The first round of the Western Conference playoffs is over as another two Western Conference teams were ousted in two very entertaining six games series. Similar to last week we’ll do a quick assessment of their players with fantasy significance and take a look at what could be in store for them next season.
Eric Nystrom – If I predicted that Nystrom would out-score Micheal Cammalleri during the first round series with the Blackhawks, I think many of you would have already tuned out. Well guess what that happened? Nystrom ended up with four points compared to just three for Cammy. Nystrom has never really had a full-time shot at the NHL level, but with his solid outing this post-season, could possibly be in line for a top-six role with the Flames next season. Look for him to tally a very quiet 50 points next season.
Olli Jokinen – There are a lot of naysayers about Jokinen’s motivation at times, but he certainly displayed plenty of confidence in their first round defeat against the Blackhawks. He led the Flames in overall scoring as well as shots on goal, and probably could have racked up more points if it wasn’t for the solid play of Nikolai Khabibulin. With a full-time gig alongside Jarome Iginla next season, look for him to once again make a run at the century-point mark.
David Moss – Moss actually led the Flames in goals scored with three during the opening round series. For a 575k player to be outscoring players, who are making 12 times his salary, certainly is indicative of how the series went for the Flames. Moss spent most of his time this season on the third line alongside Craig Conroy and Curtis Glencross, but with the departure of a few top-six forwards, Moss and Nystrom could find themselves in top-six roles next season. Look for Moss to also be a sleeper candidate for 50 points next season.
Jarome Iginla – Probably expected more from the best offensive player on the Flames’ squad, but he was pretty much locked down by Duncan Keith and co. throughout the series. The Flames’ captain experienced another first round exit, and at the age of 32, time isn’t going to be Iggy’s friend. Look for him to once again once again reach the point-per-game mark, but I wouldn’t expect anything more than that.
Adrian Aucoin – Aucoin scored a few timely goals for the Flames this post-season, which is why I awarded him a three star performance. He fi