Biggest Fantasy Hockey Surprises

Apr 14, 2009

Now that the NHL regular season has wrapped up, it’s time to take a look at some of the biggest surprises of the year.

Best Surpise – Center:  David Krejci
Krejci had just 27 points (6 goals, 21 assists) in 56 games last year.  He nearly tripled that output with 73 points (22 goals, 51 assists).  His +37 plus/minus rating led the league.

Best Surprise – Wing:  Slava Kozlov
After Kozlov had 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) and a mere 14 Power Play points it would appear that the soon to be 37-year old’s career was winding down.  Not so fast.  Slava registered his second highest point total at 76 (26 goals, 50 assists) and his 43 Power Play points trailed just Alexander Ovechkin’s 46.

Best Surprise – Defense:  Dennis Wideman
Another surprising Bruin.  Wideman improved his point tally by 14 as he produced an even 50 (13 goals, 37 assists) to set a new career high.  He also had a +32 plus/minus rating, which is a far cry from the -31 he had for the Blues back in 2005-06.

Best Surprise – Goalie:  Steve Mason
Who could have imagined that the 69th overall pick from the 2006 NHL Draft would simply dominate in his Rookie season?  Mason had a record of 33-20 with a GAA of 2.29 and a Save Percentage of 91.6%.  He led the league with ten Shutouts.

Worst Surpise – Center:  Jochen Hecht
Paul Stastny and Danny Briere were bigger disappointments, but they missed a good portion of their seasons to injury.  Hecht played in 70 games for Buffalo.  After averaging nearly 50 points in his last four season, he produced just 27 (12 goals, 15 assist).  His -9 plus/minus rating was the lowest of his career.

Worst Surprise – Wing:  Peter Mueller
The second-year Center suffered from a Sophomore slump as his point total went from 54 (22 goals, 32 assists) as a Rookie to 36 (13 goals, 23 assists).  His Power Play points dropped from 22 to 11. 

Worst Surprise – Defense:  Wade Redden
Redden had scored 30+ points in all but one season for Ottawa prior to playing for the Rangers this season.  Not only did his point total dip below that mark to 26 (3 goals, 23 assists), but he registerer the lowest plus/minus rating (-5) of his career.

Worst Surprise – Goalie:  Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Giguere was not himself this year.  He record was 19-18-6 with a 3.10 GAA and a 90% Save Percentage.  His average record the past three years was 34-14-8.  He hadn’t recorded a GAA over 2.66 or a Save Percentage below 91.1% since he’s been with Anaheim.

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