Remember The Days?
WRITTEN BY CHRIS WASSEL | 29 MAY 2011
Remember the days when playoff leading scorers annually went over 30 points? Well what happened? It is just not the same now. Though this postseason has been a little bit different, the road still would not be easy for Henrik Sedin to get to 30 points. He has 21 after 18 games and would have to get 9 more points in the Finals.
That is no easy task. Now we take a journey back to look at some point totals back to the beginning of the post lockout and here we go.
PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS (since 2005-06)
- Henrik Sedin (VAN) 21 pts* — 2010-11
- Dany Briere (PHI) 30 pts — 2009-10
- Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 36 pts — 2008-09
- Henrik Zetterberg (DET) 27 pts — 2007-08
- Sidney Crosby (DET) 27 pts — 2007-08
- Spezza-Heatley-Alfredsson (OTT) 22 pts — 2006-07
- Eric Staal (CAR) 28 pts — 2005-06
Also in 2008-09, Sidney Crosby had 31 points just to be honest. This is a different sort of reality the NHL present in of itself. What this little lesson really shows is that there were some down years in playoff scoring like 2006-07 which had some of the lowest scoring totals since the 2002-03 playoffs. Now 08-09 was one of the highest and there is no surprise the Finals involved Pittsburgh and Detroit part two.
Last year was also moderately high scoring but mostly because of a high riding Finals between Philadelphia and Chicago which aided some scoresheets. This year has been a bit of a mixed bag honestly. Even Ryan Kesler has slowed down a bit scoring wise. Henrik Sedin has risen back to prominence with his series against San Jose but that consistent scoring during at least three of the four rounds is well almost nonexistent. Malkin and Crosby really were the only ones that produced consistently at an elite level for most of their playoff runs in 2008-09.
Will Henrik Sedin be able to rack up a ten point round to go over 30 points? My answer is definitely no but what say you hockey fans. The better question may be who leads the Stanley Cup Finals in scoring and then who ultimately wins the Conn Smythe? We will definitely all be watching.