Which player on a team still fighting for a playoff berth have you been most disappointed with over the past few weeks?
Brian Rosenbaum: I, like many others, thought that after being traded to the contending Rangers, Eric Staal would flourish. Well we couldn't have been more wrong. In 13 games with New York, Staal has scored only one goal and regsitered a paltry three points. In fact, in his last nine games with the Blueshirts, Staal has only one assist to his name. That can't possibly be what Ranger GM Jeff Gorton expected when he acquired the 6'4", 205 pound pivot from Carolina in a deadline deal. Note: Staal must have heard the criticism as he scored two goals Sunday night against Pittsburgh.
Ryan Dadoun: I'll echo Eric Staal. I have been pretty pessimistic about him all season and felt Carolina was right to trade him rather than re-sign him, but I still expected the Rangers to get something out of Staal. The playoffs will ultimately dictate the value of that trade for the Rangers, but so far it looks like it was a waste for the Rangers to acquire him. Henrik Zetterberg hasn't risen to the occasion either. Detroit really needs their veterans to lead the charge as they have so many times in the past, but Zetterberg has a goal, three assists and a minus-11 rating in 12 games this month. At this rate the 2015-16 campaign will go down as a season of substantial regression for the aging forward.
Corey Abbott: Up until the past couple of games, there was plenty to be disappointed about when it came to Zach Parise's play. Prior to his hat trick on Thursday night against Calgary and his two-goal effort versus Colorado on Saturday, he had two markers in 25 outings. Hopefully, that is behind him now and what we've seen in the last two contests is what the Wild will get for the rest of the season. Minnesota has a five-point lead now on the Avalanche for the last Wild Card spot in the West.
Ryan Dadoun: Following up on Parise, let me add Thomas Vanek to the list too. He has no goals and three assists in his last 10 games for Minnesota. Fortunately for him, it looks like the Wild will make the playoffs regardless.
Corey Abbott: He hasn't exactly been struggling mightily but the Avalanche need more from Gabriel Landeskog, especially with Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon injured. He has been held without a point in his last two contests and he didn't have a noticeable performance in a key loss to Minnesota on Saturday. Landeskog is the top scorer on the team with Duchene and MacKinnon sidelined and the captain needs to elevate his game before Colorado slips further out of playoff contention.
Brian Rosenbaum: It should come as no surprise that Patrick Marleau is in the midst of his annual second-half fade. Marleau is a world beater in October and only average until the New Year. Thereafter he is non-exsistent. In the Sharks' last dozen games, Marleau has scored only one goal and registered a mere two assists.