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Room For Optimism on Offense

By Bob Trask – After a difficult season Montreal Canadiens fans could use a dose of optimism – so here it is.

Last year the Canadiens ranked 27th in the league in terms of goals scored with 221. Florida led the league with 340 goals, Washington rounded out the top ten with 275 goals and the league median was 253.

With a fresh approach from Martin St-Louis, some new additions to the team and minor rebounds by some of the veterans, what can we expect from this year’s edition of the Habs? We can take a look by applying some realistic production numbers to each player.

All of these totals are in line with historical production numbers for veterans and with modest improvements and/or contributions from the younger players on the team. It also considers the amount of ice time that maybe available to each player.

By the Numbers

NAMEGAPTS
Nick Suzuki244670
Cole Caufield342660
Evgeny Dadonov263056
Jonathan Drouin153550
Christian Dvorak212748
Kirby Dach152944
Josh Anderson 211536
Brendan Gallagher181735
Juraj Slafkovsky161834
Rem Pitlick121931
Mike Matheson101828
Chris Wideman71825
Jake Evans101525
Joel Edmundson61521
David Savard41521
Joel Armia9918
Justin Barron3912
Michael Pezzetta5611
Jesse Ylonen5510
Jordan Harris145
Corey Schueneman246
All Others81220
Total272393665

All of this adds up to potential for significant improvement for offensive production. These totals put the Canadiens within a whisker of being in the top ten teams when it comes to scoring. And none of the targets for the players are wildly unrealistic.

Under St-Louis, the Canadiens scored at a pace of 263 goals over an 82 game schedule reinforcing the idea that 272 goals is not a stretch – particularly if the power play can come to life.

While it is unlikely all players on the list will be with the Canadiens when the puck drops, it provides some context on which we can individually base our expectations. If nothing else the team has the potential to be far more exciting than what we saw in the first half of last season.

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