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03-16-2004, 11:23 PM
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NHL's most improved player?

hopefully this thread won't produce as many quarrels as the other ones

Player Last season this season

Recchi 52 Points 69pts/74gms
Doan 58 63/70
Elias 57 66/72
Riebero 17 61/73
S. Walker 33 58/66
Savard 50 52/45
Datsyuk 51 61/66

and obviously many more

so who would you pick as the NHL's most improved player?

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03-16-2004, 11:25 PM
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I would pick either Elias or Walker right now. Walker has a big difference in numbers this season to last season...Riebero as well...

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03-16-2004, 11:26 PM
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Shean Donovan should be on the list. This guy has had a career high of 23 points until this year where he currently sits at 39 points, +11 and has 7 game winning goals. The season isn't over and he is hot right now with like 7 assists in his last 6 or so games. He is on pace to finish 2X or so more than his previous career high, playing basically third line duties. He also only plays 12.43 on average of minutes per game unlike many of the players listed above.

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03-16-2004, 11:40 PM
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My pick goes to Diagle

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03-16-2004, 11:42 PM
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Donovan may not be the most improved, but he's one of them. Leopold's improved alot too. Don't forget Kipper!

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Brent Sopel. Numbers don't show it, though.

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Martin Erat should get some consideration. He was a good rookie (33 points in 80 games) but then tanked last year (8 points in only 27 games). Since then, he has 43 points in 67 games and has been one of our most consistant players.

Walker, as mentioned, has had a nice year. People forget that Walker had 25 goals and 29 assists in 74 games in 2000. Injuries have really limited his effectiveness in the past two years. This year, he is fully healthy and has a nice complement of players with which to work. I don't think it's a stretch to say he's a legit 20 goal, 50 point guy.

Another guy is Kris Draper (atleast statiscally). I don't think he is any better, but his numbers sure are. Like Lehtinen last year, things are just finding the twine.

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03-16-2004, 11:58 PM
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Draper if you wanna go statistically. Having a great year by his standards.

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My homer pick is Brent Sopel, other Scott Walker.

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overall Alexandre Daigle.

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Scott Walker all the way!

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03-17-2004, 12:53 AM
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Scott Walker.

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03-17-2004, 12:59 AM
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Homer pick: Kris Draper

Actual pick: Scott Walker

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03-17-2004, 01:02 AM
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Anyone who doesn't say Mike Ribeiro needs to give their head a shake.

Okay, I will *maybe* accept Miikka Kiprusoff.

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03-17-2004, 01:05 AM
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Ribeiro
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Aww.. now i look like a big copycat. I swear i typed Ribeiro before reading that!

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03-17-2004, 01:09 AM
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Mike Ribeiro - this was his make/break year - came through huge
Mikka Kipprusoff - Sutter is looking like a genius picking him up for a pick. Deserves serious Vezina consideration
Rick Nash - tied for league lead in goals at age 19 - who woulda thought?


Sheldon Souray could have walked away with this had it not been for injury

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03-17-2004, 01:17 AM
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Honestly, I don't think guys like Recchi or Elias qualify for something like this. It's not like they completely sucked for years, and then all of a sudden started to put up huge numbers. They're just very good players recovering from bad seasons as opposed to bad players who have improved.

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03-17-2004, 01:22 AM
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17 points last year... 61 so far this year

Mike Ribeiro is a damned improved player!!

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03-17-2004, 01:24 AM
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As a Sharks fan this question is an absolute NO BRAINER.


JONATHAN CHEECHOO

Watch some tapes of this kid skating last year, and then compare him to this year. It's absolutely amazing. Then look at his points and goals for this year. This kid has improved more in one year than any player I have ever seen in consecutive years in the NHL.

And if you didn't get a chance to watch Cheechoo skate last year, try to get a tape of his early games. Absolutely hilarious trying to figure out how a kid who could barely turn corners without losing his balance could find his way onto an NHL roster. This year there is no question that he belongs! And his skating is no longer a question mark.

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03-17-2004, 01:26 AM
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Is it even a competition?

Mike Ribeiro




























whoever else

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Ribeiro by a mile, that is 1000 Km long.

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03-17-2004, 06:08 AM
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No, not easily Ribeiro. Going from a 35-40 points player to leading candidate for a Hart trophy is definately the most improved. That would be Mr. St. Louis.

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03-17-2004, 10:54 AM
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Ribeiro
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Souray

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