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Panthers607 01-31-2013 06:06 PM

Players that benefited from a change of scenery
 
What's the greatest example of a struggeling player/"bust" that really turned it around after a trade to another team?

TorontoTrades 01-31-2013 06:08 PM

lately Kyle Turris comes to mind..

went 3rd overall and struggled to crack Phoenix' roster.

then after going to Ottawa and playing with Alfie he's really looked good... off to a hot start this season

NYVanfan 01-31-2013 06:10 PM

Markus Naslund

Kid Dynamite 01-31-2013 06:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Steel Panther (Post 58766567)
What's the greatest example of a struggeling player/"bust" that really turned it around after a trade to another team?

Dan Cleary comes to mind. He turned it around after signing with Detroit though.

Virtanev 01-31-2013 06:12 PM

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Originally Posted by NYVanfan (Post 58766935)
Markus Naslund

Came here to say this. ^

w e l o s t b o y s 01-31-2013 06:12 PM

Jussi Jokinen
Jiri Tlusty
Jay Harrison

Need more J first names to Carolina

X0X0A0 01-31-2013 06:13 PM

Marty St. Louis went from AHLer and healthy scratch with the Flames to a HOF career with the Lightning.

Northern Neighbour 01-31-2013 06:14 PM

Todd Bertuzzi. He struggled to be a top-6 forward in NY, but after being traded to Vancouver he developed into one of the league's top power forwards.

Olli Jokinen didn't do much in his first few seasons with LA and NY, but he found a home in Florida, where he became a PPG player.

Northern Neighbour 01-31-2013 06:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Hedmonster (Post 58767329)
Marty St. Louis went from AHLer and healthy scratch with the Flames to a HOF career with the Lightning.

I don't think St. Louis qualifies, as he was an undrafted FA that bounced around a bit before finding a home in Tampa Bay.

Vankiller Whale 01-31-2013 06:15 PM

Selanne, Lupul off the top of my head.

Ziggy Stardust 01-31-2013 06:18 PM

Teddy Purcell. He looked like utter crap in LA and was afraid of his own shadow and completely shied away from contact. He grew a set (and confidence) when he moved on to Tampa Bay.

Ho Borvat 01-31-2013 06:18 PM

Its early to say, but Zack Kassian.

Buffalo fans weren't sold on him.
Looked in terrible shape last year.

Worked really hard in the offseason and got serious.
Seems faster, stronger and has looked consistent.

Northern Neighbour 01-31-2013 06:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Vankiller Whale (Post 58767659)
Selanne, Lupul off the top of my head.

Selanne holds the NHL record for goals by a rookie with 76 goals. I don't think he needed a change of scenery to become a star; he just needed one to win a Stanley Cup.

Fire Shero* 01-31-2013 06:34 PM

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Originally Posted by NYVanfan (Post 58766935)
Markus Naslund

He was beginning to develop nicely the year he was traded. He scored 19 goals and had 33 assists in 66 games before being donated to Vacouver for Alex Stojanov. He only played roughly 80 games before the pens before he broke out.

Petes2424 01-31-2013 06:35 PM

So many guys but the one who really comes to mind was Dan Cleary due to where he was drafted. He was so bad in Chicago, he couldnt get a one way deal in UFA. He literally tried out for Detroit and even though he's knees are shot now, he's had a good run with the Wings.

hockeyball 01-31-2013 06:37 PM

Brad Stuart has been phenomenal for the Sharks so far since returning. Playing like a high end #2 d-man. Hopefully it keeps up, but after all the grumbling we heard from Detroit fans about how much he had declined we are all pretty thrilled.

Vankiller Whale 01-31-2013 06:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Northern Neighbour (Post 58767997)
Selanne holds the NHL record for goals by a rookie with 76 goals. I don't think he needed a change of scenery to become a star; he just needed one to win a Stanley Cup.

During his time with San Jose and the Avs, he looked like he was washed up, but experienced a huge revival when he went to Anaheim.

Petes2424 01-31-2013 06:40 PM

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Originally Posted by hockeyball (Post 58770429)
Brad Stuart has been phenomenal for the Sharks so far since returning. Playing like a high end #2 d-man. Hopefully it keeps up, but after all the grumbling we heard from Detroit fans about how much he had declined we are all pretty thrilled.

The only people who were grumbling were people who either dont understand what a defenseman is who doesnt put up 40 pts or people who were pissed he was about to leave. Stuart, a guy who moved around quite a bit, really settled into a top 4 role in Detroit and as you see now, he's nothing but a solid two way hockey player.

Im pretty sure those same goofs who were complaining about him last year would love to have him back with the mess on Detroit's back end.

John McClane 01-31-2013 06:41 PM

As a more recent example, both Chris Higgins and Maxim Lappiere have got back on track after being traded to Vancouver.

MeatTornado 01-31-2013 06:43 PM

Pretty much anyone Milbury traded out of NYI

Also think that Kassian/Hodgson will both benefit from the change in scenery

birddog* 01-31-2013 06:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Vankiller Whale (Post 58767659)
Selanne, Lupul off the top of my head.

Selanne? Scored like 76 goals as a rookie.

Gootie 01-31-2013 06:44 PM

Sharp and Versteeg

Northern Neighbour 01-31-2013 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Vankiller Whale (Post 58770799)
During his time with San Jose and the Avs, he looked like he was washed up, but experienced a huge revival when he went to Anaheim.

Selanne's worst season as a pro was with Colorado, where he only produced 32 points in 78 games. He was 33 years old at the time. And given that he had scored 20 or more goals 11 straight seasons (including 3 50+-goal campaigns), I don't think he exactly fits the description. He's more an example of an older player who got rejuvenated than a bust that needed a change of scenery.

To clarify, I interpreted the OP as being a high draft pick with huge expectations that struggled with his original team but later had a huge amount of success after being traded.

candyman82 01-31-2013 06:45 PM

Nikita Nikitin

rynryn 01-31-2013 06:46 PM

Latendresse was fantastic when healthy with the Wild after arriving with a reputation as an out of shape, lazy, soft player. I think his goal pace with the team was ~30 and he was second to Clutterbuck in hits.


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