Stats vs Columbus- 8 goals 2 assists in 6 games
To say that the 2011-2012 season was a career year for Viktor Stalberg would be an understatment. He nearly doubled all his offensive categories compared to last seasons totals. Stalberg has incredible explosion and speed which prompted him to the top 2 lines for the Chicago Blackhawks this past season, but two things seem to be missing in his game. First unless the other team is wearing a Columbus Blue Jackets jersey, he seems to have a difficulty in finishing and getting pucks in the net. He would be a 50 goal scorer against an 80 game Blue Jackets schedule. Secondly, he seems to make a stupid play at the wrong time. He took 4 minor penalties in the same playoff game against the Phoenix Coyotes, and if the Hawks had been healthy you could have made a case for Joel Quenneville to put him up in the sky box to watch the rest of the series. He was almost unheard from during the playoffs only collecting 2 assists which was a major dissapointment after the season he had.
The biggest debate is whether Stalberg is truly a top 6 or bottom 6 guy. The speed and ablity suggest he should be playing with the Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa’s but his intangibles suggest playing with Michael Frolik’s of the team. Stalberg also didn’t contribute on special teams not recording one goal. He must clean up these areas if he wants to make next season his next career year. He will be entering the last season of his contract so maybe we will continue to see more progression in his game.
Signed through next season for a cap hit of $875,000
Stalberg will be asked to continue to score most likely on the top two lines. He will need to deliver and then some for the team to have another successful campaign, and his future with the team and next contract will hing on next season’s performance
B- Career season but must be more accountable and show up for big games in the playoffs