Among scoring leaders?
Big things are expected from Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, and Ryan Johansen. Last years, the three players accounted for 180 points. They have 77 so far this year, meaning they are on pace for 191 points this season.
Yet, that was not the prediction. I focused on Ryan Johansen. Rarely is he considered a top-10 center in the NHL. With a large contract signed over the season – which many think was too much for Johansen – and a 61 point season last year, I thought he would score more.
The prediction was an 80-point season for Johansen. Well, I doubt that will happen. The combination of 25 goals and 55 assists just seem too far out there. Operative word being “seem.”
There is no question Johansen can catch fire, notching goal after goal. But, he only has two 25+ goals seasons. Can he reach 55 assists? With the players on this roster, I think this can happen.
But will it?