Lately I have been revisiting players covered over the summer of 2017 one by one and that can easily get redundant, so let’s group some of the remainders together in this article. For the most part each and every player I featured went on to do what was predicted and produce status quo or career years (Vincent Trocheck, Brayden Schenn). Whilst I cannot say I got it right with everyone, especially Oscar Klefbom, I will say my intuition was on point coming into 2017-18. Let’s start it off with a forward who found himself shipped out west unexpectedly only to put forth a monstrous fantasy campaign. Links to the articles from the summer are beneath each name.
FPF Article on Schenn
With Jori Lehtera being the only roster ready player in return, the Philadelphia Flyers Ron Hextall can only take solace in Claude Giroux’s 100-point campaign to forget about dealing away Brayden Schenn. A year after locking him up to a lucrative extension, out of nowhere the Flyers dealt the center in exchange for potential in first-round picks. Only 26 years of age, Schenn went on to post a 70-point season (28 G, 42A) along with 660 FOW, 56 PIM. 210 SOG, 154 HIT, and 8 GWG while averaging well over 19 minutes per night. As expected, Schenn found himself riding shotgun with sniper Vladimir Tarasenko and the highly underrated Jaden Schwartz. Seeing them with frequency at even strength directly correlates to the career season but unlike last season in Philadelphia where 28 of his 55 points came on the man advantage, only 19 of the 70 weren’t even strength. Schenn is only out produced by Vincent Trocheck in forward value for multi-category settings
FPF Article on Getzlaf
Business as usual in 2017-18 for the Ducks top center albeit in limited fashion only appearing in 56 games due to injury. In that time the pivot posted an astounding 50 assists solidifying his vision among the best across the league along with 11 goals. Getzlaf has long been harped on for lack of sh