I've based my rankings on expectations for each particular player.
Doan - Great on the PP, playing like he's 25. He was sorely missed while out with injury.
Boedker - He set a career high tonight for goals. The Dane's breakout season has arrived.
Vermette - Arguably the most consistent Coyote this season. Effort never lacking.
Hanzal - Great size in front of the net and also on pace for career year. Must limit dumb penalties.
Michalek - Great when he plays, as is our record when he plays. Unfortunately he's injury prone.
Yandle - Terrific offensive instincts on display throughout the season. He's now an untouchable.
Murphy - The surprise player of the season. Playing like a seasoned vet. The injury bug is a thing of the past.
Greiss - Has performed well when called upon. Many would like to see him with increased responsibility.
Moss - Good size in front of the net. But in a cap world his high salary and lack of scoring touch will be criticized.
Ribeiro - Has been good, if not inconsistent. Has invigorated the PP. Will get better as the season progresses.
Morris - Great to start the season, but sloppy as of late. There is a middle ground in there somewhere.
Korpikoski - Has rediscovered his wheels since returning from injury. Has looked good in limited action this season.
Klinkhammer - A bit of a disappearing act offensively, but he's an ideal Bottom-6 forward. Great size to boot.
Szwarz - Looked good and was an asset on the PK. A likely candidate for full-time work next season.
OEL - Started the season strong, has dropped off a bit offensively. Still, he's on pace for career best numbers.
Stone - Has a hard point shot, but I'm not sure what else he offers. Could be a trade candidate.
Bissonnette - Plays his role, but is also more than your average goon. Can play minutes and has good hockey sense.
Vrbata - A disappointment. Has scored just 8 goals since his hat-trick in the home opener. Cracking under contract pressure?
Klesla - Has been a mixed bag since returning from the minors. Can still be a force when he's on his game.
Kennedy - Great hustle and, to no fault of his own, an offensive black hole. Not suited to play on an NHL scoring line.
Rundblad - Should get more opportunities, but he also lacks confidence. Murphy is now ahead of him on depth chart.
Smith - Has played well in some losses, and terrible in others. Critical that he finds his game. Nice goal though.
Schlemko - About what you can expect from a 5/6 defenseman. Some good plays and some slip ups when he plays.
Chipchura - Fourth line centre who has seen increased ice-time due to injuries. Has shown he's best suited for the 4th line.
Brown - Has failed to impress in his few appearances this season. Must translate his AHL game to the big leagues.
Halpern - Faceoff specialist who still ranks behind 3 other team centres. I'm not sure why he's here.
Morris from a B+ to B since he's slowed down on offense.
OEL from a B to a C+ for the same reason.
Klinkhammer from a B+ to a C because his forecheck aggressiveness is slipping.
Yandle from a C+ to a B because he continued to score while everyone else fell off the face of the earth.
Vermette from an A to an A+ for the same reason
Schlemko from a D to a C- because he stopping being a giveaway machine but still seems a step behind the play.
Overall Team - downgraded from a B+ to a B-. Only reason it's not a C is because those games from the start of the season still do count Has a chance to be a lower seeded playoff team which is about what I thought going in.
We are on a 98 point pace. That has to be at or above expectations in the realistic hockey world. If you asked DM at the start of the year and said, 49 points half way, he would be happy with that. The good news is that Smith has not played well, we have had key injuries/ missed games, and we have Tip as the coach to fix the problems. Tip will figure it out, and in spite of how we have looked lately, I think the second half of the season will be better then the first half. Don't jump off the cliff yet...
From an individual player perspective, you either over or under achieve.
Over achievers: Murphy's emergence has to be it. he was 10th on the depth chart coming into the season, and now when we are all healthy he might be top 6. Although Doan has been out lately, I did not expect his production at his age, I hope it continues.
Under achievers: This one is Klesla for me. I expected him to be a stay at home solid veteran, especially in a contract year. He has fallen off for whatever reason. Smith is on the list now for me. No shut outs so far and he had 5 last year in a shortened season. He has not been hot enough to get one or had enough games that he has stood on his head to steal a game for us. Add to that, too many soft goals and he is pretty far under expectations.
I can't think of anyone else that is way above or way below reasonable expectations. Being healthy, better goal tending, and maybe a trade will help us in the second half. The constant shuffling with AHL players is window dressing, just looking for sparks, doesn't mean anything, and won't really help us.
Evaluating everyone vis-a-vis my expectations (i.e.: it's easier for Tim Kennedy to get an "A" than for Keith Yandle to get an "A")
Antoine Vermette ... adding center depth has done wonders for him
Rob Klinkhammer ... he does something -- ANYTHING -- every game
Mikkel Boedker ... better this year than last
Conner Murphy ... wow oh wow ... somewhere in Maine, Brandon Gormley is stewing ...
Keith Yandle ... a few too many mistakes for an A, but homeboy's a beast
Mike Riberio ... ****ing spectacular on powerplays, but he doesn't do nearly enough at even strength. I think he rubs off on the team (good AND bad) more than we even realize
Martin Hanzal ... does he realize how big and strong he is? did getting suspended mess with his psyche? invisible sometimes.
Jeff Halpern ... signing a vet off his couch in midseason usually doesn't work out this well
Jordan Szwarz, Tim Kennedy ... pleasantly surprised.
Just Sorta Out There:
Dave Moss ... useful linemate for Ribeiro & Doan, but just once this season, I need him to line up in open ice and just ****ing crush somebody. He plays like he's Ribeiro-sized too often.
Derek Morris ... up there with Doan the first half of the season, but he's been a hot mess since he missed time with the family issue. I hope the issue ISN'T fixed (which would explain it) and that he GETS it fixed soon, for himself and for the team.
Has he been playing?
Don't Really Know Where To Put Them:
Michealek (missed a lot of time)
Schlemko (he's a nice 6D, I'm just sick of seeing him)
Smith has been good. I changed my opinion constantly this summer, but would have liked 3 cheap goalies instead of one huge one. Greiss has been spectacular. Give him the "Less Than $1m Vezina Trophy" now.