Raising a good point about the Leafs offence
The Maple Leafs had five scorers with more than 60 points last season, including three trend-setting rookies. How unusual is that in today’s NHL?
Well, put it this way: No other team in the league has that many.
Seven teams had no players with 60plus points in 2016-17. Ten NHL teams had one player with 60 points. Ten more teams had two.
Only Pittsburgh with three and Winnipeg with four were even close to the Leafs in terms of scoring depth.
The 60-plus season for Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander, The Young Three, happened to be the first time since 1981 that three rookies on any team managed to hit the 60-point mark or above. And consider this, when the Quebec Nordiques trio of Peter Stastny, Anton Stastny and Dale Hunter hit that number 37 years ago, they did it in an NHL in which there 97 different players scored 60 or more points. And they did with Stastny having already been an international player of significance.
Last year, just 42 players in the NHL hit the 60-or-above point. The Leafs’ sixth leading point-getter, Tyler Bozak, would have led four teams — Colorado, Florida, New Jersey and Vancouver — in scoring with 55 points.
Now you add Patrick Marleau to that mix: The optimism about the Leafs ability to score is more than warranted.