Friday, November 03, 2006

Searching for Selanne

Last year, Teemu Selanne surprised the hockey world by posting a 24-goal, 58-point improvement over his 2003-04 totals.

Over at Globe on Hockey this afternoon, I take a look at which players are well on their way to being this season's breakthrough player.

Let me know who I missed in the comments section.


At 2:14 p.m., November 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm most impressed that a guy like Crosby made the list. That you could finish Top 10 in scoring the league one year and then be among the league leaders in increasing your output the next year is impressive.

It's comparatively easy to turn a 10 goal scorer into a 20 goal scorer buy changing their environment. But turning a 100 point man into a 150 point man is amazing

At 2:21 p.m., November 03, 2006, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

No offense, James, but really you are looking for the next E. Staal, not the next T. Selanne.

Some guys are bound to make a leap in points just out of development and maturity, including a few on your list.

It's a different story with a guy like Selanne, who showed years of a downward scoring trend (see the graph in this post) before busting out in Anaheim. Plus he did it with no-name linemates on a line that was collectively being paid less than $3 M total.

Few, if any, of the names this year fit those qualifications.

At 2:26 p.m., November 03, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I wanted a list that included both groups, so as to show players like Yashin, Sykora and Mellanby's improvements — not just up and coming youngsters. I don't think you have to exclude one group to talk about the other.

At 4:10 p.m., November 03, 2006, Blogger ninja said...

I might include Parise, who had 32 pts in 81 GP last year. He already has 3 GWG on 6g, 10 pts in 12 Gp in all.

Bill Guerin is also getting back to his usual pace, with 10 pts in 12 GP, including 6g

At 4:23 p.m., November 03, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Good points, Ninja... I was working with a list of guys who had 10 points heading into last night's games, which is why I missed those two.

That reminds me — does anyone know a site that updates the points leaders list soon after a night's games?

At 7:28 p.m., November 03, 2006, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I find Yahoo does it the fastest.

At 10:38 a.m., November 04, 2006, Blogger sean said...

James, i think is the fastest. By the way i tried to post on your new blog but the link wouldn't redirect me. Not sure if you already know this.

At 1:17 p.m., November 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you've forgotten Robert Esche.


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