With just a handful of games remaining in the regular season, I thought it was time to choose the most disappointing player from each team in the West. Last season I had Matt Duchene, Robert Thomas, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Nate Schmidt, Clayton Keller, Nazem Kadri and Dylan Strome listed. Duchene, Thomas and Kadri are all having career years this season.
Here is our list for this year. Hopefully, we will see some of these players putting up career-highs next season.
Max Comtois – Anaheim
The 23-year-old Comtois led the Ducks in scoring last season with 33 points in 55 games, which brought his career totals to 23 goals and 28 assists in 95 games (0.54 pts/game) going into this year. He had a terrible pre-season this year and might have been playing hurt as he went pointless in his first 11 regular-season games while being a minus seven.
He sits at four goals and nine assists in 50 games (0.26/g) and his role for next season with the Ducks is certainly unsure. He has one more year under contract at $2.55 million in salary next season before he becomes an RFA. The Ducks will certainly hope he gets back to his level from last season.
Honorable mentions are Jakob Silfverberg (53-5-16-21), John Gibson (55 GP, 3.21, 90.4) and Sam Steel (66-6-13-19).
Dmitri Jaskin – Arizona
The Coyotes went out in the summer of 2021 and signed the 29-year-old Jaskin from the KHL where he put up some pretty impressive numbers over the past few seasons. He wasn't a cheap addition at $3.2 million for one year and he had some expectations from the fans and team.
He struggled in his 12 games with only one assist, but he had 23 SOG and led the team with 47 hits before he was injured in a cheap knee on knee with Mark Borowiecki (which turned into the season).
He was unlikely to turn the fortunes of the team around, but he was an intriguing player that could have brought back a return at the trade deadline if he was healthy.
Honorable mentions to Barrett Hayton (57-9-9-18), Phil Kessel (79-7-42-49) and Jakob Chychrun (47-7-14-21). Hayton is only 21-years-old and should improve, while Kessel was a disappointment in the goal department, as his career 11 percent shooting percentage was down to 4.2 this year. Chychrun had a horrible start but rebounded quite well before going down with an injury that ended his season. He had five goals and eight assists in his last 17 games an