Top 10 Players Having Rebound Seasons

Tom Collins

2022-01-17

All too often, fantasy hockey general managers are eager to give up on players after one or two poor seasons.

Truthfully, the giving up happens much quicker than that. A bad week or a horrendous month is enough to convince a general manager that a player sucks and it’s time to get rid of the bum.

Oftentimes, you might be rewarded for your patience if you’re willing to ride it out. Below are 10 players who are having rebound years. A few caveats before we get into the column:

We’re looking for players who had a poor season last year or for the past couple of years. Having a slow start to this year and getting hot over the past 20 games doesn’t count.

We’re not including those who missed all or almost all of last season, which eliminates players such as Tyler Bertuzzi and Jonathan Toews from this list.

It’s also good to remember that having a rebound season is not the same as having an unexpectedly great season. Look at Alex Ovechkin, for example. Last year, he had an 82-game point pace of 77 points. In the previous 10 seasons, he averaged an 82-game point pace of 81 points. So, he wasn’t far off last season. While he has been awesome this season, he doesn’t qualify for this list as he doesn’t have anything to rebound from.

Finally, while we will talk about other statistics, we will use points for forwards and defensemen to determine a rebound.

10. Shayne Gostisbehere

He wasn’t as bad last year as many may believe as he still had a 40-point pace, which was his highest in three seasons. However, the trade from Philadelphia to Arizona has been tremendous for the defenseman. He has 24 points in 36 games, an 82-game pace of 55 points. He’s also manned the top power-play unit since the first game of the season. If you were thinking about acquiring him, you don’t need to worry that Jakob Chychrun will take over when he gets back into the lineup.

9. Ryan Getzlaf

He’s doesn’t score much (just two goals on the season after five last year), but he’s producing everywhere else. His 0.73 points per game are the highest since 2017-18 and put him on pace for 60 points. That’s a significant increase from last season when he was on pace for 29 points over an 82-game campaign. With seven power-play points, he’s already topped last year’s four. His shot rate is more than half a shot per game from last year, and his hit rate is almost half a hit higher than a year ago. He’s also winning almost 11 faceoffs per game, a big increase from last year’s seven faceoff wins per game and easily besting his career high.

8. Jonathan Quick

At a quick glance, it wouldn’t seem as if Quick is that much more productive this campaign. In 22 games last year, he was 11-9-2 with two shutouts. In 23 games this season, he is 11-8-4 with two shutouts. However, he has seen massive improvements this season in almost every category.

2020-21: 2.86 GAA, .898 SV%, 40.9 quality start percentage, minus-5.93