2.20.2007

Stafford story interesting in reality, EHM

Drew Stafford is a very interesting character both in real life, and in EHM.
In his real career, he is currently with Buffalo in the NHL on his ninth call-up. Talk about an insecure future right there. Stafford rates as a skilled goal-scorer with 70-80 point potential in my book. In his short career so far, he has played in the NHL, AHL, and NCAA as far as well-known leagues. He had a reasonable college career, averaging 42 points with a career high of 47. In the AHL, he might still count as a rookie, as this is first AHL season, but he has also played 3 years in college. He has 22 goals and 44 points in 34 AHL games, and was in the AHL All-Star game with PlanetUSA. In the NHL, he has played 20 games in 9 different call-ups, and has scored 3 goals and 6 points. He is a consistent player with a minus-1 rating in the NHL, along with 14 penalty minutes and 1 power play goal. Actually, if you pro-rate his totals, he would have 80 games, 12 goals and 24 points for a nice rookie debut. He would also have 4 power play goals, 56 penalty minutes, and probably either -2 or +2 on his plus/minus rating, more likely the -2.
In EastSide Hockey Manager, Stafford's story is way different. He was acquired by the Edmonton Oilers from free agency after playing 38 games in 06-07 with Albany in the AHL. He then played 27 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and finished the year with 18 goals and 26 assists. He was then released by the Oilers as a free agent, signed with them again, and is currently their 13th forward. He has been criticized by the fantasy media, and show nowhere near as much potential in EHM as he does in reality.
That's all for today.

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