Monday, April 12, 2010

Player evaluation

The playoffs and the season are two different things, so I'm gonna do the player evaluation for the season now, before the playoffs start. As you might remember I did an evaluation mid season and you can find it here.

I will once again use numbers (and you guys know how much I hate to use stats and do research) and other things to rate the players. This is how it's gonna go down:

Number. Player Name
Stats: Stats for the year
Expectations: What I expected from the player when the season started (copied from the other one)
Season: How the player has done this season
Moment: My favourite moment of the player from this season (some copied from the midseason one.
Playoffs: My expectations from the player in the playoffs
Grade: A-F partially based on expectations (Midseason grade)

Yup, let's go!


30. Christopher John Osgood
Stats: 23 games, 21 starts, 7-9-6, 3.02 GAA, .888 save %, 1 SO, 1 A, 0 PIM
Expectations:That he would have a better regular season this year and actually be good.
Season: Not much has happened since the first half. In the last 42 games he got 3 starts for a grand total of 5 games. He was decent in them. And his play has been better than last year. But he has been relegated to backup. Bad season for Ozzie.
Moment:The few good saves he made in the 2nd period of the season opener. He was right in front of me for that period. Also, his shutout number 50.
Playoffs: Ride the pine. Be ace if he has to play.
Grade: D (D)

35. James (Tiberius) Howard
Stats: 63 games, 61 starts, 37-15-10, 2.26 GAA, .924 save %, 3 SO, 2 A, 2 PIM
Expectations: That he'd be decent the chances he got and that he'd play as little as possible
Season: After a shaky start, Jimmah took over and was the Wings' clear cut MVP this season. He has been nothing short of spectacular in the net, he is calm and confident and he is the reason we made the playoffs. He deserves the Calder Trophy, but lame ass writers will never give it too him, because he is too old.
Moment: Is that even a question? When he skullfucked Cindy of course!
Playoffs: Conn Smythe Trophy
Grade: A (A)


3. Andreas Lilja
Stats: 20 GP, 1 G, 1 A, -2, 4 PIM
Expectations: Get healthy dude!
Season: Lilja came back after the Olympics and though his stats aren't impressive, he has solidified the blueline and made E and Lebda look a lot safer.
Moment: When he scored right after Hollis had called it.
Playoffs: Be a defensive force and keep E safe.
Grade: B (N/A)

5. Nicklas Erik Lidström
Stats: 82 GP, 9 G, 40 A, +22, 24 PIM
Expectations: That he'd reclaim his crown as NHL's top defenseman
Season: He hasn't done that, but after having to keep a squad of young defensemen together in the firt half he has come on strong in the second half. He has been ace defensively and contributed to the offense. He should get Norris consideration, but he won't. Arseholes.
Moment: When he finished up the perfect play for the first goal in the game against Chicago in January.
Playoffs: A major force offensively and defensively. Lifting the cup gracefully and handing it to James T. Howard.
Grade: B (C)

14. Derek Meech
Stats: 49 GP, 2 G, 4 A, -12, 19 PIM
Expectations: That he'd not get much ice time, but be solid in the little he got.
Season: Meech took a hit in his +/- in the second half, but he was better than Lebda. He still is pretty fucking bad as a defenseman, but surprised us all by being a decent forward. Make him a full time forward next year.
Moment: The 7 seconds or so against the Sens in the first period that earned him an assist.
Playoffs: Press box baby, press box.
Grade: C (D)

22. Brett Steven Lebda
Stats: 63 GP, 1 G, 7 A, -2, 24 PIM
Expectations:That he would work on his defense and become more solid as the season went along
Season: He has better numbers than Meech, but has been worse. He has sucked this season, except for a few games with Lilja. DO NOT RESIGN!
Moment: His game winning goal in Vancouver. That was a nice play
Playoffs: Press box action. Decent play if he has to step in.
Grade: D (D)

23. Bradley Stuart
Stats: 82 GP, 4 G, 16 A, -12, 22 PIM
Expectations: That he'd make up for game 7
Season: He had a stellar first half. Then he faded a bit and made some mistakes. A good season though for Stuart.
Moment: When he levelled Anisimov
Playoffs: No repeats of game 7.
Grade: B (A)

