I’m going to let his past 5 seasons do the explaining:
2010-2011 – 6th in scoring (86 pts, 82 GP) –> 39 pts in 31 GP post-Allstar Game
2009-2010 – 31st in scoring (69 pts, 82 GP) –> 12 pts in 20 GP post-Allstar Game
2008-2009 – 8th in scoring (89 pts, 82 GP) –> 36 pts in 36 GP post-Allstar Game
2007-2008 – 3rd in scoring (98 its, 82 GP) –> 35 pts in 32 GP post-Allstar Game
2006-2007 – 12th in scoring (94 pts, 70 GP) –> 41 pts in 31 GP post-Allstar Game
With the Flames just 3 points out of a playoff spot right now in the Western Conference standings, Iggy is ready to go on another one of his famous late-season tears. I would go as far as saying there are probably only 5 to 10 players I wouldn’t deal for Iginla right now: (Malkin, Giroux, Stamkos, The Sedins, Datsyuk, Toews to name a few). Anyone else on my roster would likely be fair game because Iginla only has 39 points in 50 games at this point, and 43rd in points right now … meaning he probably will be making up some serious ground very soon to reach his natural mean.
In red, are his 2009-2010 totals … compared to the other 5 seasons shown, it appears to have been an aberration. That was the year that the Flames dealt Dion Phaneuf for a bag of hockey pucks, so naturally Iginla became the only real threat on the Flames PP – making lives easy for opposing PK units. As a result, his stretch run totals suffered.
With fellow sniper Mike Cammalleri back in the fold, Iginla has the support to drive the Flames to the 8th seed in the West during the last 30 games and his history shows he’s more than simply a great leader down the stretch. You could get him for very cheap right now, and I recommend you do so.
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