All in all, I would say this wasn’t the greatest season for Jews in ice. So many injuries, so little production (caused in most part by the injuries).
On the bright side we had a couple of new fellas added to the roles, so there as that. And out of eight teams with Jews, four have advanced to the post season.
Mike Brown was a scratch for the Montreal Canadiens’ last game of the year, a 5-2 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning that evened their record at 38-38-6, so moral victory.
Brown started the year with the San Jose Sharks, coming over to Montreal in late February. He was an immediate hit with teammates and the local media because of his tenacious reputation. After a disappointing 20-14-15 campaign in which he appeared in just eight games, Brown had much better success staying on the ice. Overall he played in 58 games, scoring two goals and contributing three assists. He led the Jice in penalties, of course, with 90 minutes.
Andre Burakovsky enjoyed a solid sophomore season for the Washington Capitals who won the President’s Trophy for best record of the year. He took two shots on goal in their last game a 2-0 loss to the visiting Anaheim Ducks yesterday, to finish at 56-18-8, Burakovsky appeared in 79 games, scoring 17 goals and adding 21 assists.
Michael Cammalleri was a disappointment to the NJ Devils, but not for lack of trying. He was a major scoring force for the team (14 goals, 24 assists in 42 games), which finished missed the last two months because of a hand injury, finishing with 38-36-8, well out of playoff contention.
Jason Demers will not be around to help the Dallas Stars in their post-season efforts. He went down with a shoulder injury on March third and never returned to action. In 62 games, Demers had seven goals and 16 assists. The Stars finished on top of the Western Conference with a mark of 50-23-9.
Zach Hyman and Brendan Leipsic made their debuts with the Toronto Maple Leafs, appearing in 16 and six games respectively. Both dazzled in their limited time with the big club, Hyman scored four goals and added two assist while Leipsic scored in his very first game and kicked in a couple more assists. The Leafs had the worst record in the league at 29-42-11.
Eric Nystrom also missed beaucoup games for the Nashville Predators, mostly with a broken foot. He made it into just 46 games, scoring seven goals with no assists. He had one shot on goal in the Predators’ 3-2 loss to the Stars on Saturday. Nashville finished seventh in the West.
David Warsofsky began the season with the Pittsburgh Penguins before the Devils brought him over in early March after he had missed more than a month between a head injury and minor league rehabbing. Warsofsky appeared in a total of 22 games, scoring one goal with one assist.
Jason Zucker was another disappointment for the Minnesota Wild with injuries and being sent back down to the minors for a time as a “teaching moment.” He appeared in 71 games, missing a couple of weeks as he recovered from an “upper body” injury sustained in one of those games held outdoors, scoring 13 goals with 12 assists. The Wild nabbed the final playoff spot in the West with a record of 38-33-11.