Crystal Ball Flashback

Dobber Sports

2009-04-09

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Now that the season is all but over, I thought it would be fun to go back and look over my draft list and see how my predictions fared. I’ll warn you now; my predictions tend to fall on the conservative side. Below is a cross-section of players from the Eastern Conference that I was wrong about in my forecasting:

 

The Good

These guys exceeded my expectations:

Slava Kozlov

My 08/09 Prediction:  50 points
Should Finish With:  75 points
Prognosis For Next Year:  I’ll admit I thought he was done.  Prior to last season’s 41 points, Kozlov did record seasons of 80 and 71 points.  He will be 37-years-old next season, so don’t expect more than 60 points in what could be his final season.

Todd White

My 08/09 Prediction:  40 points
Should Finish With:  73 points
Prognosis For Next Year:  It’s unusual for players to have career years at 33 years of age. It’s even more unusual for them to repeat that feat. He’ll be lucky to hit 50 points next season, but if you can draft him with other 50 point players, he might be worth a late round pick.

Phil Kessel

My 08/09 Prediction:  50 points
Should Finish With:  57 points
Prognosis For Next Year:  Pro-rates to a 66 point season.  Kessel gets 40 goals and 65 points next year. Book it.

David Krejci

My 08/09 Prediction:  45 points
Should Finish With:  74 points
Prognosis For Next Year:  If you say you predicted his points surge this season you are either a liar or a Krejci family member.  He was a prolific scorer in junior and his puck skills are for real.  I have no difficulty saying he’ll hit at least 65 points next season.

Zach Parise

My 08/09 Prediction:  75 points
Should Finish With:  95 points
Prognosis For Next Year:  This year Parise had a breakout year in his fourth season at 24-years-of-age. After consecutive seasons of 62 and 65 points, Parise may have hit very close to his ceiling this season.  Look for a slight drop to around 85 points.

Patrik Elias

My 08/09 Prediction:  60 points
Should Finish With:  80 points
Prognosis For Next Year:  After two consecutive seasons of 69 and 55 points, Elias is having a bounce back season.  The soon to b 33-year-old still has four years left on his contract. I only see 70 points next year.

Jamie Langenbrunner

My 08/09 Prediction:  50 points
Should Finish With:  70 points
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