Forget Me Not (West 2010)

Ryan Ma

2010-08-17

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Following the same footsteps as last year, here's a list of some of the Western Conference underachieving veterans from last season. Many of them underachieved or were simply injured which resulted in them churning out horrible overall numbers for 2009-10. Those low numbers could lead them to be undervalued, so make sure you make a mental note of these players and don't fall into the trap of undervaluing them like some of your competitors might on draft day.

 

Teemu Selanne Ana
Selanne made the right choice in re-upping with the Ducks for another season, as he showed that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. His 48 points overall probably won't send a message that screams out "pick me, pick me!", but considering he posted that in 54 contests certainly makes it a notable feat. Best case scenario he lines up alongside stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, worst case scenario he lines up with Saku Koivu and Joffrey Lupul, Jason Blake or even Paul Kariya and that's not a bad place to be in at all. Definitely don't forget him come draft day.

 

Lubomir Visnovsky Ana

Lubo posted 45 points between the Oilers and the Ducks last season, which will probably still rank pretty high in many pre-draft lists for the upcoming season. The fact that he pretty much has the full reigns on the number one power-play QB slot locked, and that his main competition is Toni Lydman, Luca Sbisa, or a rookie named Cam Fowler, sounds like a prime opportunity to post huge numbers to me.

Joffrey Lupul Ana

Lupul had big expectations heading into last season, but it all became unravelled 23 games into the season when he packed it in because of a back injury. There hasn't been a lot of information regarding his current status, which makes him a huge boom or bust candidate. If you are willing to take the gamble, you could be in for huge rewards, but I wouldn't blame you if you were to shy away as well.

 

Alex Tanguay Cal
Tanguay's dismal 37-point season is probably one that he would love to forget, but will certainly linger in many poolies minds come September. The last time that he suited up in a Flames uniform he did post 58 points and 121 SOG. Last season's 11 percent shooting percentage was the first time in his 10-year NHL career that it was under the 14.4 percent mark, so there's definitely a couple of positives that you should probably make note of heading into your drafts. I wouldn't invest too highly on Tanguay but if you're running late into your draft and find that he's still on the board, maybe take a flier since you don't really have anything to l