Former Player Tracking: Hey Burnzie... Suit Up

The position of Burns' stick here suggests he shot the puck. I could be wrong. It's been awhile since I have seen this mythical "shooting of the puck."

Tracking the former players was an idea one of our fine readers suggested this summer. When it was suggested, it sounded like a real pain in the butt for absolutely no return. After all, who in the world was going to miss Antti Miettinen? No one, that's who.

Now nearly a month into the season, it is clear that there are players no one will miss, and the guys the fans are going to miss are going to be sorely missed. Today, we come across the first example of when one of these guys is a critical loss to the lineup. If you read the title, you know who it is.

Now, make the jump and let's look to see if anyone else deserves to be missed.

Brent Burns


Brent Burns

#88 / Defenseman / San Jose Sharks

6-5

219

Mar 09, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Brent Burns 8 2 1 3 3 0 1 0 0 25

 

The scoring paced has slowed a bit, but the pure presence of Brent Burns is missed on the Wild's roster. Clearly the return for Burns was a windfall of talent, but with the current injury situation, it sure would be nice to have that pairing of Schultz and Burns back on the ice. Our friends at Fear the Fin certainly like him, which is always a good sign.

Now... can he suit up for the Wild tomorrow night?

Martin Havlat


Martin Havlat

#9 / San Jose Sharks

6-2

217

Apr 19, 1981



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Martin Havlat 4 0 5 5 2 4 0 0 0 9


Uh-oh. Five assists in only four games. Clearly the Wild should have traded Koivu and kept Marty.

Cam Barker


Cam Barker

#13 / Defenseman / Edmonton Oilers

6-3

215

Apr 04, 1986



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Cam Barker 10 1 0 1 3 10 1 0 0 14

 

So Kobe found the net, huh? Can't wait for the follow up of not being able to stop the next 16 odd man rushes from occuring.

Antti Miettinen

Creeping up a bit with seven points in 15 games. You know, as a former top line NHLer playing against a much weaker KHL. But hey... I guess someone somewhere misses him.

Andrew Brunette


Andrew Brunette

#15 / Left Wing / Chicago Blackhawks

6-1

215

Aug 24, 1973



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Andrew Brunette 9 2 2 4 -3 0 2 0 0 12


Four points, nine games... just more Bruno being Bruno. Those two PPGs are looking pretty sweet right about now, though.

Chuck Kobasew


Chuck Kobasew

#17 / Right Wing / Colorado Avalanche

6-0

192

Apr 17, 1982



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Chuck Kobasew 10 1 0 1 -5 6 0 0 0 14

I vote Chuck Kobasew off the Island. Is that allowed under the CBA? Even tracking him briefly this one time per week makes me want to fall asleep. Its all just so very... meh.

James Sheppard

Listed on the Sharks injured reserve after the second knee surgery this summer, Sheppard is not currently skating.

Eric Nystrom


Eric Nystrom

#24 / Left Wing / Dallas Stars

6-1

193

Feb 14, 1983



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Eric Nystrom 5 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 9

Look at that, a goal for Nystrom. Clearly the Wild let go of the only offensive talent they had. I'm being snarky again. I apologize.

Jose Theodore


Jose Theodore

#60 / Goalie / Florida Panthers

5-11

185

Sep 13, 1976



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Jose Theodore 6 343 3 2 15 2.62 173 158 .913 1

Things in FLA seem to be slowing down just a bit for Theo. Not surprising. The team in front him is, shall we say, not that good. He also is battling a "lower body injury," which is never good for a goaltender. Here's hoping Theo is back at it soon.

What it All Means

Is there a way to trade say, a couple hundred seventh round picks and get Burns back? I know his play was up and down, but with Marek Zidlicky's disappearance, and the injuries, his down play would even be welcome at this point. Or maybe it wouldn't, and I'm starting to see some holes in the D that just aren't able to be filled.

Certainly no one else on the list can be overly missed, right? Or am I wrong here?

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