At 23 years of age, he already has a 90-point season under his belt. How many players in the past 10 years can make that claim? The list is a short one, but Ryan Getzlaf is on it.
Getzlaf put up big points in junior – highlighted by a 75-point season for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western League in just 49 games – but many players who produce that well in junior go on to become checkers or second-line scorers in the NHL, if they make the show at all. Getzlaf, meanwhile, has already topped his junior output. So, where does he go from here?
It’s rare for a player to peak at 23, so the smart money is on Getzlaf eclipsing this year’s 91 points. He has 27 points in his past 16 regular season and playoff contests combined, which pro-rates to 138 points. That’s obviously too high, so let’s take a bigger window. He has 102 points in his past 82 regular season and post-season games.
Since that sample is representative of a full campaign, it’s essentially proof he can be a 100-point guy, meaning his upside falls somewhere between 102 and 138 points. Not many people saw that coming when he was a rookie back in 2005-06. I’m going to say he tops out in that 105-110 range.
The Regina native has been a fantasy owner’s dream. We love seeing a nice steady graph of year-over-year production and it doesn’t get nicer than this: 39, 58, 82 and 91 points…
Chad LaRose is still rolling along as this year’s surprise playoff player. The Hurricanes grinder has eight points in nine playoff games. That’s eight more than teammate Rod Brind’Amour…
Injuries, from a fantasy league perspective: Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter (separated shoulder) and Mike Richards (two injured shoulders), as well as Rangers forward Chris Drury (broken hand), all played through injuries in the post-season. They get a mulligan for their sub-par playoff production…Detroit’s Brian Rafalski will not play in Game 3 against Anaheim due to his upper-body injury.
Farm Report: Kelowna Rockets star forward Jamie Benn has 31 points in 18 playoff games heading into Monday night, good enough to lead all Western League scorers by seven points. Benn is Dallas’ top prospect and he could be adding a Memorial Cup berth to his resume soon. He’ll be a full-time NHLer in 2010-11 and his upside is slightly higher than current Star James Neal.
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