Scott’s Thoughts: Can Auston Matthews actually score 50 goals this season?

It’s really hard to escape the name Auston Matthews so far this season, between the hot start of the Leafs, as well as his own hot start. Through 18 games this season, he has 18 goals and 29 points, which would put him on pace for 55 goals and 88 points this season (and 82 goals and 132 points in a full 82 game season).
But, the concept of a player scoring at a goal per game pace in the modern NHL just seems crazy. The NHL has only had a player play at least half of the season and score at a goal per game pace or higher seven times in it’s history, and not since 1993-94 when Cam Neely scored 50 goals in 49 games. The fact that Alex Ovechkin is considered the greatest goal scorer of all time and the closest he’s gotten to this is his 65 goal season in 2007-08 says a lot about how far-fetched it seems for Matthews to pull off.
However, Matthews is also a generational goal scorer like Ovechkin, so if anyone in the current era of hockey could pull it off, it’s him.
The easiest way to see if a player scoring a ton of goals can …

Read More

Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Recommended Posts