Former Player Tracking: The Fire Cools a Bit

Thus far this season, the players that left this summer have all been playing fairly well. You know, save for the Miettinens and Kobasews of the world. This week, however, the scoring slowed, but the play did not. Watching these guys as much as I can, they are still playing the best hockey in the world. However, the stat card isn't showing it for some of them. 

It happens. No one is going to score 82 goals a year. Deal with it. 

Still, we forge ahead and look at what the former players are up to. Enjoy this week's tracking. If for no other reason than to note that the Wild are in first place in their division, and the majority of these guys... are not. 

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 16 3 3 6 2 0 2 0 1 40

A week has gone by, and the stat line hasn't changed much. Quick, someone tell Chuck Fletcher to offer Kris Fredheim for Burns. In truth, Burns is still playing well. You shouldn't count on your d-men carrying the scoring. At least, not in this humble writer's opinion. 

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 12 1 7 8 3 8 1 0 0 28

Havlat added two games without points. Sharks fans should probably panic and run around screaming about this being the worst team on the planet and their players aren't trying hard enough. Sound familiar? 

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 12 1 0 1 3 14 1 0 0 21

Barker had to have ankle surgery and will be out of the lineup for quite awhile. As many jokes as we make, we all wish him a speedy recovery. 

Antti Miettinen

Good for Mittens, he added another point. He's up to 8 in nineteen games. Still waiting for that streak where he scores three goals in three games, gets moved up the lineup card, and then shuts down. 

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 20 4 4 8 -4 0 4 0 0 29

Scoring has stopped. Chicago has also cooled a bit. Coincidence? I think not. Coach Q is trying everything he can, so expect to see Bruno find a new groove soon. 

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 19 3 1 4 -6 8 0 1 1 24

He has reached the point where is a healthy scratch. That didn't take long. I remember Avs fans talking about him like a savior. Guess not. 

James Sheppard

News is, Shappard is skating and on his way back. Still no time table, but the fact that he is skating is great news.

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 13 5 0 5 -1 2 0 0 0 22

Still helping out his Dallas squad, Nystrom is a huge supporter of Movember. If you didn't like when Nystrom was "traded," you weren't alone, but it looks to be working out for both sides. 

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 13 770 6 4 32 2.49 398 366 .920 1

If any of you try to tell me you predicted the Panthers would be doing as well as they are, you're lying. They hired the right goalie, of course, and their team is playing as a... well, team. It would be difficult to say that the Wild need Theodore at this point, so it is good to see him find success in FLA.

What it All Means

The Wild are in second place in the West, in striking distance of first place in the West. Anyone want to argue that these moves didn't work? 

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