Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The NHL's 'most disappointing' club

Players who have worsened their points-per-game average from last season the most (injured players with less than 15 points this season not included):



2006-07 2007-08


Name Team Pts PPG Pts PPG
Dif
1 Maxim Afinogenov BUF 61 1.089 18 0.474
-0.616
2 Patrick Marleau SAN 78 1.013 26 0.500
-0.513
3 Jonathan Cheechoo SAN 69 0.908 18 0.400
-0.508
4 Slava Kozlov ATL 80 0.988 28 0.509
-0.479
5 David Vyborny COB 64 0.780 16 0.364
-0.417
6 Thomas Vanek BUF 84 1.024 32 0.627
-0.397
7 Jozef Stumpel FLA 57 0.781 19 0.413
-0.368
8 Alexander Semin WAS 73 0.948 20 0.588
-0.360
9 Andrew Brunette COL 83 1.012 35 0.660
-0.352
10 Doug Weight ANA 59 0.720 19 0.373
-0.347
11 Jarret Stoll EDM 39 0.765 23 0.434
-0.331
12 Martin Straka NYR 70 0.909 22 0.579
-0.330
13 Michael Ryder MON 58 0.707 18 0.383
-0.324
14 Jaromir Jagr NYR 96 1.171 47 0.855
-0.316
15 Andy McDonald STL 78 0.951 33 0.647
-0.304
16 Joe Sakic COL 100 1.220 22 0.917
-0.303
17 Brendan Shanahan NYR 62 0.925 32 0.627
-0.298
18 Marian Hossa ATL 100 1.220 48 0.923
-0.296
19 Lubomir Visnovsky LOS 58 0.841 30 0.556
-0.285
20 Dainius Zubrus NJD 60 0.759 25 0.481
-0.279
21 Matt Carle SAN 42 0.545 13 0.289
-0.257
22 Patrik Elias NJD 69 0.920 32 0.667
-0.253
23 Chris Pronger ANA 59 0.894 36 0.643
-0.251
24 Tom Poti WAS 44 0.564 13 0.325
-0.239
25 John-Michael Liles COL 44 0.620 20 0.385
-0.235
26 Derek Armstrong LOS 44 0.657 23 0.426
-0.231
27 Ryan Whitney PIT 59 0.728 24 0.500
-0.228
28 Martin Havlat CHI 57 1.018 19 0.792
-0.226
29 Joe Pavelski SAN 28 0.609 20 0.385
-0.224
30 Mike Sillinger NYI 59 0.720 26 0.500
-0.220

And, wouldn't you know it, I've got both Afinogenov and Marleau in my biggest hockey pool. (This season has been like watching the $100 entry fee swirling down the bowl.)

Quite a few of those on this list have battled injuries, but there are a few inexplicable entries as well. Is Kozlov just slowing down in Atlanta? What's wrong with Brunette and Stoll? Jagr, Shanahan, Hossa, Elias?

There are also quite a few defencemen on this list near the bottom, something that may be related to the fact that, with fewer power plays, there are simply fewer points for blueliners these days.

Thoughts?
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9 Comments:

At 8:25 PM, February 05, 2008, Anonymous theoil said...

Well, the answer for Stoll is fairly easy. Two concussions last year and he has only just started to look like a player in the last 10 games or so. That and Souray taking his spot as the main shooter on the PP pretty much sums up his season.

 
At 8:39 PM, February 05, 2008, Blogger Ryan said...

Afinogenov has been a letdown for sure. He has battled injuries the past two years, but even when playing he just hasn't been the same as last year. It's a complete reversal in his game.

 
At 1:14 AM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see Vanek earning his $10 million this year.

 
At 8:33 AM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Afinogenov and Vanek are suffering from their team losing 2 of their best centres.

Not sure what has happened to Chechoo and Marleau, bet the Sharks are hoping it is just a 1 season dip!!

 
At 8:38 AM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous cupster33 said...

It's hardly even fair to have sakic on that list.

 
At 11:35 AM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Anshu said...

Cheechoo is the one that I find perplexing. Has a great season, then falters for half a season, rebounds to finish extremely well, then completely falls apart again, and now shows no real sign of recovering.

I could understand the situation for some of the other guys on the list (linemates changing, moved up to top line from 2nd line, etc.). Those things can have a big (potentially negative) impact. But Cheechoo's issues seem to be of his own making.

 
At 12:41 PM, February 06, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

It's hardly even fair to have sakic on that list.

It's entirely statistically based.

 
At 7:49 PM, February 06, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

Cheechoo is the one that I find perplexing ... and now shows no real sign of recovering.

Cheechoo had double hernia surgery over the summer which people have speculated all year about him still not being entirely recovered from. and has 6 goals in his last 8 games. As a sharks fan i can only hope that it's a sign to come of the rest of the season for him.

 
At 7:52 PM, February 06, 2008, Anonymous Marl said...

What's wrong with Brunette

The answer here could be simple, with Sakic out, Brunette just doesn't have a super center to play with like he's had the last couple of years. As Bruno's probably best suited as a support player offensively, I feel it might hurt him more than most.

Besides, he's third on the Avs in scoring behind only Stastny and Hejduk and his points pace isn't that much off from his normal pace.

I'd guess last year was the anomaly, not this one.

 

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