Depth of the NHL: 20+ Goal-Scorers

Last night I heard Jack make a comment about the Bruins with 20+ goals. It got me thinking, do the Bruins really have the most depth in the NHL? Even according to the numbers?

I took it upon myself to find all the 20+ goal scorers in the NHL. I sort of power-ranked the NHL teams according to the amount of 20+ goal scorers on the team. If there’s more than one team with say, 3 then I just put the rest in alphabetical order. I took no other stats into account.

Here’s what I discovered:

Boston: Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci (5)

Pittsburgh: Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis, Jordan Staal (5)

Chicago: Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane (4)

Detroit: Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Jiri Hudler, Henrik Zetterberg (4)

New Jersey: Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, David Clarkson, Patrik Elias (4)

Philadelphia: Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read (4)

Tampa Bay: Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Teddy Purcell (4)

Anaheim: Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan, Teemu Selanne (3)

Calgary: Jarome Iginla, Curtis Glencross, Olli Jokinen (3)

Dallas: Michael Ryder, Loui Eriksson, Jamie Benn (3)

New York Rangers: Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, Brad Richards (3)

Ottawa: Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson (3)

Phoenix: Radim Vrbata, Ray Whitney, Shane Doan (3)

San Jose: Logan Couture, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski (3)

Toronto: Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, Mikhail Grabovski (3)

Vancouver: Daniel Sedin, Alexandre Burrows, Ryan Kesler (3)

Winnipeg: Evander Kane, Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little (3)

Buffalo: Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek (2)

Carolina: Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner (2)

Colorado: Gabriel Landeskog, Paul Stastny (2)

Edmonton: Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall (2)

Florida: Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg (2)

Montreal: Erik Cole, Max Pacioretty (2)

Nashville: Patric Hornqvist, Mike Fisher (2)

New York Islanders: Matt Moulson, John Tavares (2)

Columbus: Rich Nash (1)

Los Angeles: Anze Kopitar (1)

Minnesota: Dany Heatley (1)

St. Louis: David Backes (1)

Washington: Alexander Ovechkin (1)

Thoughts: So I guess the Bruins do in fact have the most depth in the National Hockey League. Them and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Both of which are pushing for 6 players with 20 or more goals (Chris Kelly – Boston, Matt Cooke – Pittsburgh).

It’s no surprise that teams like Columbus and Washington are lacking that depth severely. Rick Nash only has 26 goals on the season. The second most? RJ Umberger, with 14. FOURTEEN GOALS. Washington has their star Alex Ovechkin who’s tallied 35. No one else on the Caps has even broken TWENTY.

Another note about Columbus, Rick Nash’s liney Derick Brassard has 13 goals on the season. He’s a first line center. Our 3rd line center has 19. What is that….?

Some of these numbers are just ridiculous.

The Bruins 5 20 goal-scorers consist of 2 first-liners and the entire second line. Chris Kelly put up his 19th last night and I’m expecting him to break 20 very, very soon. If this occurs, the Bruins will have at least one 20 goal scorer on their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd line.

Talk about depth.



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