|Everything You Wanted to Know About: Ryan Getzlaf||Tweet|
|Written by Brent Lemon|
|Tuesday, 27 October 2009 22:36|
The Anaheim Ducks, Hockey Canada, and fantasy GMs everywhere are hoping Ryan Getzlaf is going to have a career season, so what’s with the slow start?
In Yahoo leagues he owns an impressive 6th place O-ranking and is being drafted accordingly. In fact, only two centres are being selected ahead of Getzlaf (a couple of guys who go by the names of Crosby and Malkin), so clearly poolies are expecting big things this year when its comes to the towering centre from Regina, Saskatchewan.
The problem is that, as of Wednesday the 28th of October, Getzlaf has scored exactly one goal and is ranked a very mediocore120th overall.
Many are attributing the performance to the off-season surgery Getzlaf underwent in order to repair a sports hernia. As a result of the required recovery time, he missed most of the Ducks’ pre-season games (and the entire Canadian Olympic camp).
The rest of the Ducks aren’t helping out their top centre much, either. Despite their strong finish and Shark-killing exploits of last spring, the Ducks are just 3-6-1 to start the season, and sit only one point above the basement in the Western Conference. To make matters worse, just last night they earned the infamy of giving the league-worst Toronto Maple Leafs their first victory of the season.
Getzlaf’s usual linemates of Bobby Ryan and Corry Perry (who along with their imposing centre are supposed to make up one of the most dangerous lines in the entire league), have combined for only 15 points, and are an underwhelming minus-1 thus far. Not a disaster surely, but combined with Getzlaf’s point production, this means that this “best of the best” line in hockey is averaging a pedestrian 2.3 points per game.
It’s fair to say that things aren’t working out as planned in Orange County. Experts (like Yahoo’s Matt Romig) are saying “hang in there”, but despite the recent upswing in point production, some people are wondering: will it be a season of mediocrity for Getzlaf?
Let’s take a look at Getzlaf’s previous seasons in order to establish some perspective.
Interestingly, with the exception of the 2007-08 campaign, Getzlaf owns some pretty unspectacular numbers through his first 10 games or so when compared to his end-of-season results. So he’s a slow starter.
Even more interestingly, with the exception of his rookie year, his points-per-game have dramatically improved within a month, and these late November statistics have consistently served as a much more accurate predictor of his end-of-season numbers.
Check out this quotation from this article describing week four of the NHL season,
“Frustrated Getzlaf fantasy owners were waiting patiently and wondering when Ryan [Getzlaf] would finally break out. Well, that break out happened last week [with Getzlaf] putting up 10 points (2 goals & 8 assists). As young players are prone to doing, Getzlaf might get on another cold streak. If he does that's when you will want to jump in and try to make a trade for him while his value is down.”
That article was describing last year’s week four. So Getzlaf fans have been down this road before. And last year’s faithful were rewarded with his best season yet.
If You Remember Nothing Else, Remember This
It’s worth remembering that anyone who owned (or was fortunate enough to acquire) Getzlaf by October 28th last year was rewarded with a five point night on the 29th.
So while he didn’t explain why, Romig was right. Whether you are a fantasy GM, or in charge of selecting Canada’s Men’s Olympic hockey team, when it comes to Ryan Getzlaf, “hang in there” – you’ll know what you’re going to get within a month.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 31 October 2009 10:48|