15.Tim Connolly (Center, New York Islanders)- After almost 30 games with out
a goal, the 19 year-old phenom from Syracuse is starting to regain his play
in his rookie season. With 3 points in 3 games (2 goals, 1 assist), Connolly
seems to be regaining his confidence, and with Brad Isbister set to come back
in the middle of next week, his point production can only go up.
14.Keith Tkachuk (Wing, Phoenix Coyotes)- With the Phoenix’s ownership
situation, Tkachuk has became a vocal leader on the team and 42nd in the
league with 37 points. He won’t stay in Pheniox for long, and the better he
plays, the better the chance he has to land on a team like the Rangers.
13.Rob Blake (Defence, L.A. Kings)- Another player in the mist of changing
teams. Being 28th in the leauge in points, this super-stud Defenceman has 50
penalty minutes, and with the return of Ziggy Palffy, will have a significant
end to a career with the Kings.
12.Donald Audette (Wing, Atlanta Thrashers)- Jeez, this guy came out of
nowhere. After playing under-achieving hockey in L.A and Buffalo, Atlanta has
struck jackpot with Audette. Being 3rd in the leauge in scoring and playing
with a revitalized Ray Ferraro, Audette is on pace for a 40 goal 100 point
11.Peter Bondra (Wing, Washington Capitals)- After a off-season of trade
rumors including the Caps winger, Bondra has managed to regain his scoring
touch of a couple years ago. With a 4 goal game about a week ago, Bondra’s on
10.Marian Hossa (Wing, Ottawa Senators)- When you talk about an underrated player you have to mention Marian Hossa. Playing with the addition of Yashin,
the Sens have played much better hockey and have scoring from many different
sources. Bonk, Yashin, and Hossa are all in the top 20 in the NHL in scoring.
9.Brett Hull (Wing, Dallas Stars)- When the hull is this guy going to realize
that he’s too old to play hockey? Well, at the rate he’s playing now he’ll
never stop. With Modano as his center, and playing for one of the best team’s
in hockey, Hull seems to just keep on doing what he has to do. Score.
8.Theo Fleury (Wing, New York Rangers)- I thought he would come back with a
strong season, but I didn’t think it would be this strong. Being 2nd in the
leauge in scoring, the 5’6 Fleury’s plus minus has managed to stay a -5,
although playing on a sliding Rangers team. His 98 penalty minutes isn’t to
shabby for a top notch scorer.
7.Jason Allison (Center, Boston Bruins)- New coach Mike Keenan has in his
hands one of the best hockey players in the leauge. Coming off a hand injury
last season, Allison, has returned with no ill effects. His 48 points are
good for 7th in leauge scoring.
5 and 6. Ziggy Palffy and Luc Robitalle (L.A Kings First Line Members)- With
Ziggy Stardust coming back from an injury and Robitalle having another
spectacular season for the Kings, these two deserve to be placed where they
4.Doug Weight (Center, Edmonton Oilers)- He’s dishing out assists this year
and although his goal production is on the low side, 11, he’s 4th in the
leauge in scoring and playing with Anson Carter has helped his game. His 67
penalty minutes are a bonus.
3.Jaromir Jagr (Winger, Pittsburgh Penguins)- I think that Jagr gave up his
years salary for Lemieux to come back. These guys are great together, and
playing the last place islanders 2 times this week means that the people at
the Nassau Coliseum better have spare red lights on hand, in case they get
2.Joe Sakic (Center, Colorado Avalanche)- 1st in the leauge in scoring, with
59 points and a plus 23 rating. Playing with Forsberg, Bourque, and the rest
of the gang, makes these numbers seem likely to have similar 2nd half.
1.Mario Lemieux (Center, Pittsburgh Penguins)- No explanation needed. Super
Mario is back!