Kevin SchultzKyle Okposo has had a heck of a season-plus, dating back to the end of the lockout shortened season. He has 69 points and 27 goals in 69 games, the first time in his career he’s averaged a point per game and both the goal and point totals have already beaten previous highs of 24 and 52. At this point, you would have to think that it’s not just a flash in the pan; that Okposo has found another level and knows how to get to that level on a consistent basis. But Okposo’s sudden breakthrough over the past 12+ months is somewhat unprecedented and, for the few players that do compare, brings up some interesting names.
Over at NHL.com, Corey Masisak dove through the statistics to find the comparable seasons that other players have had in the last decade. That is, players who had been good NHL players and, in the scope of about one year, turned into an elite point-per-game player. The names vary quite greatly from flame outs like Jonathan Cheechoo (remember him?) to all-star Henrik Zetterberg and other names such as James Neal and Mike Cammalleri. It’s a good read if you have a chance.
This is the uncertainly even with players that look as though they have fully-developed into bona-fide elite players. You just never know what the future holds. For Okposo, it seems as though he has finally turned a corner and done so with flying colors. Hopefully he’s more Zetterberg than Cheechoo.
(And right on cue, Okposo leaves practice early today for an unknown reason.)
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