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by Paul on 04/03/12 at 06:43 PM ET
from Corey Masisak of NHL.com,
There have also been many surprises and disappointments among individual players. Here’s a look at some who exceeded expectations this season, and some who didn’t reach them:
Andrew Shaw, Chicago—11 goals, 22 points in 35 games
Shaw was a fifth-round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. To put his involvement at the NHL level into prospective, no other player taken after the second round has played in the League—from the 2010 NHL Draft. Just making it this early is crazy enough, but he’s been a key secondary scorer when needed and inspired #ShawFacts on Twitter.
Michael Ryder, Dallas—35 goals, 62 points in 79 games
Ryder had 36 goals in the past two seasons combined, though he did have a nice 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. When Dallas traded James Neal to Pittsburgh, the company line was Jamie Benn would replace him. Benn has been great, but Ryder has been a huge reason why the Stars are still fighting for a playoff spot.
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim—9 goals, 54 points in 77 games
Getzlaf’s point total is in line with the team’s other stars, but those 9 goals just aren’t enough for someone with the world-class talent he possesses. He has one goal in the past 32 games. Anaheim needs more from its stars next year, but Getzlaf especially.
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