In just over a week the Kings will be in Minnesota for their first game of the ’13-’14 season. Over the next few days we will go over the major statistical categories and take a guess at who will end the regular season atop that category. Here we go.
Outside of point total, which we talked about yesterday, the second statistical category that receives the most attention has to be goals scored. If a player can reach the personal mark of 30-goals in one season they are in pretty good shape, however there are some players in the league that have blown past that plateau.
Corey Perry hit the 50-goal mark at the end of the’10-’11 season and Steven Stamkos blew past the 30-goal mark and hit 60-goals at the end of the ’11-’12 season.
I’m not saying any of the Kings will hit that high of a total, I would love it if it happened, but with the offensive power on the Kings’ roster, or the lack there of, that’s is a pretty long shot.
In this category, there is likely a heavy favorite in Jeff Carter. Carter lead the Kings with 26-goals in 48-games last season. The closest player to Carter’s total was Dustin Brown with 18-goals. That’s a bit of a drop off there.
But let’s not just count out the rest of the King’s roster. Brown has seen some streaks of offensive prowess in the past, Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar can both find the back of the net, and we don’t know what exactly Tyler Toffoli will bring to the table. That would be something, Toffoli coming out of no where and being an offensive power house in his rookie season.