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2016-17 Season in Review: Micheal Haley

May 18th, 2017 at 8:15 AM
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Micheal Haley is a polarizing figure among Sharks fans. Is he an effective fourth line NHL player or is he a worthless goon? Is he a valuable locker room presence and role model or is he a waste of a perfectly good roster spot that could be used to shepherd along some up and coming prospect? Is his name really spelled with the E before the A like that or was there a clerical mix up in New York in 2008 and nobody bothered to fix it? That last one could be tricky. You ask him.

Haley fits a very Wilsonian mold when it comes to team-building. In the recent past, Wilson (and his coaches) has seemed to gravitate towards one ore more grit players in the lineup. Maybe this hearkens back to the late ’00s, when critiques that the Sharks were being “too soft and too cutesy,” led to columns like this one. Whatever the reason, players like Micheal Haley, or Mike Brown, or John Scott, or Jody Shelley seem to have a place on this team.

By most metrics, this year could be considered a break out for Haley. Clearly favored by the Sharks’ coaching staff, Haley played more games than ever before in his career (58) and averaged the most ice time (9:10) and the highest zone start ratio (53.96). This treatment predictably led to career highs in goals (T-2), assists (10), and points per game (0.21). I think it’s safe to assume, however, that we all know that’s not what Haley is for; he also posted 128 penalty minutes, good for fourth in the NHL (80 of those minutes were …

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