Some very optimistic projections for Steen, Tarasenko and Oshie.
I'll go with one that some will likely see as equally optimistic... Pietrangelo. 40 points in 44 games in 2012, plus 5 in 8 during the playoffs. Our team goals per game are likely to be increasing this season, the guy on the ice 25+minutes and during the important situations will have the best chance to benefit from that. I think he is our most likely to get to 40 points.
Looking at the stats on April 27th, who do you expect to be at the top of the Blues scoring? If you want to factor in injuries, that's fine. If you want to assume Andy McDonald can stay healthy and put up a PPG, that's fine too.
It's just another exercise to see who the best guesser is, and to see if anyone could have predicted development before it happens.
The only players with a chance to hit 40 are Perron and McDonald I think.
I'll take David Perron.
For their careers Oshie is a higher P/G player than Perron. Oshie has 175 points in 262 games, while Perron has 173 points in 292 games. I think Oshie has .9 PPG upside in his prime...which he should be entering shortly.
If McDonald would stay healthy, I'd pick him. But, I expect him to miss 7-8 games. I'll pick Perron as top in points, and Tarasenko in goals. Oshie and Backes and Steen will all be very close to the others in points. The scoring will be very balanced across the 3 scoring lines.