Higgins will score 30 this year!
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07-29-2006, 12:13 PM
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I must have missed the memo. Everyone is predicting 40 goals for Ryder? I'm not expecting that.
As for everyone assuming that Koivu will play with Ryder and Higgins, that remains to be seen as well. Let's not forget that we have a new head coach and assistant coach.
I'd be quite happy with 33 from Ryder and 28 from Higgins. What would make me even happier would be 30-goal seasons from Samsonov and Kovalev, they certainly have the talent to be doing it annually. Early in his career I expected Samsonov to be a 40-goal scorer.
Here is an optimist's outlook on what the Hab players are CAPABLE of producing this season IMO:
Would have put them third in league scoring last season - I see four or five teams breaking the 300-goal mark this season as goal scoring continues to climb.
So the Habs are CAPABLE of being a top 5 team in terms of offence IMO, but it's not very likely - that would be a considerable improvement with every returning Hab forward scoring more goals than last season except Begin. I'm sure there will be injuries and I'm sure some players won't reach those numbers, but there is also room for surprises. Souray and/or Markov could score 15+ goals, Perezhogin could score anywhere from 7-27 - he's a real wild card, as are Plekanec and Kostitsyn.
The third line is capable of scoring 60 goals but may end up with 40. Last year they scored 34 goals combined, but Plekanec and Perezhogin were rookies and were bounced around. Perezhogin will get a chance to take some of Bulis' ice time, and he's capable of notching 20 without question. I also expect Plekanec to find the back of the net more as he adapts to the NHL.
I think you're being slightly optimistic on those numbers, especially for the bottom 6. The first 6 should average 25 goals(the way I see it there will be two 30/+ scorers, two 25 scorers and two 20 or less), so we pretty much agree on that.
However, I don't think Johnson will score 18, in Phoenix, he was often used on the top 2 lines and I'm sure that helped his offensive production. Only way he hits those numbers is if he steals Ribs' spot as the 2nd line C(very possible IMO).
I don't think Pleks will get over 15 either. I love him, but I think with the way our offense is balanced, he will be reduced to more of a checking role, which is fine with me.
I also don't think Perez will get over 15. Am I the only one who thinks he doesn't fit at all on the 3rd line? Perez is a wildcard for me, he had a great start to the season then proceeded to suck *** for the rest of the season until the playoffs where he picked it up again. I honestly don't want to put an estimate on his goalscorers, but let's just say, I'm not expecting too much after last year, especially if he plays on the bottom 2 lines on a line that is defensively responsible.
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