Posts Tagged ‘Erik Johnson’

Last season: 30-44-8, 68 points. 4th in the Northwest, missed playoffs.

Key Additions:  G Jean-Sebastian Giguere, D Jan Hejda, F Chuck Kobasew, LW Gabriel Landeskog, D Shane O’Brien, G Seymon Varlamov

Key Losses:  G Peter Budaj, C Phillippe Dupuis, G Brian Elliott, LW Thomas Fleischmann, D Adam Foote, D John-Michael Liles

Offense: The young Colorado offense is led by 2009 first round pick Matt Duchene, whose production increased from 24-31-55 to 27-40-67 in his second NHL season.  Despite having a down year (22 goals, 57 points), Paul Stastny was elected to his first all-star game.  Although Milan Hejduk is years from his 50 goal season, he is still a reliable 20-25 goal getter.    David Jones came out of nowhere to lead the team in goals (27, tied with Duchene).  Landeskog, the #2 overall pick in this year’s draft, is a wild card.  If he makes the team, it should help the offense immensely.  T.J. Galiardi struggled with injuries last year but could be Colorado’s breakout player this season.  Like Galiardi, Peter Mueller was injured (concussion) and missed the entire year, but should be healthy this season.  2009 2nd rounder Ryan O’Reilly should continue to improve.  The club hopes free agent acquisition Kobasew regains his scoring touch from his Boston days.  Kevin Porter was finally given a full time role and scored 14 goals. Daniel Winnik (11 goals) had his best season in 3 years.  Brandon Yip took a step backwards last year, after leading rookies in goals per game in 2009-10.  Cody McLeod established himself as the team’s enforcer, getting 189 PIM thanks to 14 fights.

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We all know who the best players have been the best in the NHL in the 2010-11 season, but who have been some of the worst?  Years ago, I created some “awards” in my old sim league (DCHL), as a semi roast to certain players, GMs and teams.  I took some of these awards,  and created some brand new ones.

First, we start with the Trigger Happy Award, which goes to the GM who has pulled off the most trades in the last year (for the purpose of a starting point, I used 2010’s regular season end to this regular season’s end).  With 18 counted trades, including acquiring (and trading) Dennis Wideman, Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers is our 2011 winner.  The other GM award, the aptly named You Suck Award goes to Ottawa’s Bryan Murray.  Last summer, Murray signed Sergei Gonchar for 3 years and $16 million, and the 37 year old played like he was 57.  The team plummeted to last place and Murray started the firesale, trying to get what he could for many players.  Some of his deals were to rectify mistakes he had made in the summer, and in previous seasons.  All this, while Daniel Alfredsson remained on the team and his value continued to drop.

Moving on to some statistical awards, the winner of the Broad Street Bully Award goes to Islander Zenon Kenopka, who blew away the field in the penalty minute department, finishing with 307.  Kenopka is the first player to break the 300 PIM barrier since Dan Carcillo in 2007-08.   The Greg Millen Trophy for allowing the most goals in the regular season goes to the Colorado Avalanche.  The team allowed a whopping 287 goals, the most since the 06-07 Flyers.  On the topic of goalies, our Red Light Award for worst goalie of the year (minimum of 20 games) is Rick DiPietro.  DiPietro “lead” the league with a 3.44 GAA, had the second worst save percentage at 88.6% and finished with a record of 8-14-4.

The Bettman Trophy for Villain of the Year was no surprise.  Suspended for 21 games this season within two separate incidents, including missing the entire first round of the playoffs, Matt Cooke easily wins the award.

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