Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Skating Dead

It's Halloween time and we're far enough into the NHL season to start looking at some of the brutal player performances going on. There's been quite a few studs putting up some terrifying numbers than what we're used to seeing. Some guys have been putting up Vesa Toskala numbers while others simply can't find the net on a semi-regular basis. All of these guys would have been drafted in fantasy pools, but are showing up to the rink with no life in them.

With that said, we bring you The Skating Dead.

Claude Giroux

Through 10 games the Flyers captain has 0 goals, 5 assists, and is a -5. While more of a playmaker, Giroux is a 25+ goal scorer and you'd expect him to have at least 1 by now. With Giroux not scoring, it's no surprise the Flyers are one of the worst teams in the league with a 3-7 record. Even more surprising is Giroux boldly predicting they'll still make the playoffs.

Patrick Sharp

Sharp has been very quiet for the talented Hawks this season scoring just 1 goal through 11 games. Despite leading the team in shots on goal with 45, Sharp hasn't been able to find his way on the scoresheet. The Hawks are still 6-2-3 so there should be no panic from the team as it's only a matter of time before Sharp wakes up and returns to his 30-goal form. It's amazing that this guy is still handsome while looking like a zombie.

Alex Goligoski

As a powerplay quarterback you would expect more than 0 points and a minus -10 in 9 games. Last season Goligoski was on pace for just under 50 points which makes it hard to believe he's still sitting at zero on the season. We're still shaking our heads at how the Stars traded away a 40-goal scorer in James Neal and Matt Niskanen (8 points in 11 games this season) for this guy.

Marc Staal

-9 might be a nice day in Thunder Bay, but not so great if you are a defenceman who had hopes of going to Sochi these upcoming Olympics. Staal recovered fully from a serious eye injury suffered last season, but is currently rocking one of the worst +/-'s in the league this season. An alleged shutdown defenceman, Staal has only been a + player in 1 game this season. That 9-2 loss to the Sharks definitely didn't help things either.

Henrik Lundqvist

The King has been shitting the bed this season with a .890 save percentage and a dreadful 3.45 GAA through 7 games played. Of the 20 goals allowed this season, 16 have come at even strength. You can't blame it all on Lundqvist however as the Rangers have only put up 8 goals in the 6 games he's started, but we still expected a much better start, especially since this is a contract year for him.

Dany Heatley

Things have certainly gone downhill for this former All-Star. A steady decline in goal-scoring production the past few seasons have him at 1 goal and 3 points through 11 games for the Minnesota Wild. It should also be noted that his 1 goal on the season was an empty netter. Once a big shooter guaranteed for 250+ shots, the 32-year-old is slowing down and is averaging just 1.9 shots/game. It should be fun to see what happens with Heater as this is the last year of his 6 year/$45M contract.

Mike Smith

Smith might have more goals than Claude Giroux this season, but his 3.17 GAA through 11 games is near the bottom of the league. A Team Canada hopeful, Smith has allowed the most goals in the NHL with 32. Luckily for Smith, the Coyotes are one of the highest scoring teams in the league and he's rocking a 6-2-2 record because of them. If Smith starts making saves, the 'Yotes could be one of the most dangerous teams in hockey if their offence keeps up. 


  1. Great stuff
    Of course I have Smith and Lundqvist this year in my yahoo pool

  2. Heater has been dead inside for years.


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