A lot of fans had plans to boycott the NHL when the lockout started, but with the shortened season we have right now, IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO BOYCOTT (it is but you know what I mean)! We are getting great hockey, it’s easy to see that the players are hungry to win, and a few teams came out of the shadow this year like the Montreal Canadiens and the Anaheim Ducks but like every year there is some deception compared to what the fans were expecting. Today I’ll list a few of the teams and players that are under performing.
First up are the Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin, once considered a Stanley Cup contender, this team has been going down the standings in the past few years and it’s the same thing for Ovechkin stats. Take a look at the stats below and it’s easy to see why the Caps are 14th in the East, it proves that event with a team filled with super star doesn’t mean you going to be Successful. They proved they were god a few years back but in the playoffs they weren’t able to deliver. A lot of changes as to be done and the first thing I would do is to get rid of coach Adam Oates, he was a great player but it doesn’t look like he knows how to manage a talented players like Ovechkin.
Moving to the Buffalo Sabres, this team was doing good in the last few years with their rookies starting to perform and their leaders like Roy, Vanek and Pominville. But his year their bad, really bad nothing seems to work on the ice and off the ice, they fired their head coach of 15 years Lindy Ruff. There are 2 factors that are explaining the Buffalo Sabres poor performance, the departure of Derek Roy and the weak game of Tyler Myers. Myers, who won the Calder Trophy for the rookie of the year in the 2009-2010 season, only has 4 points in 25 games and is a -7. Compared to his rookie year, which he got 48 points in 82 games, this guy is probably one of the biggest deceptions so far in the league. Let’s hope he won’t become a Sergei Samsonov or even worse…. Scott Gomez.
And finally, the young and promising Edmonton Oilers. I know they are a young team, very young but they should be able to battle for a playoff spot at the least. They have a lot of young talent but not much to guide them in the right direction, Taylor Hall, Sam Gagner, Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle (just writing all their names made me realise even more how pact offensively this team is) all these guys will probably have great careers and some might be hall of famer. I guest fans still have to wait to see their team dominate this league but with these prospect it’s worth the wait.