Wild West: Early MVPs and MDPs in the West

Grant Campbell

2022-10-31

Yes, it is early and some of these players will fall back into the middle of the pack of their team, but these are the players who have emerged as the best player on their roster to date.

Conversely, we are also looking at the most disappointing player to date from each team as well and most of these players should improve as the season progresses.

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Anaheim Ducks

Troy Terry leads the Ducks in goals with four, assists with six, points with 10 and is one off the team lead in SOG with 25. More importantly his CF% is 55.3 on a team with only one other player above 50 (Zegras). He also has four hits in nine games, which is only two off his career high of six in a season after four years in the league.

John Klingberg signed a one-year contract for $7 million with Anaheim and has played 61.9 percent of the time on the power play but after nine games only has two assists to show for his 23:00 of ice time per night. Defense has never been his strong suit, but his CF% is 41.8 and his xGF% is 35.3, which are low even for his standards. Cam Fowler or Jamie Drysdale could claw back a few more minutes with the man advantage from Klingberg as the season progresses.  If this season doesn't improve for Klingberg, the best move Dallas might have made this off-season was letting him walk.

Adam Henrique, Max Comtois, John Gibson and Jamie Drysdale (injured day-to-day) could be runners up in the disappointing category. Gibson did make 32 saves on 35 shots in a win against Toronto on Sunday night.

Arizona Coyotes

Shayne Gostisbehere won't maintain his four goals and four assist in eight game pace, but he has been the best Coyote so far this year. He has still struggled away from the puck with a minus nine, 37.3 CF% and 28.8 xGF% but so has almost every other player on this team.

Clayton Keller has eight points in eight games, but has been just slightly above average while the red-hot start for