For Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks, the 2014-2015 season was a little different from seasons passed. The perennial all-star came into the year looking to replicate a great 43 goal season in 2013-2014, and possibly pass the 50 goal mark for the second time in his career.
After a hot start, having scored 7 goals in the first 8 games including 2 hat tricks, Perry fell into a goal drought only scorning 5 goals in his next 15 games. Perry was looking to get back to his scoring ways before the Christmas break, however he was hampered by a case of the mumps, yes the mumps. He technically missed the next ten games for the Ducks, however he played on 2 minutes in the December 5th game so I say he missed 11. The Ducks did not seem to miss him too badly as they went on to win 8 out of those 11 games that he missed.
Coming back at full strength after the Christmas break, Perry wasn’t able to get back to the magic he had at the beginning of the season, only scoring 19 goals in the remaining 44 games, finishing the season with a total of 33 goals.
Something that also dropped were the amount of assists he had as well only tallying 22 helpers over the entire season, a drastic drop from 39 in the previous season.
The Ducks headed into the playoffs with momentum and were touted as a Stanley Cup favorite. Perry showed up in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals and put on a clinic against the Winnipeg Jets, scoring 2 goals and helping on two more, a 4 point night. Heading into the next series He would do the same in against Calgary, scoring 2 goals and having 2 assist in game 1. However other than those two nights he did not have any other multi goals in the playoffs.
Seeing as Corey Perry is an A+ player no matter what, having one lack luster season doesn’t mean that much to me personally. He had to overcome a lot over the course of this season and playoffs, so I am going to give him a B+ over all for the season. Hopefully he will be back up to his usual standard next season.
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