Monday, February 11, 2013
Selanne's impressive start
By Luke Lapinski
We should probably all just expect this by now. Teemu Selanne gets older each year, and his production simply doesn't drop off. At all. Following a four-point game against St. Louis over the weekend, the future Hall of Famer now has 14 points on the year -- tied for No. 10 among all players in the NHL right now.
According to the Anaheim Ducks' team page, Selanne is now the only player in NHL history to record multiple four-point games after turning 42. And the 14 points through 11 games marks his best statistical start since the 1995-96 campaign. This all comes after there was legitimate concern that his career might come to a close if the work stoppage had wiped out the whole season. Instead, he's once again cruising through the league -- leading the way for one of the highest scoring teams in hockey this season.
The fact that Selanne is still performing at this level is more than just a feel-good story. His presence on the Ducks' second unit gives them two of the more potent scoring lines in hockey and is a major reason why they've gotten off to such a strong start. Plus, he provides them with significant power play production as well, having registered five points with the man advantage already.