Wild West: Up and Down Swings from October to Now

Grant Campbell

2021-12-06

We will look at a few players in the West that had very good Octobers but have fallen off a little since or vice versa, with poor Octobers and done well since. Some of these players are reverting to where they should be in terms of historical production, but others are pushing for career highs.

Kevin Shattenkirk – Anaheim Ducks – Down Swing

I think most people knew that Shattenkirk's October where he had three goals and 10 points in 10 games and was a plus-six, was on borrowed time. Since then, he has had two goals and six points in 15 games and is a minus five.  He is still having a very good season with 16 points in 25 games, but his production is slowing as expected.

Jamie Drysdale – Anaheim Ducks – Up Swing

Drysdale had a shaky start his rookie season with three points and a minus 12 in his first 10 games. Since then he has been very good the past 15 games with two goals and 10 points and a plus seven. Overall he has three goals and 10 assists and is now minus five. His overall power-play time is still at about 43.3 percent so there could be more growth as the season progresses. The big improvement has been away from the puck.

Trevor Zegras – Anaheim Ducks – UP

Zegras had a slow start to the season as the most popular pick to win the Calder Trophy this season. In his first 10 games, he had two goals and three assists on 26 shots on goal. In the past 13 games, he has had four goals and 10 assists on 35 SOG. He is back on pace with 19 points in 23 games, which is a 0.83 pts/game pace which translates to 67-72 points.

Clayton Keller – Arizona Coyotes – UP

It's a good thing seeing Keller produce at an overall pts/game rate of 0.67 after 24 games as that is his highest rate since his 65-point rookie season in 2017-18 where he had 0.79 pts/game and I thought he would be above that for the next 10 seasons. He had another slow start (with the rest of the Coyotes) with only three goals and four points in his first nine games, so another disappointing season appeared to be on the horizon. He seems to have found his groove again with 12 points in the past 15 games (0.8/g) and his average ice time of 19:36 is the highest of his career and almost three minutes more per game than the past two seasons.

Jakob Chychrun – Arizona Coyotes – Slightly UP

There is hope for Chychrun even though he is a minus 28