What team, what player, or what event this year was your biggest WHL disappointment?
For me, the injuries to some key players on the 'Tips was the most disappointing. Injury magnet Tyler Deitrich has played his last game in the Dub. Zach Hammil I expected to have a break-out year, but injuries slowed him a bit. Mark Kress missed a ton of hockey for us too.
Getzlaf and Ladd are still great prospects, but unfortunately they were disapointing this year. Simply didn't dominate the way I thought they could. Then again, perhaps I expected too much out of them. Either way, I would have liked to see a bit more out of them.
Chipchura's injury was disapointing. His play before was not. (32 pts in 28 games) But it was really too bad he missed the rest of the season.
Biggest disappointment in a player was through no fault of his own. Michael Sauer's season was disappointing-having it end at midseason after hip surgery. I would love to have seen how much better he would have become. I think he would have been in competition for WHL rookie of the year honors if not for the injury.
Hate to dog my own team, especially since we did win the division, but as both a Bird fan and a Bruin fan, I wanted a lot more out of Nate Thompson this year. Going down with the wrist injury in the second game didnt help but still it was rather a subpar season for someone due for a breakout year.
Just basing that on stats or have you watched a lot of him this season?
I've mostly watched the Hitmen in the 2nd half but he's still a bluechip prospect and a guy I'd LOVE to have in the Flames organization. You can keep thinking he's a huge disappointment but the reality is that Andrew Ladd is a top prospect who seems to be doing fine.
2 goals last night, he and Getzlaf were standouts, yet again.
Chris Durand following up his 17 goals as a rookie with 18 goals this year. Still a good prospect with a good chance of going in the first round, but he was expected to be so much better.
He still impressed me every time I saw him, and I'm quite pleased with his season, because he has a chance to fall to the Canucks now. I still think he's the best draft eligible passer in the WHL this year.
If anything I'd say he's been the most frustrating guy for Hitmen fans to watch.
I would agree... I think most any Calgary fan would agree... flashy bag of tricks... but doesn't put up the points you would expect (kinda alot like Maxin Afinegenov).... but -as much as I like him- I don't think Pushkarov will even ever get to frustrate us at the NHL level...
If he can't put up more points in the WHL as a late-19/20-yr-old (ya -I know, I know... he had to adjust to NA for abit)... then what can we expect from him at the next level??
I like him... I just don't think he will be anything special at the next level... and isn't really anything special now if you look at his overall game and are not dazzled by the odd flashy move....