OFFENCE ON ICE
Sidney Crosby is not the
only player going through an early season hiccup. Here are four players that are waiting to break out:
Ryan Johansen, Nashville
The top-line centre, who scored 33 goals with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013-14, is more of a playmaker than a finisher, but no goals in 16 games (he has eight assists) is concerning, considering that he just signed an eight-year contract worth US$64 million.
Brent Burns, San Jose
The blue-liner won the Norris Trophy last year after scoring 29 goals. Despite averaging more shots on net this season, the well has dried up. Burns has seven assists, but no goals after 16 games.
William Nylander, Toronto
Playing on a line with Auston Matthews, Nylander started the year with three goals and nine points in his first eight games. Since then, he’s struggled to find offensive consistency with no goals and four assists in the last 11 games.
Zdeno Chara, Boston
Is Father Time finally catching up to the 40-year-old defenceman? Based on his declining offensive production, it appears so. Chara, who has one goal, has clumped all five of his points together in two games this year.