Last season was an exception to what I like to call the “Ryan Getzlaf Rule” … Getzlaf is known for having average Octobers followed by otherworldly Novembers. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane shall we …
October –> 10 points in 9 games
November –> 18 points in 14 games
October –> 12 points in 11 games
November –> 19 points in 13 games
October –> 11 points in 12 games
November –> 17 points in 13 games
October –> 15 points in 12 games
November –> 10 points in 14 games
Here’s the math – excluding 2010-2011 which appears to be a fluke – from 2007 to 2010 Getzlaf averaged:
1.03 points per game in October
1.35 points per game in November
Through these first 3 games Getzlaf has laid an egg, as in ZERO points. Trust me folks, this is classic Getzlaf. If you have him in your pool, keep him. If you do not have him, be sure to capitalize on his owner’s impatience and trade for him before he goes on a heater … which could be any minute now.
The law of averages wins out with most players of Getzlaf’s caliber. There is a reason he is always well over a point per game every season, usually in the 90-point province in a healthy year. Not to mention, Getzlaf gets you hits (189 last year), plus-minus (+14 rating last year) and penalty minutes (79 PIM in 2009-2010) while playing on arguably the best line in the NHL centering Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan. Even when he’s not lighting it up on the scoreboard he is producing in other areas.
Why are you still reading? Go to your hockey pool and put together a deal to get this guy now!
Predictions: 85-90 points, +15 to +20, 200 hits, 70-80 PIM, 25-30 power play points
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