Final Grades: Forwards Part 2


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GP: 81  G: 8  A: 18  P: 26  PIM: 18  TOI/G: 16:45  H: 37  FO%: 47.8

Ryan O'Reilly was the Avs other magical 18 year-old who helped suddenly change center from the Avs weakest position to its strongest. Radar certainly hit a wall offensively after actually leading Matt Duchene in points early in the season. However, where he really shined was in the defensive zone. He ate up time on the pk and wound up being the go to guy for defensive zone faceoffs throughout much of the season, though his face off percentage wasn't exactly glowing. A glowing stat is the fact that he had 69 takeaways, tying him for 8th overall in the league with Jonathan Toews. Like Galiardi, O'Reilly seemed to turn it on when the team was playing its worst but it rarely translated into points. He is just 19, though, so hopefully he is just going to get better and better. 

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GP: 15  G: 9  A: 11  P: 20  PIM: 8  TOI/G: 17:50  H: 15

Peter Mueller was a revelation after the trade deadline with 20 points in his fifteen games. He showed instant chemistry with Duchene and Hejduk and as a pointman on the power play with Liles. He is superlatively talented but had a lot of trouble in in Phoenix, scoring only 17 points in 54 games. One if his problems was returning to form after a concussion so hopefully he comes back okay next season (I hate you so much Rob Blake). I'd like to give him an A++ but...

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GP: 16  G: 2  A: 1  P: 3  PIM: 0  TOI/G: 13:12  H: 12

Kevin Porter didn't really impress me during his time with the Avs but he wasn't bad either. Joe Sacco clearly saw something in him that he liked as he was kept in the lineup down the stretch.  He is a restricted free agent this summer. I wouldn't mind seeing them hang on to him as an injury replacement.

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GP: 81  G: 20  A: 59  P: 79  PIM: 50  TOI/G: 21:23  H: 42  FO%: 50.0

This was Paul Stastny's first year being paid like a first-line center and despite some maligning he earned his paycheck. He put up nearly a point per game despite the Avs top winger only scoring 28 goals. Maybe the problem is his talent for playing a quiet game, even when he is dominating. He isn't big or physical or blazing fast so maybe he isn't wowing certain people but he is very, very good. If we pick up Kovalchuk (still not sure about that) his numbers next year could be sick. Besides that, he is solid in his own zone and does work on both special teams. He took a bunch of faceoffs (1703) and was an alright 50%. He showed a lot of leadership on the ice this season wearing the 'A.' I'm still not sure he is captain material yet but I don't know how he is in the locker room either.

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GP: 77  G: 28  A: 36  P: 64  PIM: 73  TOI/G: 16:41  H: 100

Chris Goddamn Stewart went to the AHL early in the season and then came back and became the top right wing on the team. He led the Avs in goals and ended the Avs super-long hat trick drought. He was second on the team in hits and got into and won plenty of fights. In other words, his is a premium power forward and this is only his second season. Right now Dustin Byfuglien is proving just how valuable a power forward is for a winning team and while CGS isn't as big as Big Buff, he is more talented. In my mind, Stewart is just as important to this team as Stastny, Duchene or Anderson. 

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Ryan Stoa was primed to be a breakout rookie this season. Unfortunately he is slow in a league where speed in king. He was looking better at the end of the season but he is going to have to get a lot better in order to break the (it makes me so happy to say this) the depth of the Avs forwards.

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GP: 54  G: 7  A: 4  P: 11  PIM: 35  TOI/G: 11:24  H: 22

Marek Svatos continued his regression this season by only scoring 7 goals. He doesn't really add anything else beyond his goals so, yeah, seven goals is bad. He is a free agent this summer so he should be gone. I hope he can regain his form on another team.

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GP: 71  G: 10  A: 14  P: 24  PIM: 47  TOI/G: 12:07  H: 87 

Darcy Tucker. I'd be the first to admit that I really don't like the guy but by all accounts he is a great locker room presence. If you look at his stats - 10 goals and 87 hits - they aren't that bad for a fourth line veteran but I never saw him add the same kind of grit and energy that guys like Matt Hendricks did. I probably won't freak out too badly if they resign him but it certainly should be at a severely reduced amount. God, I miss Ian Laperriere


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GP: 4  G: 0  A: 0  P: 0  PIM: 0  TOI/G: 11:05  H: 2

What can I say about Brian Willsie? He is pretty much a non-factor (sorry to any Willsie fans out there).

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GP: 62  G: 17  A: 30  P: 47  PIM: 21  TOI/G: 18:56  H: 30

I wasn't sure whether to grade Wojtek Wolski but he played 62 games for this team and was a huge part of the Avs making the playoffs. Wolski put up crazy good numbers during the beginning of the season but tailed off quite a bit before being traded. That is the main rub with Wolski: consistency. He has the talent to put up 30 goals and 70+ points a season but often looks like he just doesn't care on the ice. He is good in his own zone most of the time, however, and the fact is that he does score points. For these reasons, I'm still not convinced that trading him was the right move but its clear that the front office had other motivations that a pure talent for talent trade. I hope he does well in Phoenix because I always liked him.

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GP: 11  G: 0  A: 1  P: 1  PIM: 4  TOI/G: 9:59  H: 21

Stephane Yelle was a good late season pick up for the Avs, getting them a veteran center with a ton of playoff experience. Olde Yeller's days of offensive contributions are well behind him but he was still good in his own zone and knows what it takes to win. I was hoping he could be someone who could take important draws for the Avs but his percentage was tied with Duchene's terrible 44%.

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GP: 32  G: 11  A: 8  P: 19  PIM: 22  TOI/G: 14:41  H: 43

Brandon Yip was yet another impressive rookie. He scored 11 goals in just 32 games (by comparison Galiardi scored 15 in 70 and O'Reilly scored 8 in 81) and then added 4 points in the playoffs showing a bit of clutch play. He has a college rep for being nasty and threw down 43 hits adding a bit of an edge to his goal scoring prowess. Tough guys that can score are always needed.  He did only play 32 games but its tough not to get excited about him. 

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