“What have you done for me lately” is the creed of fantasy owners. “What, you got 70 points two years ago? Who cares, last year you only managed 50 and it killed my fantasy squad.” How often do you see a player drafted in the first or second round one year and not in the first 12 rounds the next?
I've put together a list of players who fell on draft day thanks to a step back last year, but are having great seasons in 2013.
Francois Beauchemin, Anaheim
Both people who drafted this guy are extremely proud of themselves. The rest of us have to settle for being proud of acting so quickly on the waiver wire. He's winning pools on his own! Anyone who owns both Beauchemin and Kunitz – this year's two biggest surprises – are winning their leagues, no question. Beauchemin's plus-17 is among the league leaders and his 16 points put him on pace for 31, which would be the second-highest total of his career. And it's a shortened season.
Saku Koivu, Anaheim
I fear that, for Koivu owners, his comeback is over. He has just one point in his past five games. Let's hope I'm wrong. But before that, his 20 points in 20 games were his best numbers since 2007.
Alex Semin, Carolina
After two consecutive 54-point seasons, Semin is on pace to get close to that again with his new team. Except this time, it would be achieved in a 48-game schedule. All it took were a couple of taunts from former teammate Troy Brouwer and, just like that, Semin is on a mission.
Corey Crawford, Chicago
After Chicago’s unprecedented run to start the season, their goaltending has come back to earth. All the same, even if Crawford posts a .500 record the rest of the way, he'll still be a 20-win goalie this year with a GAA and SP that rank him among the leaders.
Jeff Carter, Los Angeles
Not only is Carter very much in the running to win the Rocket Richard Trophy, but he's a shoe-in for the Cy Young Award. It's tough to imagine a player with 17 goals who hasn’t reached 20 points, but here we are.
Andrei Markov, Montreal
As with Carter, Markov is hoping to just be healthy, because when he is, the points come. He is finally healthy now and riding a five-game point streak, plus he has points in eight of his past nine.
Brad Boyes, N.Y. Islanders
Every time Boyes goes to a new team, he lights it up. This is no exception. His act will probably get old in two years – assuming he's still with the Islanders. But until then, enjoy the production. He's playing with John Tavares, so don't expect a slowdown.
Paul Martin, Pittsburgh
This is what was expected of Martin when he first arrived from New Jersey. A three-time 30-point player there, joining the Penguins with their offensive potential was supposed to push him over the top. But Martin has been middling at best. That is, until now.
Patrik Berglund, St. Louis
A disturbing pattern is emerging with Berglund, even at 24 years old. Look at his points per game, year over year:
This up-down-up-down stuff has shades of Vinny Prospal.
Chris Stewart, St. Louis
Ken Hitchcock has stubbornly kept Stewart and Berglund on a line together for the better part of two years now. It goes without saying that if one rebounds, the other probably will too. When Stewart came over from Colorado in 2011 he posted 23 points in 26 games to end the season. So far this year he's played 26 games – and again has 23 points. Things seem to have righted themselves.
Cody Franson, Toronto
It seems that all it took was a coach that respected his skills and understood – and could work with – his shortcomings. Franson has 16 points in 24 games and is plus-10. His pace puts him at a career-high 30 points, which pro-rates to 55 over an 82-game schedule.
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