Wild West: Regular Season MVPs in the West

Grant Campbell

2022-05-02

The playoffs start this week, so it is time to appoint an MVP from each team in the West. Good luck to everyone for their playoff pools!

Anaheim – Troy Terry 75-37-30-67

The season that Terry had was a tremendous boost to this roster as the Ducks had Trevor Zegras (75-23-38-61) and Jamie Drysdale (81-4-28-32) coming in with high expectations. Terry went out and had 23 goals in his first 40 games and in the second half of the season had 14 more in 35 games. Overall he had a shooting percentage of 19.3 on 2.6 shots per game. He is a career 14.4 percent shooter and has averaged 1.8s/g, so he will be hard-pressed to expand on his career-high in goals from this year.

Other considerations were Adam Henrique (58-19-23-42), Ryan Getzlaf (56-3-34-37) and Trevor Zegras (75-23-38-61).

Arizona – Clayton Keller 67-28-35-63

Keller was well on his way to setting his career-high in points (65 in 2017-18), but he went down with a season-ending injury after game 67. He still managed a career-high in goals with 28 and after three disappointing seasons of 0.57 to 0.63 pts/game he raised the bar this year at 0.94. He averaged over 20 minutes per game and after averaging about 60 percent OZ starts in his first four seasons, he saw that reduced to 47 with more responsibility. He didn't disappoint.

Other considerations were Shayne Gostisbehere (82-14-37-51) and Nick Schmaltz (67-23-36-59).

Calgary – Johnny Gaudreau 82-40-75-115

After Gaudreau put up 99 points in 2018-19 his play struggled the following two seasons with only 58 points in 70 games and 48 points in 56 games. This season he shut up most of his critics and posted career-highs with 40 goals, 75 assists and 115 points, not to mention leading the league in plus\minus at plus 64. He goes into unrestricted free agency at the age of 28 this year and if he has a good playoffs, his next contract will be north of $10 million AAV.

Other consideration were Matthew Tkachuk (82-42-62-104), Elias Lindholm (82-42-40-82) and Jacob Markstrom (63 GP, 37-15-9, 2.22 GAA, 92.2 save % and nine shutouts).

Chicago – Patrick Kane 78-26-66-92

Kane is now 33-years-old and just finished his 15th NHL season and has now played 1,107 games with 430 goals and 750 assists and 1,180 points to go along with two Stanley Cups. He is still churning out 1.17 pts/game and not slowing down offensively.

The other consideration for me was Alex Debrincat (82-41-37-78) who matched his career-high in goals and set his career-high in points this year.

Colorado – Nathan MacKinnon 65-32-56-88

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