It's a bit of deja vu for this week's second and final Winter Cage Match Tournament, which also functions as the first Cage Match column for 2017. That's because just like this summer, where I followed the breakout player tournaments with the defensemen and forward fallers tournaments, we're moving from last week's sustainable breakouts tournament to the other side of the coin this week - deciding which struggling players have truly gone downhill, never to recover.
Here's a link to the column: http://www.dobberhockey.com/hockey-h...-back-to-form/. In it you'll see full write-ups for each player to help decide your vote. When voting, be sure to keep these very important details in mind, especially #1 and #2:
1) There are two numbers in parentheses next to each player - first his "expected production" (noted as "EP") which corresponds to roughly what he was expected to score during 2016-17, and second, his "actual scoring pace" (noted as "ASP") which is how many points he'd score in a full 82 game season at his current pace (through 1/1/17).
2) For a player (or, as noted below in #3, players) to get your vote, you need to believe that the player not only won't he achieve his expected production (or that production rate if he misses games) when all is said and done for 2016-17, but he'll also fail to reach it again in any future season. In other words, don't vote for someone you think is having an off year and will return to his "normal" production next season or down the road. Vote only for someone who's truly gone downhill, never to return. To be clear, each player's "actual scoring pace" is there for illustration purposes only; the magic number in deciding your vote is the "expected production" and whether you think that player will ever achieve it again, either this season or in a future season.
3) You can vote for multiple players, or just one.
4) Only players age 25-30 are included as choices, since younger players are still rounding into form and older players are expected to be on the decline.
5) Even though they're not age-disqualified, Mikkel Boedker and Marc-Edouard Vlasic are not on the list since I was afraid they'd run away with the voting and it's always more fun to go into a tournament like this with the hope that voting will be close, and thus more informative.
Of course if you have any questions, feel free to post them here before you vote and I'll be sure to reply. And for everyone's benefit please try to post why you voted (or didn't vote) for certain players, as that type of insight can be as valuable (if not more so) than the actual voting totals.
Next week we'll return to regular cage matches, and the combatants will be two that I selected from this group of underperformers, so be sure to come back see if indeed their struggle is real.