Matt Stajan (Centre) - Midseason Grade: B+
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Our Individual Grades:
Stajan is another one of those guys who doesn’t do anything on the ice to “wow you,” but he hits the ice and gets the job done. Stajan centered the Flames 4th line this season, clocking in an impressive 81 regular season games. He collected 23 points on the season, which from your 4th line centre is fine.
I mean, sure he might be overpaid but that’s really no fault of his own. Stajan was a solid 4th liner this season and thrust himself into the conversation as a potential player to be picked by Vegas. As much as I try to limit the weight of expectations in my grading, Stajan did exactly what was expected of him and filled into any extra roles needed. He’ll probably be back next season, but may be a decent asset on the market for a team looking for a leader to play a bottom six role.
Considering how bad his linemates were for the majority of the season, I have to respect the quality of the year that Matt Stajan had. He actually had solid shot-attempt numbers and contributed some depth scoring while spending almost the entire year in a 4th line role. He is absolutely overpaid for what he brings to the team but that is not his fault and he does a great job contributing in the role that he is in.
Somehow, someway, Stajan managed to be the Flames fourth best player in relative goals for percentage despite playing on a fourth line, often times with some absolutely terrible teammates. His possession numbers rivaled that of a good second line player. He didn’t play as much with Troy Brouwer who was a possession anchor as some of the others did, but what he managed to do was impressive and was a nice rebound from previous years. It’s amazing what happens when one doesn’t have to play with Brandon Bollig, eh?
Our Final Grade: B-
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