We continue our “Top 3 Goals” series with Predators forward Viktor Stalberg.
Viktor Stalberg had a mediocre first season with the Nashville Predators. Stalberg lit-the-lamp just eight times last season and added 10 assists totaling for 18 points in 70 games. Eighteen total points is not the type of point-total you want to see tagged on a player with a $3mil/year contract through the 2016-2017 season.
There’s no way around it, Stalberg had a rough go of it last year and the Predators need his point-total to be a much higher number next season. Rich Clune, a regular fourth-liner/healthy-scratch, was the only Predators forward who had fewer points than Viktor Stalberg.
Stalberg saw ice-time on every line last season along with ice-time with every Predator it seemed; he just couldn’t seem to find his game or the same type of confidence he has shown in multiple 30+ point seasons in the past.
I see a bounce-back year ahead for Viktor Stalberg, I think most do. I can’t see how he could have as bad of a season he had last year; the only direction is up.
Here we go with Viktor Stalberg’s top 3 goals of the 2013-2014 season.
Goal #3: The quick-wrister to beat Semyon Varlamov in Colorado
Analysis: This was Stalberg’s first goal of the season. Stalberg shows great positioning and awareness here to get an open position in front of the net and receive the nice back-hand pass from Colin Wilson to beat Varlamov stick-side.
Goal #2: The nice jam-in wrap-around to beat Joni Ortio in Calgary
Analysis: Stalberg shows a nice little move behind the net to get the defenders leaning enough for him to get to the post quicker than the defender and net-minder Ortio. Stalberg shows his skating abilities here and his awareness to jam-it in the back of the net.
Goal #1: Stalberg with the great hands and back-hand to beat Corey Crawford
Analysis: Talk about some skill, this play has it all. Stalberg receives the tremendous pass from Gabriel Bourque and roofs the back-handed shot. Stalberg’s nudge of the puck to roof the puck past Crawford while skating at full-speed down the ice is one to remember from Stalberg’s season last year.
In case you missed it, here are the top three goals from a year ago from other Nashville Predators:
Keep an eye out tomorrow as we rank Gabriel Bourque‘s top three goals from last season.