Thread: Speculation: Jordan Staal V
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05-29-2012, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Blueline Bomber View Post
I agree. The problem I'm seeing is that if both hit 100, I can't see a lot of room for Staal to hit 60.

If the Penguins score more than the highest goalscoring team since 05-06 (Washington in 09-10 scored 313), then Staal could hit 60. 60 points is about 19% of the team's total goals scored (assuming they hit 313), and he put up an equivalent amount back in 09-10, when he last played that 3rd line role. Not impossible, but a stretch.

I think with the way goal-scoring as been league-wide though, and the division Pittsburgh plays in (since facing Lundqvist, Brodeur, etc. would definitely have an effect on a team's total goals. It probably had an effect on Washington's 313), 313 would be a little much. I could see anywhere from 250 to 290 for Pittsburgh next year.
It wouldn't need to be nearly that high. The Pens scored 260 goals in '08-'09, when both Sid and Geno scored 100+ points and Staal scored 49. All three have improved since then, and the Pens scored 273 last year without Crosby for most of the year, so the league-wide goal-scoring dip apparently hasn't affected them too adversely.

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