by PuckStopsHere on 03/06/12 at 07:59 PM ET
Since the beginning of February, the NHL’s assist leader has been Ted Purcell of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has 18 assists in that period. He also has six goals for 24 points. That makes him the second highest scorer in this time period behind teammate Steve Stamkos.
Tampa Bay is a weak team that will likely make the playoffs and Ted Purcell is generally not seen as a top scorer, but this is a sign that as long as he continues to play with Stamkos he could make a significant offensive jump next now and into next season. He would be a smart pickup for any poolies out there.
Purcell is a 26 year old player who first broke into the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings. At the 2010 trade deadline he was traded to Tampa along with a third round pick for Jeff Halpern. This trade is looking like highway robbery for the Lightning and a big mistake for the Kings.
He had a career best of 16 points until last season when he scored 51 points last season. He has exceeded that with over a month left in the season this year.
Purcell is a late bloomer who is becoming an NHL star. He has been among the most dominant scorers in the game in the past little over a month. I think we are seeing a player become an NHL star. He is an unlikely star because he was undrafted and never very highly regarded. He was acquired by his current team as a throw-in in a trade. It looks like his day is coming.
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