Veterans Not Providing Veteran Prescience
General Manager Brad Treliving made a lot of bad moves this past summer, but the worst may have been the extension he gave David Kämpf.
The fourth line center was beloved when he was making $1.5 Million per year on a two-year deal, however, now at $2.4 Million and for an additional four seasons has put more of a microscope over him.
Kämpf is currently injured, but before that happened he had brought no offence to the game and was struggling on defense which was supposed to be his specialty.
Prior to his injury the Czech born center had not scored since December 12 and had collected a grand total of one assist in his previous 20 games.
I am biased towards Noah Gregor as I think he is a solid fourth line player making league minimum. Gregor brings speed and size so you'd expect him to excel down low in the offensive zone.
Unfortunately, he has been blessed with speed but has no finish. Gregor has not scored since December 16 and has just three assists in his previous 20-games.
An undrafted free agent signing, Bobby McMann took the long route to the NHL as he first signed in the ECHL, then AHL before finally getting a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
It is hard to be too harsh on him as he is not getting much playing time averaging just over 8-minutes a night through his last eight games. However, despite limited ice-time you'd hope a goal or two would fall in for him at some point. The Wainwright native has just one goal over his last 18 games to go with a pair of assists.
Finally we have the notorious Ryan Reaves who earned a head scratching three-year contract from Treliving.
The Winnipeg native has been horrendous for the most part of the season, however since returning to the line-up three games ago he has played effectively collecting a goal right before the All-Star Game and has been in positions to throw his body around.
However, he does have just two points on the season through 24 games and has not got in a fight since the second game of the season.