Last week in the forum, someone had asked about the L.A. Kings. Specifically, about whether we are going to get the real Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick this season.
That got me thinking quite a bit. Doughty’s season last year was the real Doughty. So why do so many people keep expecting more out of Doughty?
It all comes down to name value. There are numerous players out there whose value is much higher than it should be, based solely on their name. Below are 10 of those players.
10. Oliver Ekman-Larsson
OEL is one of those guys where you always feel like he has more potential, and then you wake up one day and realize he’s 28 years old and entering his 10th year in the league. OEL is exactly who his numbers say he is: A number one power-play quarterback who will top out in the mid-40s for points. In his last seven years in the league, he’s had a point pace of 45, 42, 40, 60, 44, 45 and 41. Every year people wait for him to break out, and aside from that one season, he never does.
9. Charlie McAvoy
McAvoy is like many young players, where their name and upside means drafting them higher than they should be. Even though McAvoy is clearly the second power-play option in Boston and that he has battled injuries in each of his first two years in the league, he’s still being selected as if he is guaranteed a breakthrough season this coming year. He needs Torey Krug to spend a significant amount of time on the injured reserve or be traded for McAvoy to finally have that great season.
8. Juuse Saros
Imagine if you will, two once-highly-touted netminders in their mid-20s stuck behind elite netminders in their mid-30s. Yet one backup is much loved and drafted every season waiting for that breakout, while the other is constantly left on the waiver wire. That’s the difference between Saros and Malcolm Subban. Saros just had an offseason in his age-24 season, but they are similar to ones posted by Subban two years ago in his age-24 season. Yet Saros still has plenty of name value, so h