We’ve see approximately a third of the 2008-09 NHL season completed at this point, so it’s a good time to take a step back, break down some statistics, and see what kind of anomalies have occurred so far this season.
The following statistically abnormalities are broken down into sections based on whether they have helped, hurt, or disgusted fantasy owners so far this season.
***The following statistics are accurate as of the 1:30pm E.S.T. Thursday, December 4th, 2008***
Jeff Carter has 18 goals in 24 games this season.
Carter is on pace for 60 goals this season which is more than double his previous personal best of 29 in 2007-08. He is on also on pace to absolutely obliterate many of his previous personal records including: points (with 84), penalty minutes (with 60), powerplay goals (with 16), short handed goals (with 6), and shots on goal (with 381).
David Backes is currently second in the league among forwards in penalty minutes with 73 in 23 games.
He only trails currently suspended Sean Avery in this stat category. He’s currently averaging 3.17 penalty minutes a game (which is on pace for 257 for the year). While this total is by no means outlandish in the NHL, it is a vast increase from his previous penalty minute totals in 2007-08 (when he had 99) and 2006-07 (when he had 37). He has not broken the hundred penalty minute marker yet in his career. Taking into account his pace for 28 points, seven powerplay goals, and 116 shots on goal this season; Backes has proven to be a decent multi-category player in Roto leagues thus far this season.
Mikael Samuelsson is fourth in scoring among Red Wings this season with 21 points in 24 games.
He’s on pace for 70 points this season despite the fact that he’s never had more than 45 points in a season thus far in his seven year career. He is also on pace to set personal records in assists (with 54), penalty minutes (with 60), and shots on goal (with 253).
Nicklas Lidstrom is on pace for 50 points this season.
While 50 points is far from unacceptable for a defender, people have come to expect at least 60 points from this guy if not 70-plus. The last time he scored less than 60 points was in the 2003-04 season when he finished w