Fire on Ice

02/27/2011 4:00 PM -  Evan Reynar

 

Patrik Berglund, C, STL (61GP-17g-24a-41pts, with a (-3) and 14 pp points)

After a streaky first half to the season, Berglund has been incredibly consistent since mid-January. The 22 year-old Swede was riding a five-game pointless, -6 streak in early January when something seemed to click in to place. Since January 13, Berglund has failed to find the scoresheet in just 3 of 19 games, recording 20 points (9g-11a) over that span.

Devin Setoguchi, RW, SJ (54GP-18g-10a-28pts, with a (-8) and 27 PIMs)

Setoguchi has to be one of the more disappointing players in the league over the past two seasons. The eighth overall pick in the 2005 entry draft looked well on his way to a fine NHL career after an admirable 65 point sophomore campaign, but has thus far failed to build on it, backsliding to a 36 point season last year and an ugly first half this year. He has however, started to pick up his production again over the second half, and is red hot over the past two weeks. He has seven goals in his last six contests, highlighted by a hat trick against Colorado last Saturday. If you’re looking for goal scoring, Setoguchi might be your best bet at the moment.

Matt Calvert, LW, CMB (20GP-9g-4a-13pts, with a +3 and 3 pp points)

The success of Matt Calvert through his first 20 NHL games is really quite incredible. A former fifth-round draft pick playing less than ten minutes a game on a team that is notorious for lack of secondary scoring has six goals in his last six games—go figure. Calvert hasn’t exactly worked his way to top-line minutes yet, but his ice-time is increasing (season high 14:39 last game). He may just be a complete fluke, but he’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.

Dan Ellis, G, ANA (32GP-13-7-7, with a 2.93 GAA and .890 SV%)

There’s no doubt that Dan Ellis has been a disappointment this year, struggling on a Tampa team that seems to be on the verge of elite status, but a return to the Western Conference could be just what he needs to rebuild his confidence. It’s no secret that the Southeast Division can be tough on goalies, especially goalies that come over from the more defensive Western Conference. Joining an Anaheim team that has recently bolstered their defence with the addition of Francois Beauchemin, Ellis should see a decent amount of quality starts in before the end of the year.

Ben Bishop, G, STL (2GP-2-1-0, with a 1.77 GAA and .948 SV%)

It looks like the Blues are leaning more towards the development of Ben Bishop over the experience of Ty Conklin as starter Jaroslav Halak continues to miss time to injury. The 6’7” Bishop has looked stellar in two games this year, with a shutout against Edmonton on Friday night and a relief win against Anaheim last week where he turned aside 20-of-20 shots. He stumbled in his only other appearance to Chicago letting in 4 goals on 18 shots, but with Conklin relegated to waivers this week and a UFA after this season, you can definitely expect Bishop to get a few more opportunities to show what he’s worth.

Tagged: Grant Clitsome

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Comments

  1. Garrett Rees says:

    I’d also add Grant Clitsome, D, CBJ to this list. He now has 3g-11a-14pts in the 19 games since he was called up this year, and he is currently on a five-game assist streak (0g-5a-5pts) with 3 PPP.

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