Dany Heatley’s started this season at a blazing scoring pace with 5 goals and 10 points in just 5 games. As such, I thought it would be interesting to compare his scoring pace with the two forward players from the failed Oilers trade (Penner, Cogliano) as well as the two players actually acquired from San Jose (Cheecho0, Michalek). I’ll rely on David Staples over at The Edmonton Journal’s Cult of Hockey blog to continue on during the rest of this season with his Heatley Trade Analyzer.
Former San Jose Sharks:
Milan Michalek – GP4: G0A0P0 +/- -3
Jonathan Cheechoo – GP4: G0A1P1 +/- +1
Total= GP 8: G0A1P1 +/- -2
Nearly traded Oilers:
Dustin Penner – GP 4: G2A1P3 +/- 0
Andrew Cogliano – GP 4:G0A2P2 +/- 0
Total= GP 8: G2A3P5 +/- 0
At this point, it would be completely unreasonable to expect that Dany Heatley will continue onward with his 2 points per game and 1 goal per game pace. We haven’t had a sixty goal scorer in the NHL since Pavel Bure and Mario Lemieux with Teemu Selanne being the last 70 goal scorer–if my memory serves. However, so far, he does have more points than Penner, Cogliano, Cheechoo, and Michalek combined. Last year, Dany Heatley had a very respectable 15.1 shooting percent on 258 shots. He’s currently maintaining an unrealistic 31.3 shooting percent on 16 shots.
Dany Heatley is currently leading the league with 2 game winning goals and is tied with Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Thornton with 10 points for 1st overall in scoring.
Back to the Oilers… So far we’ve seen two versions of Dustin Penner this season–one that like to score ‘big-man’ goals and the other that’s looks somewhat asleep at the wheel. Hopefully, we’ll see more of the former rather than the latter as this season progresses.