Mid to End Season Analysis Part 3

Jim Gunther

2007-06-22

 Radulov

Just before the midway point of the 2006-2007 NHL season, Dobberhockey.com staff helped contribute towards the Midseason Guide. Besides insider tips, trade rumors, prospect information and more, there was a breakdown of the player’s current pace as well the projected totals. Now that the 2006-2007 NHL season is over we can tally the stats and compare which players performed above or below their midseason pace.

 

Los Angeles
There is no doubt that this young team will turn things around with all of their talent. Alexander Frolov proved the first half of the season was no fluke. He finished above his mid season pace registering a balanced 35 goals and 36 assists. Anze Kopitar slowed down the second half of the season (-9 points off of his mid season pace). Kopitar does have talent and will continue to develop and get better. The biggest difference maker was Mike Cammalleri. He had a very strong second half finishing with 80 points, that’s +16 points above his mid season pace. Cammalleri will be among the top scoring centers next season.

Minnesota
Brian Rolston had a fantastic start, as did his team. As the second half of the season rolled on, Rolston slowed down. He finished 9 points off his mid season pace. Pavol Demitra and Marian Gaborik clicked very well the second half of the season. Both finished slightly above pace. Despite health concerns, Gaborik finished with 57 points in 48 games. While Petteri Nummelin finished -10 points off of his midseason pace, one must consider that he played 31 less games than projected. If healthy for a full season, he could reach 40 points.

Montreal
Of Montreal’s top 10 scorers at mid season, only one of them finished above pace (Michael Ryder: 2 points above pace). There are two noteworthy individuals however; center Tomas Plekanec finished with 47 points (+21 points over his mid season pace of 26 points). Plekanec role was increased with the injury to Chris Higgins. When Higgins did return, he was not scoring at the pace he was prior to the injury. Higgins however, does have some dark-horse potential. The other standout was Andrei Kostitsyn. This youngster scored 11 points in 22 games. He has proven himself to be a solid scorer in the AHL and has the potential to score more than the touted Guillaume Latendresse.

Nashville
While Alexander Radulov finished with 37 points (-9 points off his mid season pace), there is no doubt that he will be a scoring threat soon. It almost seems as if Nashville never maximized Radulov’s potential until the playoffs. While Steve Sullivan finished with more than a point per game, he only played 57 games. At mid season he was on pace to score 89 points. Sullivan has played 14 seasons in the NHL; only in 2 of those seasons, has he played more than 80 games. He is a band aid boy with major up swing potential. Shea Weber and Ryan Suter should benefit from the recent departure of Kimmo Timonen. Look for them to produce even more next season, especially Weber.

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