We looked at some of the early MVPs and MDPs from each team in the West on November 8 and now that we are at the midseason mark, I thought we could revisit and see what players have emerged or continued their fine year or vice versa.
MVP: Troy Terry (Ryan Getzlaf was the earlier MVP)
This was a tough one, between Getzlaf and Terry but I just couldn't ignore Terry's 22 goals to Getzlaf's two. Terry was just voted into the All-Star Game by the fans, and deservedly so, as he leads the team in goals and has 36 points in 38 games. His shooting percentage of 24.4 will more than likely come down a little, but his point totals are sustainable as his 5on5 SH% is 8.3 is not particularly high.
Because he has been with Getzlaf for the most part, his OZ starts are low at 43.4 percent (allows Trevor Zegras and Sonny Milano easier matchups), but he still has maintained a very good CF% of 52.9. In the eight games, Terry played without Getzlaf in the lineup he had four goals and three assists and was a plus-two.
Most Disappointing Player (MDP): Sam Steel (Max Comtois)
Steel is at a crossroads with the Ducks after 164 NHL games. He will be 24-years old in a week and has four goals and six assists in 35 games so far this season. His shot rate is at 1.1/game, down from his career average of 1.2. In his past 77 games, he has 10 goals 12 assists and 81 SOG and has seen his ice-time go down to a career-low of 12:22 per game. He is the fourth center in Anaheim on the depth chart, but he struggles a little without the puck, so his situation might be untenable in Anaheim.
Comtois came back from injury and has been better, as well as benefitting from Terry and Zegras missing some games due to Covid. In the nine games since his return, he has two goals, three assists and is even in plus/minus.
MVP: Clayton Keller (Lawson Crouse)
Keller has 20 points in his last 18 games, to bring his yearly totals to 15 goals and 16 assists in 40 games with 115 SOG. Because the PP has struggled so much in Arizona this year, Keller only has four PP points, so his production is even more impressive. At 0.78 pts/game, he is just a little below the pace for the 65-point rookie season he had in 2017-18 and had struggled to match since.
Crouse is still having a good season (39-10-10-20) but has been passed by Keller and