Personally, I hope it wasn't an aberration. Kesler scored 41 goals last yr, there should be every belief that he can do it again - and should expect nothing less. As a coach or owner of this team, I would expect it.
Daniel and Kes were really the only Canucks who had career season last yr. Not only are the Nucks top offensive players not having 'average' seasons this yr - Kes/Hank/Daniel are all on pace to have career worst seasons by a LONG shot. Kes since 2007, Daniel/Hank since 2005. I mean, those are scary numbers. Assuming there is no 'switch' for the playoffs, coupled with the fact none of these guys have ever increased PPG during the playoffs - it's a huge concern. Those are the offensive leaders on this team, there isn't an abundance of depth beyond them (at least not compared to say Pitts, Nash, Detroit etc). You take away the 16 goals Hodgy scored for this team (that they don't have going forward), Canucks would be 10th in the league in 'goals for' - alongside teams like Carolina, Tampa and NYR.
you do realize scoring is down league wide? and probably only two or three players are going to score over 40 goals this season? Especially in the West the top scorers are down substantially it isnt as noticeable in the East. A lot more teams are playing a tight defensive (trap) style of game.
Just look at goaltending statistics there are four goalies under 2.0 GAA which is unheard of for a starter this late in the season. Thomas broke league records with a 2.0 last year and now four goalies are well under that.
Our team scoring is not far off from last year because when teams trap you need DEPTH to beat them which we have improved significantly from last year. we are about 16goals off from last year, not bad considering the massive drops in penalty calls from last season.