Sheldon Souray Has Re-Established Himself With Anaheim Ducks
A couple of years ago, Sheldon Souray looked like a guy whose career was just about over. He was playing in the minors and eventually bought out by the Edmonton Oilers, his hometown team, after the signing blew up in their faces.
Last year, we saw Souray sort of revive his career with the Dallas Stars. The Stars took a gamble on him with a one-year deal and it paid off. He finished with 21 points in 64 games and was able to earn a multi-year contract from the Anaheim Ducks this past offseason.
That contract is paying dividends for the Ducks, as Souray has re-established himself as a quality defenseman. Somewhere in Edmonton, he had lost the attention of the league and became one of those shamed players with an awful contract (See: Scott Gomez).
With Anaheim, he has proven that he still has plenty left in the tank, having signed a three-year deal with the Ducks last summer. With the Ducks continuing to ride their surprising hot streak towards the postseason, Souray has been an extremely important part of what they’ve accomplished.
Skating on the top pairing, Souray has helped Francois Beauchemin to become on of the favorites for the Norris Trophy. Souray has 16 points on the season, including seven goals, and is a plus-26. That figure is the best in his career, and it’s not even close. He also has five points on the power play.
There’s no doubt that Sheldon Souray has been a key piece of the Anaheim Ducks this year. Not bad for a guy who was pretty much out of the league barely a couple of years ago.