Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Vince Maranto on 08/21/11 at 01:02 PM ET
I was killing some time so I thought that I would look at the overall, teams stats from the regular season last year (2010 - 2011). There wasn’t really a lot of surprises with the Hawks who remain on the team for the upcoming 2011 - 2012 season, The “core” - a term which I know has bothered other readers of this blog in the past - of Toews, Kane, Sharp, Hossa, Seabrook and Keith, were the Hawks top six players in the total points department. I listed the names in order of point total from first through sixth. However, I was a little surprised to see that Kopecky, Brouwer and Campbell, were numbers 7, 10, and 11 (in that order). These three players, of course are no longer with the team. The question then becomes, with these guys gone, who makes up for their point total? The free agents that we have acquired, other roster players in a different role change, or kids from Rockford who are ready to step up?
Those questions will be answered as the season unwinds, in the mean time, here are the numbers at a glance.
Toews leads all point totals with 32 G, 44 A and 76 pts. in 80 games. He also had a + 25, which did not lead the team, more on that later.
Kaner was next with 27 G, 46 A, and 73 pts. in 73 games. (Keeping his point a game total going).
Sharp came in 3rd, with 34 G, 37 A and 71 pts. in 74 games.
Hossa (who started great, fizzled and had a resurgence) had 25 G, 32 A, and 57 points in 65 games.
Seabrook was 5th, with 9 G, 34 A, and 45 pts. in 82 games.
Keith rounded out the top 6 with 7 G, 38 A, and 42 pts. in 82 games.
The fact that Seabrook and Keith played 82 games, while racking up big ice time numbers, should also be noted
That’s what we kept, here’s what we lost.
Kopecky came in number 7 with, 15 G, 27 A and 42 pts. in 81 games.—I’ll be honest with you, thinking back on his performance last year, I was a little surprised. I didn’t think that he really added much. But, 42 points is still 42 points.
Brouwer was number 10 with, 17 G, 19 A, and 36 pts.—Troy also lead the team in hits.
Campbell had 5 G, 22 A, and 27 pts, in the number 11 spot.—Pretty hard to justify a $7 million contract with those numbers.He did however, lead the team with a +28. I also really enjoyed watching this guy skate (Keep your “Ice Capades” comments to yourself, please)
Again, I could speculate where the points might come from, but we’ll just have to wait and see. I know that stats don’t always tell the whole story, but it does give you a pretty good indication. The numbers don’t lie, as they say.
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