Wild West: October/November Swings in Production – Notables

Grant Campbell

2022-11-28

Some players had great starts to the season and have since faded and others had slow starts and have come on in November. We will look at some of the most intriguing Western Conference players who have taken off in November or fallen off a cliff.

Hopefully, this will help a few people contemplating dropping or picking up some of these players. I'm going to include a few multi-category players as well.

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Jamie Benn – Dallas

October 9-0-3-3, 15 SOG, 14:07 TOI

November 13-10-11-21, 29 SOG, 15:08

His shooting percentage was above 30 in November so don't count on the goal production continuing in December and beyond. He hasn't scored 20 goals in a season since 2018-19 but has a great chance to get back there. Benn already has 11 PPP (nine in November), which was his output for all of 2021-22. 

Adam Henrique – Anaheim

October 9-0-1-1, 10 SOG, 14:52

November 12-7-4-11, 30 SOG, 19:17

Ryan Strome was playing over 19 minutes per game in October and was down to just over 16 minutes in November as Henrique took that ice time and ran with it. The other additional time was about two minutes per game killing penalties which Henrique didn't do in October.

Timo Meier – San Jose

October 11-1-4-5, 53 SOG, 19:24

November 13-11-6-17, 66 SOG, 20:33

With Meier, it was just a case of the puck finally going in for him as he was averaging just over 4.8 shots per game in October with only one goal to show for it. In November he raised his shots to just over 5.0 per game and has had a sustainable 16.7 shooting percentage. I'm sure most people were patient with Meier or are kicking themselves now if they weren't.

Jordan Kyrou – St. Louis

October 8-3-0-3, 26 SOG, minus 13, 19:17

November 13-6-9-15, 47 SOG, plus one, 17:08

It appears that if Kyrou and Ryan O'Reilly don't play together it is better for both. While together at ES, they had two goals for and nine against in October. They haven't played together in November and both players have been better for it. Kyrou's best teammates to play ES with are Brayden Schenn