Inspired by the Cheechoo thread in another board, who was the worst player to lead the league in goals.
Here are some players to get this started along with reasons why.
Jonathon Cheechoo (Joe Thornton more specifically when Cheechoo isn't playing with him)
Rick Nash (Lowest total in a long time with 41, although league scoring was really low that year)
Milan Hejduk(~50 with Forsberg, hasn't come closer than 35 since)
HM:Bondra tied Selanne with 52 in 97-98 and led in the half year 94-95 season, Keith Tkachuk had 52 in 96-97.
Horvath is still a bit of a enigma. Awesome for three seasons playing with a great playmaking RW (well, I GUESS Bucyk played RW those years) and a good two-way player (Stasiuk). But then, absolutely nothing. Probably rather skilled offensively, but not bringing anything else to the table.
Has Herbert Cain ever led the league in goals?
The thread should be retitled to says most surprising leading scorers or players with glaring technical deficiencies as hockey players who still managed to light it up at the NHL level.
Chechoo is not the best open ice skater most people have ever seen, but he has incredible puck control and stick handling skills in high traffic areas around the net.Charlie Simmer was considered a lumbering slow skater, his stats made that easy to overlook. Bronco Horvath was considered an awkward skater with a quick accurate shot and he seldom missed.Danny Gare was a smaller skill type player with no physical game whatsoever. Blaine Stoughton played bigger when he was with the Flin Flon Bombers than he ever did in the NHL, he to managed to score a lot of goals.
Of all the players listed Chechoo is the most exciting and dynamic players. He has incredible hockey sense and instincts and is a masterful puck control forward. Chechoo is more than willing to pay to the physical price to generate a scoring chance.
Rick Nash has incredible skating and puck control for a big guy.Lots to like about his game too.
Bill Thoms deserves a mention. He had one huge year (1936), where he tied for the league lead in goals with Charlie Conacher, finished 4th in scoring, and was a 2nd-team all-star. He also led the playoffs in assists and was second in goals and points. This has to be one of the most impressive years from a RW during his era.
However, aside from '36, Thoms never finished in the top ten in goals and scored just 3 goals (8 pts total) in 31 PO games. He was still a decent player (548 games works out to around 950 games today) and finished 6th in scoring in 1943, but it's clear that he was a solid secondary player who had one lucky year.
Interesting quote from Bronco Horvath: "I'd love to be able to play hockey today with Bucyk and Stasiuk on the wings. I'd score over a 100 goals a year with the 80 game schedule."
Last edited by Hockey Outsider: 11-04-2007 at 04:13 PM.