The Morning Skate: Comparisons for Okposo’s Breakout Season

Kevin Schultz

Kyle 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.)

Also: LHH has a bit of a prospect round up as it’s college and CHL playoff time yet again… Eyes on Isles visits with Section 329

Your moment of zen: the Sports Channel intro for the 1994-95 season. IT’S SO 90s. WHOA LOOK CRAZY CAMERA ZOOM




47 comments
Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

People are so quick to talk about Milbury's horrible trades, and yes, many of them were horrible. But no one ever talks about his horrible free agent signings.... like Garth Snow, for example.

John Richards
John Richards

Darren dreger also tweets that the canes will clean house this summer with Eric staal/Jeff Skinner and cam ward among trade possibilities!! I wonder if a huge package for the staal bros is possible??

jmoney93
jmoney93

Bailey and a 2nd for Reimer...

puckznpadz
puckznpadz

CBS SPORTS: Brian Stubits cites a reports by TSN’s Darren Dreger suggesting James Reimer could request a trade in the off-season.  Dreger claims Reimer, a restricted free agent this summer,  is uncomfortable in a backup role and could “respectfully” request a trade this summer. Stubits believes there won’t be a lot of trade options but suggests the Winnipeg Jets could be an option for the Manitoba native.


offer up the first round pick! get the deal done as soon as the playoffs end.

tag1
tag1

I just got a alert on my phone KO and Viz day to day with injuries

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

I thought we'd seen the best we'd see from Okposo about 20 games into last season. Wrote him off. I like to think he read what I wrote and that was an inspiration for his tremendous turnaround. :) Now, calling Mr Bailey......

wvAL
wvAL

Take me back to 1980

ivo
ivo

take me back to the 92-93 playoffs!

Don22
Don22

@puckznpadz That would be a steal for the Leafs.  Reimer isn't worth a #1. 

Vicp73
Vicp73

@puckznpadz  12 goalies moved at the deadline, not one came to the Islanders, just don't believe this gm can get it done. I see a Nabakov contract extension in the near future 

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

@bubbamac19  Bailey's a lost cause. Okposo was looking good before his shoulder injury. Bailey has never looked good.

John Richards
John Richards

Baileys contract makes him a bad risk!! Very hard to trade!

justintime
justintime

@Don22 @puckznpadzWith Snow anything is possible and if he did trade a number one for Reimer, I bet some people would still defend it, as crazy as it sounds.

tag1
tag1

@Vicp73 @puckznpadz Vic how good is Reimer that the Leafs went out last off season and got another goalie to start?

jepliberty
jepliberty

@rmreturns

How about playing with himself, if he doesn't wake the hell up, and earn some of that contract, that the idiot Snow tendered to him.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@Jason Zimmermann @John Richards

That may have been Snows plan all along to sign him to a ridiculous contract, so if he fails, as he has, no one would want him, thus it can't be fully pinned on Snow, now if only he was that smart.

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

@John Richards  Prior to the 2008 draft, Bob McKenzie referred to him as "The smooth Josh Bailey" during his final rankings. Apparently "smooth" was a reference to Bailey's ability to swindle money.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@tag1

Don't we always wind up with those kinds of players, should that happen again, it would be no shock, nor surprise, seeing who the GM is, along with the sc..b.g owner.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@Vicp73 @willymayshays@tag1@puckznpadz

Ducks have a lot of options, for sure.  Who they go with is hard to say, IMO.  If they give Hiller a long enough contract that effectively pushes them to trade one (at least one) of their top goalie prospects.  Unless they are fine with their depth EVERYwhere else on the team and can sit comfortably on that kind of abundance at the goalie position.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@tag1  True, forgot about that one. Let's give him credit there

tag1
tag1

@Vicp73  Did he sign Streit maybe 1.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@tag1 @willymayshays  Garth hasn't attracted one solid FA in his 8 years , lol

willymayshays
willymayshays

@tag1 

"a goalie on the downside of his career"...most likely

Nabby, you can be a backup for a lot of teams out there.... Or you can start for us!!!!


And rm is like "see guys like playing here!"

willymayshays
willymayshays

@Vicp73 @tag1@puckznpadz 

Vic, Not only does Snow have trouble making the trades, but he hasn't had much success with the FA's.  I say go all in on every possible upgrade.  If we can get Reimer first but we could get Hiller later, I say get what you can when you can. There will be several ways to make upgrades this offseason and I'm more worried about the many that will pass us bye.  If Reimer is avail for trade prior to FA take it and run.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@willymayshays @tag1 @Vicp73 @puckznpadz  Scneider, Bishop, Khodobin, and Bernier we're all no brainers, No brainers for gm's with brains. These guys were all sitting out there for the right price, i also said we should take a run a Bernier. Even Khodobin in the offseason was a cheap upgrade. It's no wonder this team sits at the bottom of the standings

tag1
tag1

@Vicp73   OK thanks, I figure I'd ask you Vic because you see a lot more of him than I do,but I have a feeling we end up with a goalie on the downside of his career that no one wants..

willymayshays
willymayshays

@tag1 @Vicp73@puckznpadz  

It's not like the leafs went out of their way.  Bernier was a no  brainer and I was posting on this blog almost every day to get Bernier.  After I saw what the leafs gave up I thought it was a steal.  They got Bernier for very little.  (of course, Scrivens is surprising a lot of people)   Nonis is a firm build from the net out guy and he wanted 2 good goalies, one came cheep, (Thanks in part to Snow showing little interest)   Personally, IF bernier is better it is only by a slim margin.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@tag1 @Vicp73 @puckznpadz  I think he's a definite upgrade, as far as the Leafs go they did what smart teams do, add depth to a position that they were not a %100 sold on. Keep in mind Reimer got them to game 7 last season against  Boston, and not for a defensive breakdown in the last 10 minutes they would have advanced to the second round.


Personally i think he's worth taking a hard look at, also the pressure here to perform is unbearable, the hockey media dissects every little thing, maybe a change of scenery for Reimer would do wonders