Get your facts straight, without even looking I know Kesler has a 21, 25, 22, and 41 goal season. I'm guessing you meant 30 goal seasons?
Burrows has also put up over 25 for what 4 or 5 straight years now?
Hawks have 4 elite forwards, but I take our forwards 5-12 over their's any day.
Sharks have Marleau who is proven - Couture is not, Thornton is H. Sedin with a better shot, Clowe has NO goals right now, Havlat is almost a 2/3 tweener at this point.
I agree that the Canucks are running short on players who are one shot scorers, I think Kesler is our best at this (Daniel finishes off pretty plays more than he snipes IMO).
Now for the Kings - Mike Richards isn't a prototypical 30 goal guy anymore than Kesler is, Simon Gagne is 5 years removed from his last 30 goal season, Kopitar and Carter are still legit 30 goal threats, but I definitely don't agree with you lumping Gagne and Justin Williams into a 30+ goal scoring threat team (Williams hasn't hit 30 in 8 years).
re facts, read what i wrote again
re williams & richards ... sure, whatever ...but both managed to come up with 15 pts in a 20 game run. I wonder if having scored over 30 multiple times at some point in their careers helped.?
They should put Hamhuis and Bieksa back together. Because he rovers a lot, it takes a special kind of dman to play with Bieksa - AFAIK, only Mitchell and Hamhuis have done so successfully.
They should also try an Edler-Tanev pairing. Though it would be weird to have a 3rd pairing with a $8.8MM cap hit - well better than TO who have $8.4MM in the press box.
Not a bad idea. They rely on Edler so much, it might be time to start making moves based on getting the most out of him, rather than trying to optimize lineup. Apprehensive about breaking up the Ballard-Tanev pair though