There are certain players in the NHL that are more than likely going to get a minimum of 50 points in a season, like Patrick Kane, Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, however, there are young talented players who are overlooked.
In 64 games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Shayne Gostisbehere logged 17 goals and 46 points in his rookie season. The 23-year-old defenseman was a Calder Trophy finalist, despite missing the first 18 games of the season.
The 5’11” defenseman is not a big guy but makes up his size with his feet. Gostisbehere is an offensive defenseman and a scoring threat from the point. Shayne had more than four overtime goals and a 15 game point streak during the season.
Now that Shayne has a year under his belt his transition period into the league is over and his skills will blossom next season. His mobility and strong shot from the point are the reasons why he will have at least 50 points next season.
In 69 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tyler Johnson had 14 goals and 38 points. Johnson has been a reliable point getter for Tampa, as well as the rest of his linemates: The Triplet Line.
If it were not for missing 13 games and his superstar teammate, Steven Stamkos, Johnson would have had more points. Entering his fourth season in the NHL, look for him to have a break-out year.
After a breakout rookie season with the Detroit Red Wings, Dylan Larkin had 23 goals and 45 points in 80 games. Larkin’s speed and scoring touch separated him from most of the rookies.
With Pavel Datsyuk no longer with the Red Wings, the offensive production from Larkin, Zetterberg, and Tatar needs to pick up.
After being drafted first overall in the draft, Connor McDavid averaged more than a point per game. McDavid only played in 45 games in his NHL debut season because of injury. In those 45 games he scored 16 goals and had 48 points.
Connor was expected to join the Edmonton Oilers and have an impact and he will continue to have a large impact, especially if he can play a whole season.
In 53 games last season Brendan Gallagher had 19 goals and 40 points for the Montreal Canadiens. Gallagher has had over 40 points two times in his four seasons, including 47 points in the 2014-2015 season.
In his first season in the NHL, Teuvo Teravainen played in 78 games and had 13 goals and had 35 points or the Chicago Blackhawks. Teravainen is a set-up man and is good with his hands; like his former teammate Patrick Kane. Teuvo is only 21 and will get bigger, stronger and better as he ages and becomes a veteran in this league.
In 82 games with the New Your Rangers, J.T. Miller scored 22 goals and had 43 points. The American centerman was used on the third and fourth line as a physical presence and forechecker.
In his last season with the St. Louis Blues, David Backes had 21 goals and 45 points in 79 games played. Now with the Boston Bruins there will be less pressure to be “the guy” for his team. The change in atmosphere will be to Backes’ benefit.
In 80 games with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, Carl Hagelin had 14 goals and 39 points. Hagelin was traded to the Penguins from the Anaheim Ducks during the 2015-2016 season after playing the first four-years of his career with the New York Rangers. The winger primarily played on the third and fourth line for the Pens but could easily be on one of the top two.
The speed of the left-winger can beat any defensemen in the league. In addition to his speed, Carl is a two-way defensive forward: which is one of the reasons he’s been playing on the third and fourth lines. If played with the right offensive players, Hagelin could have more than 50 points in a season.
In 81 games with the Detroit Red Wings, Thomas Tatar scored 21 goals and had 45 points. Like Dylan Larkin this was Tatar’s break out season. Tatar’s biggest asset to the Red Wings organization is his puck handling skills.