Santa’s NHL Nice and Naughty Lists
By Mike Basile
- The Nice List
Alex Ovechkin- 30 goals 11 assists 41 points- This guy has been on fire of late and is on track for 72 goals this season which is unbelievable. It seems like every time you check the score sheet you will find his name on it.
Sidney Crosby- 20 Goals 34 assists 54 points- Undoubtedly the best on ice vision in the league and probably has eyes in the back of his head. Sid the kid is a monster and is rarely held off the score sheet. He has four multi point games in his last five games, and shows no sign of slowing down.
Ryan Getzlaf- 19 goals 24 assists 43 points- Getzlaf has been all the Ducks have asked for this season and more. Not only are his 43 points top five in the league but he also is a +18 which ranks eight in the league. With six game winning goals he is clutch as can be.
Patrick Kane- 21 goals 27 assists 48 points- Patrick Kane does it all and shows it on the ice game in and game out. It really is showing as he is second in the league in points only to Sidney Crosby. Kane has recorded a point in each of his last five games.
Duncan Keith- 3 goals 30 assists 33 points- Keith has been a rock solid defensemen this season. It doesn’t hurt that he has 33 points this season as well. Did I mention he was a +16? This man can do no wrong!
Marc Andre Fleury- 21-9-1 GAA- 2.12 SV pct .920- After a rough playoffs last season he was a big question mark coming in to this season. He has answered the bell though, as he leads the league in wins and is in the top ten in goals against. Fleury has finally shut up the haters.
The Naughy list
Dany Heatley- 7 goals 4 assists 11 points- It is no secret that after last season he has been on a decline with only 21 points in 38 games, but this year he has 11 in 39. Might I remind you he makes 7.5 million a year!
Alexander Semin- 4 goals 8 assists 12 points- In his defense he has missed a few games this season, but four goals in 25 games is not Semin like. He was a point per game player or better two of the last three seasons and that is what the Hurricanes except from him.
Josh Bailey- 4 goals 9 assists 13 points- You wait and wait for him to develop in to the player he is supposed to be and he never does. You can tell he has all the talent in the world but it just doesn’t show on the score sheet.
Dan Girardi- 2 goals 6 assists 8 points- For Dan Girardi the offensive stats are not the problem to me. The last three seasons he was a +19. This year he is a -5. This is a backbone to the Rangers defense and he just is not cutting it this year.
Ondrej Pavelec- 11- 16-4 2.94 GAA .902 Save Percentage- Pavelec really has never been better then just an average goalie to me, but I thought this may be his breakout year. With less than average stats he has been a huge disappointment for the Jets.
Mike Basile is a sophomore at York College Of Pennsylvania. He is a huge sports fan, and when it comes to hockey maybe considered a little obsessive. Giving insight on the Islanders and all things hockey. You can follow him on twitter at @mikeybasile1