28. Brian Christopher Rafalski
Stats: 78 GP, 8 G, 34 A, +23, 26 PIM
Expectations: That he'd be solid defensively and provide some good offense.
Season: He struggled a bit defensively at times and hasn't matched his previous offensive output, but he has had a good season in both ends, hasn't struggled against Rick Nash and his Olympics rocked (though they do not count here).
Moment: When he in two games, shortly after each other (I think the Ducks game was the first one), had identical nice shot-passes that Datsyuk tipped in on the PP.
Playoffs: Be an offensive force, while offensively sound.
Grade: B (C)

37. Douglas Janik
Stats: 13 GP, 0 G, 2 A, -3, 18 PIM
Expectations: Fuck cares, he's not gonna be on the Wings anyway
Season: He has gotten a few games with the Wings and though he has some good calmness, his errors are way too huge, has NEVER been and is NOT an NHL-calibre player.
Moment: When he led the rush and went straigh to the net in the first period against the Dogs. Sadly the play failed and he never got the puck.
Playoffs: Press box
Grade: D (D)

46. Jakub Kindl
Stats: 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, -2, 0 PIM
Expectations: That he'll learn a lot in GR
Season: In his three games he was decent, not more nor less.
Moment: None
Playoffs: Press box
Grade: - (-)

52. Jonathan Ericsson
Stats: 62 GP, 4 G, 9 A, -15, 44 PIM
Expectations: To continue his greatness from last season.
Season: Decent offense, but he has made too many bad plays and too many turnovers. He has been shaky. He's become a bit better after Lilja came back.
Moment: His tying goal (1-1) in the season opener. It happened right in front of me and was the first Wings goal I ever saw in person.
Playoffs: Play it SAFE dude!
Grade: C (C)

55. Niklas Kronwall
Stats: 48 GP, 7 G, 15 A, +5, 32 PIM
Expectations: That he'd be one of the best Wings defensemen and level everyone in his sight.
Season: He missed a lot of the season with injury, but in the games he got he was good. He is rock solid defensively and offensively he is a force of his own. Hopefully he can stay healthy next year.
Moment: His one-timer against the Oilers
Playoffs: 4 goals, 12 assists, 4 HUGE hits and a cup.
Grade: B (A)


8. Justin Abdelkader
Stats: 50 GP, 3 G, 3 A, -11, 35 PIM
Expectations: That he'd learn in GR and get a few good games in Detroit.
Season: Abbie was a solid pest for the Wings in the games he got. Played good defense and had a little offense.
Moment: When he levelled Kane. Bang!
Playoffs: I hope he gets to play and does it well.
Grade: C (B)

11. Daniel Cleary
Stats: 64 GP, 15 G, 19 A, -3, 29 PIM
Expectations: That he'd have a great season and be considered for team Canada
Season: He's been up and down this season. He has been injured for a bit and hasn't delivered top notch on the top lines. He seems to work better in a third line grinding position.
Moment: His amazing comeback game against the Flyers
Playoffs: Grind it out, score som big goals.
Grade: C (B)

13. Pavel Valerievich Datsyuk
Stats: 80 GP, 27 G, 43 A, +17, 18 PIM
Expectations: Compete for the Hart
Season: He has looked disinterested at times and his season hasn't been all we hoped for, but he has played well, dominated in takeaways and was the teams top goal- and point scorer. When he wants to he is the best player on earth.
Moment: His amazing steal and goal against the Preds.
Playoffs: Conn Smythe consideration.
Grade: B (C)

17. Patrick Eaves
Stats: 65 GP, 12 G, 10 A, even, 26 PIM
Expectations: Good addition by Kenny. He should be a good grindliner.
Season: Best FA steal ever. Eaves has grinded, he has killed penalties like a motherfucking hero. He has scored. He has been amazing all around. On a better line he'd score 20, but he fits right in on the line he is on now and could emerge as one of the league's premier two-way forwards in a few years. And he's our new enforcer :P RE-SIGN NOW!
Moment: When he fought Versteeg and Russell. One tie and one win!
Playoffs: Great PK, a few timely goals, some grind and one HUGE fight.
Grade: A (B)

18. Kirk Maltby
Stats: 52 GP, 4 G, 2 A, +1, 32 PIM
Expectations: Work nicely, agitate, be a fringe player
Season: He has stirred shit up, agitated, played excellent defense and PK and had his bet year since the lockout. A shame he got hurt, but I look forward to see him again for late playoff heroics and hopefully next year.
Moment: His shorty in the season opener. I was standing from when he reached the red line and seeing him come towards me and roof it was a thing of beauty. (It still makes me almot cry)
Playoffs: Come in in the 2nd or 3rd round and be a hero.
Grade: B (C)

20. Andrew Miller
Stats: 80 GP, 10 G, 9 A, +2, 12 PIM
Expectations: When he got picked up: This guy's a pest, can hopefully grind a bit.
Season: He has been great. Good PK work, good defensive work. He has done well over the whole ice and scored some big goals.
Moment: His Bobby Orr like goal against TB.
Playoffs: Continue like he is going right now.
Grade: B (A)

Ville Leino is gone. HURRAH! But I wanna grade him with the grade Troll.

