

I do not know who to quote; Van Halen, Kriss Kross, or the House of Pain. There are several players in the NHL who made a big “Jump” this season. In terms of fantasy, these are the types of players that everyone wants to draft or pick up.

 

 

    LY TY Inc

Other

Vanek Buf 48 74 26  
Pominville Buf 30 62 32  
Frolov LA 54 69 15 13 more goals
Blake NYI 57 65 8 10 more goals
Huselius Cgy 39 74 35  
Cammalleri LA 55 73 18  
Whitney Car 55 78 23  

 

We all know Buffalo is having a fantastic season. Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville are just two guys among many on their roster that have turned-up their game this season. Speed, skill, and hard work are certainly an integral part of Buffalo’s game. Will both of these guys keep it up next season or will they be one-hit-wonders? Vanek is talented; he will likely repeat his performance. As for Pominville, his likelihood of repeating these stats rely heavily on whether his line mate, Daniel Briere returns to Buffalo. Briere will be a free agent. Many have rumored Philadelphia to be a possible destination for him.

Alexander Frolov and Michael Cammalleri both play on the Kings. While the Kings this season did not do so well, they do have a bunch of offensive minded talent that includes; Anze Kopitar, Patrick O’Sullivan, Lubomir Visnovsky, and Rob Blake. Next season they will be more experienced and should continue to develop.

Like many of these guys, Jason Blake has speed and he hustles. It is impressive to see his goal-total jump especially considering his number one center and line mate Alexei Yashin was injured for many games. If Blake had a consistent, great passing center like Joe Thornton, he could put up very high numbers.

At +35, Huselius has to be the most improved player in the league. How many people saw that coming? It is great news for Calgary and his teammates. Expect him to play a strong, consistent game next season.

In Carolina, Ray Whitney has several talented forwards to play with. Do not be surprised if Whitney’s numbers jump a little bit higher next season.

Do some of these old guys still have game? Compare last season to this season:

Player                         2005-2006    pts/game            2006-2007*     pts/game        

Teemu Selanne            40g, 50a        1.125                 44g, 42a             1.131

 

Jaromir Jagr                54g, 69a        1.5                     26g, 61a             1.129

 

Joe Sakic                   32g, 55a        1.060                 34g, 56a             1.18

 

Brendan Shanahan      40g, 41a        .987                   28g, 31a             .951

 

Rod Brind’Amour       31g, 39a       .897                    23g, 52a            1.041

 

Mats Sundin                31g, 47a       1.114                  27g, 41a             .985

 

 

 


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