Wild West: Most Disappointing Regular Season Players – Part One

Grant Campbell

2021-06-28

I thought we would match Brennan Des in the East and look at each team in the West and see who were the most disappointing players.

Anaheim – Jakob Silfverberg

The Ducks are not short in this department as any number of disappointing players could be listed including Kevin Shattenkirk, John Gibson, Adam Henrique, Danton Heinen or Sam Steel. I'd have to say that Silfverberg is probably at the top though as he struggled to his worst output in nine NHL seasons with only eight goals and 16 points (0.34 pts/game) in 47 games. For the five seasons prior, he had averaged 21 goals and been consistently between 17 and 24 each of those years. Not helping his fantasy value in addition to his declining output was his minus 17 and lack of any hits or blocked shots. Unless Silfverberg bounces back next season at the age of 31, he is entering bubble territory in most formats.

Arizona – Clayton Keller

I wavered between Keller and Lawson Crouse here but figured there were a lot more people with Keller on their fantasy team than Crouse. The magical fourth-year breakout just didn't happen for Keller and even though he is still just 22 years old, there has to be concern about his future production (especially in Arizona). He seems stuck at around 0.60 pts/game over the last three seasons but interestingly enough he seems to have improved his defensive play in recent years. Is he skilled enough to improve his production and maintain his play away from the puck? Of course, but when or if he will do it is anyone's guess and I'm not willing to bet it will be next season but I do still believe in him to get back to his 65-point rookie season at some point.

Calgary – Sean Monahan

As disappointing as Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk have been the past two seasons I don't think they hold