In Hockey Prospectus 2010-11 were we overly critical of Martin Havlat's performance?
"Disappointment. Letdown. Disaster. No, we're not talking about a blind date with Mike Ricci, we're talking about Martin Havlat's first season with the Minnesota Wild."
"Havlat failed to fill the void left by Marian Gaborik."
"Simply put, Havlat was Ha-Flat."
"We're not saying that Martin Havlat had a bad season trying to fill (Gaborik's skates) but let's just say that he's got plenty of room for his toes."
"Havlat was a tremendous disappointment in Minnesota."
"It may be better to Have-Not than to Havlat."
Ok, maybe we were being a little unfair, but one criticism in particular raised the most eyebrows- the assertion that Havlat can't work the power play.
"5-on-4 hockey is not Havlat's expertise" and "Even at his best, Havlat is injury-prone and ineffective with the man advantage" are common statements you might hear about Marty.
In the first 16 games this season Minnesota is capitalizing on a whopping 29.4% of its power play opportunities, thanks in part to Havlat's 8 power-play points working alongside Mikko Koivu on their top unit. Were we mistaken?
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