Last year was a major downfall for a handful of players, players who are the elite of the NHL. And to me it was surprising as to how much they have dropped in the stats, but they are only human. These are the top 5 players that need to have bounce back seasons to not only get back on the stat charts but to redeem their reputation’s in the NHL.
Martin Brodeur almost did not make this list, but because he holds the record for the most shutouts and the most wins by a goaltender, he had to make the list. The 39 year old, yes that’s right, 39 years old so we will give him some slack…for now.
Brodeur came off of his FIRST losing season in his 17 year career in the NHL. His save percentage dropped to .903, his worst since 1995 and lost significant time last season due to an injury, his second in the last three seasons. But can you fault him? He is 39 years old.
He did look sharper in the second half of the season as the rest of the Devils players, but we expect him to have a bounce back season giving it his best to give his team a chance at another playoff run before he retires.
The Devils missed the playoffs last season, but with a healthy Brodeur playing his best, expect this team to make a deep playoff run this upcoming 2011-2012 season….not.
Imagine if Gomez played to his ability in the playoffs, instead of losing game 7 against the Bruins.
Scott Gomez is coming off the worst season of his career, a 39 point and -15 rating that left many people in Montreal wondering if he was worth the big money and how much he has left in the tank at 31 years old.
Gomez, this is the NHL, we have players in their 40’s still playing and one winning the Stanley Cup last season. It’s time you wake up and play the game you once played. No more clowning around, show these fans in Montreal you still got it and you want to hoist that Stanley Cup again, only this time for the Canadiens.
I mean you average 66 points per season and never less than 58, but last season only 38!?
Woman problems? Whatever it is, get over it and play this great game of hockey and prove your still a top 6 forward in the NHL!
The Senators laid out BIG money to bring in Gonchar as a free agent after having 50 points in 62 games for the Penguins. Or was that 50 point season just to land a big contract and lay low?
I mean after all it is the Ottawa Senators how good can you actually play for a team like the Sens?
In his debut season with the Senators, Sergei only had 7 goals, 27 points and a minus 15 rating in 67 games.
The Sens have a huge investment in Gonchar and need him to return to form as he was in Pittsburgh if they want to win. But as I see it, he is just another Chris Pronger landing a big contract at the age of 37+
I watched almost every Capitals game, and I found myself yelling at Backstrom every single game. This guy looked so lost every game it was actually very sad, especially for such an elite NHL player like Backstrom. You saw his downfall the first week of the regular season and everyone kept telling me, he will be fine give him time to get back in shape. Needless to say, I laughed at kept a smile knowing he was going downhill.
The major reason why the Capitals struggled to score last season was because of Backstroms downfall season, which eventually led to Alex Ovechkin to slump as well. If the Capitals want to make any deep playoff runs, they need their top center Backstrom to have a major bounce back season.
Backstrom dropped from 33 goals to 18 and from 101 points to a career low 65 in the first season of a 10 year deal with the Caps.
Whether Backstrom had personal matters haunting him, or just missed home, regardless he needs to have a major major bounce back season. And I believe he will, which will lead the Capitals winning the 2012 Stanley Cup. That’s right you heard it first from Pucking Hockey, the Washington Capitals winning the 2012 Stanley Cup.
If for any chance Backstrom has another downfall season, he better not jump around like a little kid when he scores once every 7-10 games.
Finally number one on our list who needs to have a bounce back season. And oh boy does he need to have the biggest bounce back of his career.
Gabby dropped from 42 goals in his first season with the Rags to…22 goals his second season. And to make matters worse, 10 of those goals came from NON – PLAYOFF teams.
I had Gabby on my fantasy team, trust me when I say only 10 of them came from non-playoff teams.
Injuries have seemed to plague Gaboriks seasons one reason on why the Minnesota Wild departed from him. And now the Rangers are getting first taste at the true Gaborik.
But there is hope. The Rangers brought in playmaker Brad Richards to help get Gaborik scoring, which should help him if he stays healthy. But that’s a BIG IF!
If he gets back to 42 goal seasons, expect the Rangers to make the playoffs and possibly making it to the Eastern Conference Finals.
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