Wild West: Early MVPs/Most Disappointing Players

Grant Campbell

2021-11-08

After about a month of play, I'm going to go through each team in the West and choose an MVP and the most disappointing player to date. I'm going to look at factors like faceoffs, blocks, hits, Corsi, time on ice and of course production.

I'm sure there are other opinions out there, so let me know if you have others that you think should be considered for either distinction.

Anaheim

MVP: Ryan Getzlaf

Getzlaf has reversed the clock this season at the age of 36, as he has posted 11 points in his first 13 games this year (0.82 pts/game).

Anaheim's PP is at 26.2 percent and has 11 goals in 42 attempts, which has equalled their total from last season already where they went a paltry 11 for 123 good for 8.9 percent. Getzlaf has benefitted with four power-play points already, which also matches his totals from last season.

Getzlaf leads the team in shots on goal with 37, is second to teammate Nicolas Deslauriers (53) in hits with 24, leads the Duck forwards in blocked shots with 15 and is currently riding a career-high face-off percentage of 57.3. As good as Troy Terry and Adam Henrique have been, Getzlaf has truly been the leader of this team after 13 games.

Most Disappointing Player (MDP): Max Comtois

I had written last month that I was a little concerned about Comtois and his struggles in the pre-season and his slow start in the first few games of the year.

What concerned me more than the diminished shots on goal and ice time, were his peripherals like hitting and more importantly his offensive zone starts. At 22 years of age and over 100 games in the league, the coaches need him to progress this season after OZ starts of 56 percent and 61 percent the past two seasons. So far after 11 games, his OZ starts have been 43.7 because the team is forced to shelter the line with Trevor Zegras (58.4) and Comtois has struggled mightily.

After 11 games, Comtois is without a point, 15 shots on goal and a minus seven. The only good news is that his 5on5 shooting percentage is 1.7 and his PDO is 89.0. He should be able to rebound but to what level as players pass him on the depth charts, only he can control. His ice time is already down to 13:05 after last season seeing 15:28. As he missed two games with injury, perhaps he has been nursing an injury since training camp. His 0.6 pts/game from last year is probably not in reach this year.

Arizona

MVP: Lawson Crouse

Some people might have Karel Vejmelka or Shayne Gostisbehere as the MVP, and there is certainly an argument to be made for Vejmelka. Gostisbehere to me is still a relatively one-dimensional defenseman who averages around 19 minutes per game with about 2-3 minutes of that time on the power-play.

Crouse leads the Coyotes in goals with four and is tied for second in hits with 26 (I did not have Dmitri Jaskin on my scorecard to lead the team with 42 hits in 10 games). Crouse also leads the forwards in shots on goal with 29 and he has the trust of the