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Didn’t Expect This

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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Not sure if there are any Maple Leafs fans on here, or maybe another eastern conference fan, but it seems like Colby Armstrong has been a healthy scratch often and therefore a disappointment.  Anyone know why he has been sitting?  I think he makes 3 mil/yr.

Posted by 11B3PF7 in MN on 04/03/12 at 09:31 PM ET

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11B3PF7, he had a concussion, did not disclose it from the team, then finally admitted he had one.

It’s been on of this years for him, he looks slow on the ice and a step behind.

Maybe still feeling the concussion issues.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/03/12 at 09:36 PM ET

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