Predicting Every NHL Team’s Top Scorer in the 2016-17 Season

July 26th, 2016 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »
You'd think this would be really easy. In some cases, it actually is. Some teams are very much reliant on one or two players to carry the franchise offensively and don't have the kind of depth to create competition for top spot on the scoring list.

However, there are a lot of variables to consider as we select every NHL team's scoring leader for the 2016-17 season.

Health often comes into question. The durability or age of a player could impact his totals for the year, regardless of what could still be a very high point-per-game average. 

Age and experience are factors, too. As talented as some rookies are, the leap into the NHL comes with growing pains, and it's unlikely any freshmen are going to be pacing their respective teams—even guys like first overall pick Auston Matthews or No. 2 selection Patrik Laine. 

Defensemen aren't typically expected to lead the way, but there are some dynamic blueliners in the NHL who will rank right up there with the NHL's top scorers. And there are always surprises, breakout performances and the potential for trades that will impact the final rankings.

So all things consid ...

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