Can Kessel still score 40 goals this season?
yes he can.
the opportunity is very real but will he?
currently sitting at 34 goals, he only needs 6 more ( look at me with all my math skills!)
with Lupul out some will see that as a significant challenge, which it will result in, but I believe Kessel can get at minimum 38 goals to cap off a good year for him ( statistically).
thoughts? would kessel getting 40 make missing the playoffs less painful?
When Kessel gets hot he makes his own offense but he really likes to streak. Kessel could could get 6 goals, 12 goals or even no goals for the rest of the season...he is just like that.
Yeah, just look at the start of the season. I'm pretty sure he had 10 goals in the first 11 games.. That's a ridiculous pace. However, he will also go stretches of 5 or more games with no goals, but it always seems to balance out. He's definitely been scoring at a higher clip this year too and just seems to be getting more comfortable.
I think it's pretty realistic, considering how much more time he is being used. And I guess it does take a little away from the sting, as he has clearly shown that he has grown, and hopefully develops further in his career. Ultimately, drafting galchenyuk would be the ultimate consolation prize, and watching the two of them together would be something special to watch.