24. Bradley S. May
Stats: 40 GP, 0 G, 1 A, -1, 66 PIM
Expectations: Keep the flies away
Season: Worked hard, but his time is over. He did not do his task. He is pretty useless. Good guy though.
Moment: The goal he got robbed of.
Playoffs: Press box
Grade: E (D)

29. Jason Williams
Stats: 44 GP, 6 G, 9 A, -7, 8 PIM
Expectations: Decent play, a few goals
Season: And he delivered pretty much that. Injuries took a lot of his season, but he played okay, but made dumb mistakes and wasn't a difference maker.
Moment: When he scored many goals over a short span of games.
Playoffs: Good PP presence. I'd like him to have a good press box presence though.
Grade: C (C)

33. Kristopher Draper
Stats: 81 GP, 7 G, 15 A, -2, 28 PIM
Expectations: Win draws, play solidly, be good defensively.
Season: He's been great. He has skated fast, worked hard and provided a bit of offense. A good mentor for the young kids.
Moment: His goal in the Blues game we actually won.
Playoffs: Faceoff man. Win them. Play hard.
Grade: B (B)

40. Henrik Zetterberg
Stats: 74 GP, 23 G, 47 A, +12, 26 PIM
Expectations: Show the world why he's the game's most dominat player
Season: Carried the offense for a long while. Then he got injured. After that he was a little more on and off, but had a nice season and was ace defensively.
Moment: Curly fries, though I didn't get any of'em.
Playoffs: Conn Smythe consideration
Grade: B (A)

42. Mattias Ritola
Stats: 5 GP, 0 G, 0 A, even, 0 PIM
Expectations: None
Season: Showed some nice offense and a lot of toughness in his 5 games. I love this kid!
Moment: When he decided to hit everything and everyone in the 2nd vs. the Avs.
Playoffs: Press box I guess
Grade: L (for love) (B)

43. Darren Helm
Stats: 75 GP, 11 G, 13 A, -2, 18 PIM
Expectations: Keep his stuff up for a full season.
Season: Energizer bunny supreme. Fast as Usain, works hard, great on the PK. And I love guys who score shorties. Proved he is the real deal.
Moment When he met Herm
Playoffs: Another kill.
Grade: B (B)

44. Todd Bertuzzi
Stats: 82 GP, 18 G, 26 A, -7, 80 PIM
Expectations: Please have a good season Todd.
Season: He has sucked, then been awesome, and sucked and been good. Works hard, but has no consistency. And now I have to sing his song. DAMN! Also takes way too many penalties.
Moment: The OT winner against Anaheim. A goalscorer's goal followed by a hilarious celebration. Also, kudos for not decking Trevor Thompson when he called the celebration "pre-teen like".
Playoffs: Please be Jekyll-Todd and not Hyde-Todd.
Grade: C (B)

51. Valtteri Filppula
Stats: 55 GP, 11 G, 24 A, -4, 24 PIM
Expectations: To grow into one of the team's elite centermen.
Season: He was injured for a while, but has quietly been a good producer, while being good defensivlely. Needs more shoot.
Moment: When I learnt to spell his name.
Playoffs: He needs to be awesome.
Grade: B (B)

93. Johan Franzén
Stats: 27 GP, 10 G, 11 A, +1, 22 PIM
Expectations: Continue domination and scoring
Season: Missed most of the season, but has been very good since he came back. He is a force and creates so much room. Also, very good defensively.
Moment: When he came back and was awesome.
Playoffs: His regular playoff form.
Grade: B (-)

96. Tomas Holmström
Stats: 68 GP, 25 G, 20 A, +5, 60 PIM
Expectations: Have a better and healthier year
Season: He has worked his ass off against defensemen, goalies and refs. Scored a bunch of goals and played really well. His best year in a long time.
Moment: When his ass pissed of the BJs.
Playoffs: Keep it up!
Grade: A (A)

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