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Statistically Speaking: Projected Top 300 Scorers


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When projecting the top NHL scorers for the 2017-2018 season, there is really only one choice for top spot, Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid.


The reigning scoring champ is still just 20-years-old and his speed allows him to create so many more chances. This doesn’t guarantee that McDavid will win the scoring race, of course, because he still needs help from linemates and to stay healthy, but even a player as great as Sidney Crosby, at this stage of his career, can’t be expected to surpass 100 points – he’s done it once in the past seven seasons – and that’s the mark that McDavid hit last season, his first full year in the NHL.


McDavid is on top, followed by Crosby, Patrick Kane, Nikita Kucherov, Jamie Bennand Nicklas Backstrom, with Tyler Seguin and Vladimir Tarasenko not far behind.

One interesting note is that, even though my projections are typically conservative when it comes to rookies, there are not any forecasted to make a major scoring impact next season. Arizona’s Clayton Keller is my highest forecasted rookie and that’s with only 41 points. Surely, at least one rookie scorer should break through for more than that, but it may be heavily-dependent on opportunity and, right now, none stand out in prime scoring roles. 


So, keep tabs on Keller, Vancouver’s Brock Boeser, the Islanders duo of Josh Ho-Sang and Mathew Barzal, as well as the top two picks from the 2017 Draft, Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick, but none of them currently look like they are going to have the kind of impact that we’ve seen from the likes of Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Jack Eichel and McDavid when they have been rookies.   


There is certainly enough time between now and the start of the regular season for the projections to change, as more information becomes available but, for now, feast on the Top 300 projected scorers. Complete fantasy rankings to follow soon.




#67: H. Sedin - 54 pts, 80 GP

#81: D. Sedin - 52 pts, 82 GP

#120: Horvat - 47 pts, 80 GP

#163: Vanek - 42 pts, 73 GP

#171: Gagner - 41 pts, 74 GP

#178: Eriksson - 40 pts, 70 GP

#213: Boeser - 36 pts, 78 GP

#236: Sutter - 33 pts, 75 G

#270: Baertschi - 30 pts, 70 GP

#281: Granlund - 30 pts, 76 GP


In my opinion, No way Horvat doesnt hit 50+ points, Boeser probably gets 40+ points at the minimal IMO, Baertschi gets 40 + points atleast.



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