WGR is running a series of articles on their website about what advanced stats say about each player. Here is the story on Drew Stafford. Coincidentally, I came to a similar conclusion four months ago in my response to Trevor's GM Challenge when I said the following about Stafford while everyone was calling for his head:
"Stafford is the second biggest disappointment on the team this year. He was a beast last year, with a career season. I honestly thought he was on his way to being a 40 goal scorer. Then he signed his new contract. Then he disappeared. Here's the thing though. When I watch him play, he's doing the right things. He's getting good chances. He's working hard. He's got 127 shots which puts him right on the heels of Vanek and Pominville. I don't understand why his aren't going in and their's are. If anyone on this team is truly snakebit, it's him. the play is there, the goals are not. We know he's capable. He stays."
Shortly after that, Stafford was paired with Ennis and Foligno and the entire line, led by Stafford, went on a point-scoring tear!
It's nice to be validated by someone who actually analyzes hockey for a living.
I hope everyone is enjoying the playoffs. It's been a wild ride. And, this cup final has been great so far. Jonathan Quick?!? Who knew? He's already broken a playoff record for shutout minutes. He went 8 games without allowing a 3rd period playoff goal. He certainly found his stride at the right time and the Kings look like they're going to ride him all the way to a Stanley Cup.
Once that wraps up, I'm anxiously awaiting the NHL draft and Bills training camp. Until then, enjoy your summer!