Sunday, May 07, 2006

Who was most improved?

I know I ranted a ton about Eric Staal after yesterday's game, but his ridiculous improvement over his 2003-04 totals makes me wonder: Isn't it time for the NHL to have a 'most-improved player award' like the NBA?

And, if that were the case, who other than Staal would win?

Just a thought.


At 7:01 p.m., May 07, 2006, Blogger Grace said...

Depends. Most improved from last season? Look at the way Selanne's turned things around in Anaheim. Going up 2-0 and shutting out the Avalanche 2 games straight after beating Calgary in 7. He'd be close to getting my vote just because everything I read had him being put out to slaughter.

Really, it would be Staal.

At 7:19 p.m., May 07, 2006, Anonymous Earl Sleek said...

Does Andy McDonald count?

It would be a tough award to figure out until there's some sort of precedent, I guess.

I might like a Norris Trophy and an Orr Trophy (or whatever), to recognize two aspects of playing defense. I think that is sometimes muddled in 'best defenseman'.

At 9:32 p.m., May 07, 2006, Blogger d-lee said...

This Staal's "contract year", which makes his explosion even more interesting. He'll be restricted, and no club will be in a position to compensate Carolina for him. He will, though, be able to command a very nice salary. Hopefully a very lengthy contract.

If there were a most improved player award, he'd be the hands down winner, but I think Jonathan Cheechoo would get lots of consideration.

At 11:36 p.m., May 07, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

What would we call such an award? The Alexandre Daigle Award? Tomas Kabrle Award?

At 10:56 a.m., May 08, 2006, Blogger Black Dog Hates Skunks said...

I'd think it would have to be a young(er) guy who hasn't performed at a high level before which leaves out guys like Selanne and Cheechoo - I think Cheechoo had 30 or so last season.

McDonald is a great choice.

Horcoff and Stoll from the Oilers - compare their numbers this season to last.

Justin Williams on the Hurricanes maybe?

Tim Connolly?

Probably Jason Spezza would be my first choice though.

At 5:28 p.m., May 09, 2006, Anonymous pavel said...

you know, in the nba, the most improved player award almost never goes to a highly touted young guy who becomes a star. it goes to a bottom of the roster guy who establishes himself as an almost all-star-calibre player. sounds like christobal huet to me.


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