When he signed with the Habs in the summer of 2009, Mike Cammalleri instantly
became the Habs’ single greatest scoring threat. We all know how he steps
up once the postseason hits but during the regular season, his inconsistencies
can be mind-numbing to fantasy owners. With possibly a new linemate
heading into 2011-12, how might his year shape up?
Cammalleri wasn’t at his best in the goal department as he failed to hit the
20-goal plateau for only the second time in the past six seasons. His shot
total was also down somewhat as he had 25 less than his first season with
Montreal despite playing in two more games. On the plus side, his assist
total was up, as were his PIMS and powerplay goals. Cammalleri also
started to see some time on the penalty kill as the season went on.
Season Stats: 67 GP, 19 goals, 28 assists, +2, 33 PIMS, 7 PPG, 2 GWG,
193 shots, 18:28 TOI
It’s likely that Cammalleri will once again spend a large part of the season
playing alongside Tomas Plekanec who has led the Habs in scoring for the past
two seasons. There are several options for his other winger though, the
most likely ones being Max Pacioretty, Andrei Kostitsyn, and recently signed
Erik Cole. This line will likely be the #1 unit, while Cammalleri will see
top powerplay minutes and with the departures of PK mainstays Jeff Halpern and
Tom Pyatt, he may have a chance to see penalty kill time with more regularity.
Though I don’t think we’ll see another 40-goal season out of him, it’s
realistic to expect that if he can stay fully healthy, he should be able to get back to around the 30-goal mark.
Having a power forward like Cole or Pacioretty will help free up some space for
Cammalleri and Plekanec while also offering them a bit more protection. As
a result, he should improve on his 2010-11 numbers. He shouldn’t be a #1
left winger on your fantasy team but as a #2 guy, you could do a lot worse given