A Look Back at the Pre-Season Guide (West 2012)

Ryan Ma




Pending release of the MidSeason Guide later this week, I thought it would be a great idea to take a look back at thePre-Season guide and see where I stand in comparison to four months ago. It's always good to take a look back atpast mistakes to help us prepare for the future. Plus it will give an insight to those who haven't seen the content of theDobberHockey guides first hand.


Andrew Cogliano – C, AnaheimThe Ducks forked out next summer's second round pick to the Oilers, then signed the speedster to a three-year $7.17 million contract. The expectations are going to be high for a career 0.45 point-per game NHLer, especially if Teemu Selanne decides to hang 'em up.

As discussed in the guide, a lot of Cogliano's success would have depended on Selanne retiring. That obviously didn't happen which is why the speedster is toiling around the 14 minutes of ice-time per contest mark, which has left me scratching my head as to why they offered him such a high priced contract in the first place? MISS on my part.


Michael Frolik – RW, ChicagoPrior to being traded to the Blackhawks last campaign, Frolik was a 0.55 point-per-game player with the Panthers. In 28 contests with Chicago, he dropped to a 0.32 point-per-gamer. The main reason could be attributed to a lack of ice-time (averaging just 15:35 per contest), so if coach Q decides to loosen the leash on the Czech-native the numbers should be more favourable.

Ho hum, it's status quo for Frolik, as he's averaging 0.27 points-per-game while garnering a worse TOI average than last year (13:58). Things probably won't change unless an injury to the Hawks' top-six occurs, which chalks up another MISS for me.


James Wisniewski – D, ColumbusIt's been a few years, (if ever), since the Jackets have had a player of Wiz's calibre running the point, which is why the Columbus offense (power-play) should be much improved this year. The injury bug has always been an area for concern, so be aware of that factor if you are going to take a leap of faith on him.

The Wiz missed the first eight contests of the season due to a reckless hit in the pre-season, but has rebounded well since his return. He was playing towards a 48-point 155 SOG pac