Forensics – Viktor Stalberg

Michael Amato

2012-02-14

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The lowdown on – Viktor Stalberg – If I had a nickel for every Toronto Maple Leafs cast-off that started to blossom for another team, well I'd have a lot of nickels. Viktor Stalberg is one of those players now starting to emerge for the Chicago Blackhawks. After finishing with just 24 points last season, Stalberg is on pace to post 48 this season.

 

Name

Pos

Age

Yrs

Team

GR

GP

Pnts

Pace

STALBERG,VIKTOR

L

26

2

CHI

26

53

31

48

 

One reason for the improved play of the Swedish left winger is his willingness to shoot the puck more. Last season he posted 135 shots, and this year he already has 131 with two months still left to play. A big part of that is Stalberg finally gaining more confidence and belief in his abilities as an NHL regular.

 

Stalberg has also found a way to be more consistent while putting together several hot streaks this season.  Check out his points and goals charts from this year compared to last year.

 

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You can see this year he has had point streaks of four and five games. While last season he never had more than a two game run. He also had just one multi-point game last season and this year has already accumulated seven. Streakiness is great for weekly head to head showdowns as sometimes one player can win you a week almost single-handedly.

 

Playing with good players hasn't hurt Stalberg's production either.  So as much as he deserves credit for upping his game, he has had the benefit of getting ice-time with that great core of Blackhawk forwards.  Have a look at who he played with last year compared to this year.

 

2010-11

Frequency

Strength

Line Combination

21.66%

EV

88 KANE,PATRICK – 25 STALBERG,VIKTOR – 19 TOEWS,JONATHAN