The Stanley Cup Final is over, so I guess it’s time to finish off the final part of this series. We’ll do a quick assessment of the Red Wing players with fantasy significance and take a look at what could be in store for them next season following their valiant loss to the Penguins in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final.
Johan Franzen – Franzen continues to impress during the playoffs as he picked up back-to-back seasons of point-per-game performance during the post-season. He finished with 23 points in 23 games along with three game-winning goals to share the team-lead with Dan Cleary in that department. Franzen seems to be a band-aid boy as he averaged just over 70 games played in the last three seasons, which will certainly cause his overall point totals to drop. A lot of point production for next season will hinge on whether or not Marian Hossa decides to return to Detroit. If Hossa doesn’t look for Franzen to be up around the 75-80 point mark, if he does ear mark Franzen for 60-65.
Henrik Zetterberg- There wasn’t really any holes that you can poke at during Zetterberg’s playoff performance. He finished with 24 points, which placed him third overall behind the Pittsburgh duo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. He was a plus 13 overall while averaging 3.57 SOG per contest. Zetterberg had a bit of a down year, when he picked up only 73 points during the regular season, so look for him to be back towards the 85-90 point mark next season.
Niklas Lidstrom – Similarly to Zetterberg there wasn’t really any holes that you find in Lidstrom’s playoff performance. He finished with 16 points in 21 contests, which is certainly a commendable effort considering he was playing through an injury in his “man area” during the playoffs. Although Mike Green probably has claimed the top dog moniker for fantasy defenseman in pools, Lidstrom should be noted as the most consistent. Once again look for a line of 60 points, a plus 35 rating, 36 PIMs, four GWGs, and 200 SOG from Lidstrom next season.
Valtteri Filppula – Filppula had a great post-season while finished tied for third in Red Wings scoring with 16 points. What’s interesting is that he picked up all of his scoring while averaging almost five minutes of ice-time less than Zetterberg. Heals