We are about 3 weeks into the season and I thought it might be a good idea to start reviewing some of my pre-season predictions. Lets start off with a look at my sleeper picks and see how they are doing.
Kari Lehtonen – He has yet to give up a goal but he has only played 1 period of hockey before re-injuring his groin. He should be back in the next week or two and I still have high hopes for him, and his team who has also been struggling.
Alexander Frolov – Frolov so far has 3 goals and 7 points in 10 games and is currently on a 5 game point streak. Both he and the LA Kings are doing quite well. My prediction of 30 goals and 70 points is still a possibility.
Marc Savard – Tied for 7th in the NHL with 12 points. In 9 games so far he has 4 goals and 8 assists and despite his teams poor performance, Savard has been everything you can expect and more.
Ryan Malone – Malone has 4 goals in 9 games (tied for team lead) which puts him on pace for 36, but he has no assists. Expect him to eventually add a few assists to his point totals.
Mike Cammalleri Despite missing a couple games, Cammalerri is off to a good start to the season with 2 goals, 6 points in 8 games. Keeping up that pace for the rest of the season is a good possibility.
Tyler Arnason – The Blackhawks have struggled immensely but not Arnason who has 3 goals, 10 points in 9 games. I predicted he could reach 70 points this year and so far so good.
Nikolai Zherdev – Zherdev has been a dissapointment and has received some criticism from his coach and general manager. And with just 3 points in 10 games it is probably well deserved. He, and his team, should do better once Rick Nash returns but Zherdev really has the talent to do it on his own. It seems the effort might not be there so far this season.
Thomas Vanek – I can’t figure this guy out. He was a sniper his whole hockey life so far usually getting as many goals as assists, if not more. So far this year he has been held goalless but has produced a more than respectable 7 assists in 9 games. For some reason Brierre (7 goals) has become the goal scorer on that line which seems like a bit of a role reversal for both players.
Henrik Zetterberg – The Red Wings are playing well and Zetterberg is a significant part of that. I predicted he’d improve to being a 25-30 goal scorer and 65-70 point producer this year but that seems to be an under-prediction. He already has 5 goals and 13 points in 10 games which has him tied for 4th in the NHL for points. Not bad for a sleeper pick.
Brandon Bochenski – So far he has been a bit of a flop and has at times lost his job on the first line late in games when the Sens need a goal. But he does have 1 goal and 4 points in just 7 games so he hasn’t been a complete flop. But playing with Spezza (12 points) and Heatley (10 points) you might expect more.