Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Top 3 Most Improved Players in the NHL
At this point in the season, teams are making trades, pushing for the playoffs and making moves for the future. These are the players that have contributed more than anyone and much more than last season. These are the top 3 most improved players in the NHL.
3. The 3rd most improved is Daniel Briere.
This year, Daniel Briere is on pace for his best year ever in terms of points with 97 points. He and Chris Drury have been the leaders of a rejuvenated Buffalo squad which is 1st in the league. If the Sabres continue on this pace, they will get the Presidents Trophy as leagues best team. This is a big improvement on last year as Briere had only 58 points( but he did only play 48 games) and the Sabres finished 4th. This year he will lead the Sabres far into the playoffs and maybe to the Stanley Cup Finals. That's why Daniel Briere is my #3 improved player of the year.
2. The second most improved player in the NHL is Vincent Lecavalier.
The 2004 Stanley Cup champ is having the best season of his young career. He has a league leading 37 goals and is tied with fellow teammate Martin S.T Louis for second place in the overall scoring race with 76 points as of February 14th. He also has led the Tampa Bay Lightning to 6th place in the Eastern Conference with 66 points. With 24 games left, Lecavalier can get the Lightning a higher seed in the playoffs and with S.T Louis and Richards, they may go deep into the playoffs. One final thing is that he is on pace for an amazing 107 points. That is why Vincent Lecavalier is the #2 improved player in the NHL.
1. The first most improved in the NHL is Sidney Crosby.
Sid the kid has been nothing short of amazing this year. He leads the league in assists and overall points and is on pace for 38 goals, 94 assists and an overall total of 131 points! If he gets this point total, then he will become the youngest player ever to win the scoring title at only 19! Last year he fought through a tough year an got 102 points, but now he has a good club and is dominating. The Penguins are 4th in the league with 67 points as of February 14th. He's been showing great resemblance to Wayne Gretzky, even more so than last year. His vision and ability to know where a play is going is almost as good as Wayne's. He has really developed from a hockey prodigy to hockey superstar. That is why Sidney Crosby is the #1 improved player in the NHL.