While 50 goals are the number most fantasy general managers drool over, scoring 40 goals in today’s NHL is a great accomplishment.
Only 37 players have scored 40 goals a season in the past 10 years. While there are plenty of the usual names, there are a few surprises (Matt Duchene, Brayden Point, William Karlsson and Anders Lee). Looking at the list, some names stand out for not being there. Max Pacioretty, Jack Eichel, Anze Kopitar, Aleksander Barkov and Phil Kessel are among the many names who have never scored 40 goals in a campaign.
Below are 10 players who have never reached that goal but have an excellent chance to do it this season. To predict 40 goals, you’re looking for players who have a high shooting percentage, those who shoot the puck plenty, or have a combination of the two.
I’m not saying all the players on this list will score 40 goals this year, but they find themselves with a great opportunity. While some of these names may surprise you in that they have never potted 40 goals, there are also a couple of dark horse picks.
10. Boone Jenner
It might seem crazy to list Jenner as having a chance to score 40 goals this year, considering he’s only broken 20 goals in two of his nine seasons, but there are a couple of things working in his favor this year. The biggest reasoning is that Jenner has been lining up on the top line in Columbus training camp this year, playing alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Patrik Laine. He’s also expected to be on the top power-play unit as well. Jenner averaged 2.7 shots per game last season while scoring on 14.4 per cent of his shots. Those numbers could rise significantly this season if he can stick on that top line. Injuries are always a concern for Jenner, so he needs to be able to stick around for the full 82 games.
9. Tyler Bertuzzi<