1 – Crosby 68 pts in 41 games (2, 102 pts in 81)
2 – Overchkin 63 pts in 46 games (1, 106 pts in 81)
3 – Vanek 46 pts in 46 games (7, 48 pts in 81 games)
4 – Wellwood 31 pts in 35 games (10, 45 pts in 81 games)
5 – Phaneuf 27 pts in 43 games (6, 49 pts in 82 games)
6 – Boyes 26 pts in 43 games (3, 69 pts in 82)
7 – Svatos 24 pts in 40 games (5, 50 pts in 61)
8 – Jokinen 23 pts in 46 games (4, 55 pts in 81)
9 – Steen 20 pts in 40 games (9, 45 pts in 75)
10 – Prucha 19 pts in 45 games (8, 47 pts in 68)
Clearly, Crosby and Overckin are in a league of their own, no surprise there and no change there. but for the remaining 8 rookies its a little different.
Vanek has excelled in his second season playing on the high flying Sabres. Wellwood would have easily had 40 pts by now if it wasn't for his injury. Clearly he and Vanek make the biggest jump from last year.
Phaneuf is just as solid as he was last year and is progressing nicely.
But the remaining 5 guys have all struggled at some point this year.
Boyes is slowly starting to turn his game around after a rough start (I'd give anything to do the Nolan-Boyes deal). Svatos has missed some games but is clearly not scoring at the clip he did last year. Jokinen, Steen, and Prucha have all struggled at certain points in the year but all have amazing potential and have shown flashes of why they are considered among the league's best young stars.]]>
Not that the stat doesn't mean anything, the Leafs still should be winning 3-2 and 2-1 games, but sometimes stats don't tell the whole story.]]>
Toronto is out of the playoffs right now, but if they can get back some of their guys and run off 4-5 in a row they'd be right back in. I don't think you'd find a team around the league that could lose 5 of their top forwards and not struggle. If St. Louis, Richards, Prospal, Craig and Fedotenko went down for Tampa they'd struggle. If Kovalev, Ryder, Higgins, Latendresse and Samsonov were hurt for Montreal they'd go into a slide too.]]>