The 2004-2005 lock-out took a year out of the careers of a generation of players. Now, the 2012-13 lock-out is robbing a second group, and it’s doing it to some people for the second time. Some players — Mike Cammalleri, Dustin Brown, come to mind — may even have benefitted from playing an entire season in the AHL during the first lock-out. We can only hope that this will repeat itself this time with players like Andrei Loktionov and Tyler Toffoli.
I started to imagine the archetypal most-screwed-by-both-lock-outs player, and decided it would have to be someone who was just hitting their productive stride when the 2004 lock-out hit, and then, would be due to get one of his big UFA salaries when the 2012 lock-out came around. This player would have been 23-27 in 2004, and 31-34 now. Both in terms of dollars and in productivity, such a player would be losing a lot. More or less 20% of their potential prime years. That was my thought anyway.
So I made a chart.
Players on the chart satisfy the following criteria:
- They scored at least 25 goals in each of 2003-04 and 2011-12, OR
- They scored at least 40 assists in each of 2003-04 and 2011-12.
|Martin St Louis||159||63||105||168||1975|
Interestingly, only two guys — Nash and Kovalchuk — are young enough to fit with my original definition of most-screwed. The rest of the guys are older. Because they are the youngest on the list, you could argue that they are the most screwed of the most-screwed. Super-plus-screwed. Or, you might feel that an older guy — Iginla, Elias — lost a prime season, and now he’s losing one of his most-prized twilight years.
But this is just one spit-balled way of looking at it. Who are your candidates for most-screwed?