While the first month of the 2017-18 season has gone swimmingly for the expansion darlings in Vegas, it’s been a few other clubs enjoying the most riches from their off-season gambles so far. In St. Louis, taking a flyer on Brayden Schenn spun into a dominant top line that’s outscored even the otherworldly Tampa Bay Lightning trio at even strength. And in Philadelphia, the risky decision to move centreman Claude Giroux to the wing has resulted in 60 combined points for the captain and his linemates. But while the season’s early goings have been highlighted by a number of breakout lines and potentially historic performances (see: Kucherov, Nikita), one question remains: where did all of the former big dogs run off to? Let’s take a trip down memory lane to June 11, 2017 – the final day of the 2016-17 regular season. Here’s how the league’s top 10 scorers looked when that final whistle blew: 1. Connor McDavid: 100 points 2. Sidney Crosby: 89 points 3. Patrick Kane: 89 points 4. Nicklas Backstrom: 86 points 5. Nikita Kucherov: 85 pts 6. Brad Marchand: 85 pts 7. Mark Scheifele: 82 points 8. Leon Draisaitl: 77 points 9. Brent Burns: 76 points 10. Vladimir Tarasenko: 75 points Through the opening month of 2017-18, only two from that 10-man group have gotten off to strong enough starts to currently rank among the league’s top 10 – Kucherov ranks second in the league with 29 points while Tarasenko sits tied for seventh with 20 to his name.
Notable slow starts aiding Stamkos, Kucherov scoring title bids
Sportsnet | Nov 11