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Greg’s Report Cards: Viktor Stalberg

By Greg Boysen

GP   G   A   P   +/-   PIM   PPG   SHG   GWG   SOG   S%

79   22  21 43   6        34        0          0           6         215   10.2    Regular Season

6      0     2     2   0          8         0          0           0          20     0.0    Playoffs

Contract Status: signed through 2012-2013 ($875,000 cap hit)

Viktor Stalberg went from being one of the most frustrating Blackhawks in October to one of the best in March.  It was a joy to watch Stalberg’s improvement from game to game.  I have been saying since the beginning of the 2010-2011 season that if Stalberg’s hands and head ever caught up to his feet he could be a special player.  We started to see all three elements line up down the stretch run.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see too much of that in the playoffs.  Viktor set career highs in goals, assists, points and +/-.  6 games versus the Columbus Blue Jackets helped set those career highs.  He owned the BJs with 8 goals and 2 assists.  His 215 shots on goal were a career high as well and was good for 4th on the team. Only Patrick Sharp and Dave Bolland had more than his 20 shots in the playoffs.  Stalberg has the rare combo of both world class speed and good size.   Next season, I want to see Stalberg on the power play.  I am not sure why Q never tried to use Stalberg on the horrid power play.  Viktor proved to be one of the best values in the league.  The New York Rangers paid Brad Richards $7.8 million for 25 goals.  The Hawks paid $850K for Stalberg’s 22.  If Vik gets off to a hot start next season, don’t be surprised to see him get a long contract extension.

2011-2012 Final Grade: B