Season Player Review: Chris Stewart

Photo: AP/Christine Cotter

Photo: AP/Christine Cotter

By Victor Cabrera

Chris Stewart experienced a fluctuating 2015-2016 season with the Anaheim Ducks. The Canadian right winger played in 56 regular season games scoring 8 goals and 12 assists. He suffered a broken jaw in February during a fight with Dalton Prout of the Columbus Blue Jackets and was on injury reserve till late March. Stewart knew almost immediately that he was hurt and the official broke it up with the devastating news coming that his season would be shortened in order to recover. When he was reactivated he fell into a slump. Stewart had to avoid constant fights and altercations due to having to wear a face shield for protection of his jaw. His physical play was cut and points were hard to come by for the winger. Slowly but, surely he returned to form enough to play in all 7 playoff games against the Predators scoring 1 goal and 2 assists.

Averaging 10:48 ice time per game and recovering from a serious injury Stewart had a good production. His physical play was effective up until his injury. He played on several lines during the course of the season, but seemed to find a home on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and ex-St. Louis Blues teammate David Perron. I would give him a solid B for his performance as he produced the most he could with his ice time.

He helped the Ducks greatly in Game 3 vs the Predators with a goal and assist fueling their short lived come back in the series. With the off-season the best for the winger is to continue playing how he was prior to his broken jaw. Gaining power play time may lead to him playing more per game or with different line mates as well, becoming a key offensive weapon.

His future is uncertain although under contract he may be traded to add other players to the team, but it is not certain. With many potential NHL ready players on the San Diego Gulls, only time will tell if Stewart has a solid role on the Anaheim roster next season if he returns.

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