As much as I predict winning games here at Pucking Hockey there’s always one thing you can never predict in the NHL.
What players will come out of the wood work and make a name for themselves.
The Phoenix Coyotes GM Dan Maloney loses Ilya Bryzgalov in the offseason due to free agency and is left with a very big hole to fill. What do they do? The sign Mike Smith in the offseason, knowing something the rest of us hockey “experts” didn’t know.
Mike Smith is the sole reason the Yotes has a chance at making the playoffs. Who would have thought this would ever be an option after losing Bryzgalov?!
I don’t even think GM Brian Burke knew what he was doing after he dealt Francois Beauchemin to Anaheim for Lupul in February 2011. Or did he?
Playing alongside Phil Kessel, Lupul has set a career high in points and has been the brightest light in an otherwise typically disappointing Leafs campaign
After being a total bust in Ottawa it’s a safe assumption Elliott knew he had to change his game around after being dealt to the St Louis Blues. And that he did.
Originally sentenced to be a St.Louis backup, Elliott climbed to the top of the NHL in goals against average and save percentage and sparked the Blues to a dandy season in the Western Conference.
Major props to head coach Ken Hitchcock for turning this team around and having the best one two punch in net.
Under Jacques Lemaire’s system, the Toronto native had been a grunt forward who managed a dozen goals over 82 games last season.
This year, playing for his former junior coach in Kitchener, Peter DeBoer, Clarkson has become almost as sharp a shooter as Ilya Kovalchuk. Ok maybe not as sharp, but turned his game around 180 degrees. And is contributing to the Devils offense keeping them in the top 5 of the Eastern Conference.
Much like Hitchcock in St. Louis, major props to Peter DeBoer for turning the Devils around from last season’s choke job.
Is there ever a time the Penguins trade for a player during the season, and he isn’t a total bust? Ok maybe one, Alexi Ponikarovsky.
Moving from Dallas to Pittsburgh has been the difference between being an understudy and a star.
With Sidney Crosby out for most of the year, Neal has emerged as a chief reason why the Penguins have been an elite team all season.
Neal already has set career highs in goals (30) and assists (32).
Imagine what these Penguins do when they Get Sidney Crosby back into the lineup and a healthy Kris Letang.
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