Fantasy Top-10: First-Time Players To Reach 70 Points

Tom Collins

2017-09-11

We’re now at the stage where a 70-point season has to be considered elite. Only about 2.6 per cent of players will get to 70 points this year, if recent history is any indication.

Nineteen players had at least 70 points last season. Seven of them hit the mark for the first time in their career: Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, Victor Hedman, Leon Draisaitl, Mark Scheifele, Nikita Kucherov, and Connor McDavid.

It’s easy to project Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane to reach 70 points as they’ve done it multiple times. But who are this year’s first-time 70-point players? Some are obvious. Some are a little under-the-radar but can get there in the right situations.

But if they get to 70 points, they should all be considered elite. At least for this season.

 

10. Mike Hoffman

Hoffman is going to get 70 points one of these years. Guessing which year is the difficult part, but let’s look at the positives. He’s scored 25 goals in three consecutive years. His points- and shots-per-game have increased every year since 2014-15. He really shone on the power play last year in his first extended chance on the Sens’ number one unit as he potted 13 power-play goals and 26 power-play points. Seventy points is doable if he continues to improve each season.

 

9. Aleksander Barkov

Staying healthy has always been Barkov’s issue. To reach 70 points, a player needs to a points-per-game percentage of 0.85 over 82 games. Barkov has averaged 0.87 points per game the last two seasons. The problem is he’s also averaged 64 games. Only once has he made it to 70 games, and he’s only averaged 63 games over his four-year career. All signs point to a 70-point player. He just needs to stay in the lineup.

 

8. Kris Letang

We already know Letang is one of the best defensemen in the league when healthy. We know he can get to a 70-point pace as he’s been on that pace in four of the last six seasons. He loves to shoot the puck, plays on an elite team, and logs a ton of minutes. He’s also the top power-play option for Pittsburgh and started in the offensive zone for 55 per cent of his shifts last year. All we need him to do is play all 82 games. (Insert laugh track here).

 

7. Patrik Laine

Laine would likely have hit 70 points in his rookie season if he didn’t suffer a concussion in January or hit a rookie wall at the end of the year (when he had five points in 14 games). But Laine looks to be the best scoring Jet since Teemu Selanne. There are some concerns: his 17.