Happy New Year to everyone! With this column, I will piggyback from Brennan Des's Eastern Edge column from last week and focus on some players from each team for the regular season calendar year of 2021 and see if there are some interesting takeaways.
For the 2021 calendar year, Troy Terry led the Ducks with 25 goals and 50 points in 81 games. Rookies Trevor Zegras had 11 goals and 38 points in 54 games, while Jamie Drysdale had six goals and 22 points in 58 games. On the other end of the spectrum, former regular 20-goal scorer, Jakob Silfverberg had only nine goals and 28 points in 75 games. Ryan Getzlaf had seven goals and 32 assists in 77 games but looks like he has found another gear so far this season.
29-year-old Sam Carrick had nine goals and six assists in 39 games in 2021. He had played a total of 34 NHL games before then and it is rare for an older fringe player to get extended looks in the NHL. I had mentioned Sam Carrick as a player to possibly add at the end of last season, but when he was sent down to the AHL at the beginning of this season I figured that was his opportunity gone. He got called back up and now has eight goals in 27 games this season and is making the most of his chance.
In goal, John Gibson was slightly below average in 60 games with 20 wins and a 90.8 save percentage with a GSAA of -2.03, while Anthony Stolarz was very good in his 18 games with 10 wins, a 92.9 save percentage and a GSAA of 10.24.
Phil Kessel led Arizona in 2021 with 25 goals and 39 assists in 86 games, while Clayton Keller had 24 goals and 34 assists in 86 games. Jakob Chychrun who has had a very disappointing season so far had an impressive 20 goals and 48 points in 82 games but was a minus 35. Shayne Gostisbehere had 14 goals and 40 points in 71 games. Lawson Crouse who has played well this season had 12 goals and 28 points in 80 games while putting up 229 hits. Barrett Hayton who I expected better things from already had only four goals and nine points in 38 games.
Johnny Gaudreau led the Flames with 31 goals and 81 points in 85 games, while Andrew Mangiapane had 36 goals and 53 points in 85 games. Elias Lindholm had 30 goals and 74 points in 85 games while Matthew Tkachuk had 29 goals and 69 points in 85 games. Rasmus Andersson was th