In part 1 of this series, Dave reviewed some of his predictions for the 2011-12 season. Today it is my turn to call myself out on what I got wrong and what predictions actually panned out. While I wonâ€™t grade every single forecast Iâ€™ve made over the past year or so, there are a few points worthÂ analyzingÂ in retrospect.
First, Iâ€™ll start with a few that blew up in my face.
Dan Girardi: Following the 2010-2011 season, I called him a jack of all trades, master of none. I said he was a solid player, but just not elite. I also thought he could be moved for a top scorer.
Um wrong, wrong and wrong again.
With Staal out for most of last season â€“ and not playing at 100% thereafter â€“ Dan Girardi stepped up in a major way. He was one of the best defensive defensemen in the league and even chipped in almost 30 points on offense. It is not easy to get up ice and make plays after throwing hits and blocking shots the way he does. This is just one of those prophecies that I am happy I got wrong.