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Anaheim Ducks Player of the Month: January

Jason Blake scores a goal on Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE)

I’m planning to try a new addition to the blog here. At the beginning of each month, I will choose who I think was the player of the previous month.

So here goes.

The month of January was cut a bit short due to the All-Star Game, but I think there was one player who shined. My player of the month goes to Jason Blake. 

Blake was injured for most of the season and he finally returned to the Ducks lineup at the beginning of January. Blake came back, and the Ducks started winning. It could have been a coincidence, but I don’t think so.

Blake doesn’t put up phenomenal numbers, but he brings a ton to the ice. He is a smart two-way player and you can tell how well he works with his linemates. Blake helped this team get back together and is a key to our success.

Blake started out slow numbers wise. He tallied a few assists in the beginning but then blew up on the scoreboard. He scored 4 goals and 2 assists in three games against Edmonton, Vancouver and Phoenix. He scored the GWG in Edmonton and Vancouver.

Blake’s contract is up at the end of the season and he will become an Unrestricted Free Agent. I think it’s important for the Ducks to sign him for atleast a few more years. He’s a little expensive at 4 million a season, but I think it’s worth it (and the Ducks can certainly afford it).

Do you agree that Blake was the player of the month? If not, who?

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Topics: Edmonton Oilers, Jason Blake, Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks

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