Top 10 disappearing acts of 2013

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With 2013 now a thing of the past, we look back at the year’s 10 “best” vanishing feats.

10. Cory Conacher
Went from Calder Trophy favorite with Tampa Bay to trade bust in Ottawa

9. David Clarkson
Toronto’s big free agent splash turned into a huge free agent flop

8. Hopes of Edmonton Oilers fans
Season in which it was all supposed to come together now a season of how it all fell apart

7. Steve Mason’s five-hole
Wickets no longer wide open as he resurrects his career in Philadelphia

6. Dany Heatley
$5-million afterthought on pace to score fewer than 20 goals for first time in his career

5. Team USA’s goaltending
Strength has turned into weakness due to injuries and average play of U.S. stoppers

4. Tomas Kaberle
Former front-line puck-mover can’t even get an NHL contract after being bought out

3. Shawn Thornton’s reputation
Tarnished well-respected career with one slew foot and a pair of punches

2. Toronto Maple Leafs
First team in NHL history to blow a three-goal lead in the third period of a Game 7

1. Ilya Kovalchuk
Disappeared from the NHL mid-July only to reappear in the KHL a few days later

Ronnie Shuker is an associate editor at The Hockey News and a regular contributor to the thn.com Post-To-Post blogFollow him on Twitter at @THNRonnieShuker. For more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazine.