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5. Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks
Corey Perry came out of nowhere and won the Rocket Richard Trophy last year as the league’s leading goal scorer. With 50 goals, Perry dominated the Western Conference. He received tremendous help from his linemates Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan who set up numerous goals. Of the 50 goals last year, 14 were power play goals. Look for him to put up at least 40 goals this year.
4. Jarome Iginla – Calgary Flames
For the past decade, Jarome has notched at least thirty goals in each season. He has broken the fifty goal plateau twice in that span including a career high of 52 in 2001-2002. Iginla is a lock for at least forty this season and will score his 500th career goal by the end of this calender year.
3. Phil Kessel – Toronto Maple Leafs
Phil Kessel has been on a tear this season, leading the league with ten goals in just thirteen games. He has broken the thirty goal plateau for the past three seasons, two of which on a rather weak Maple Leafs team. Now the Maple Leafs are a lot stronger and Phil Kessel is upping his game. Expect Phil to notch at least fifty this season and be a strong contestant for the Rocket Richard Trophy.
2. Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals
In five of his fist six NHL seasons, Alexander Ovechkin has only scored below forty-five goals just once. In 2008-2009, Alex scored an amazing sixty-five goals. With his blazing speed and rocket shot, goalies have a rather tough time seeing, let alone stopping his shot. Though Alex only has five goals in the first ten goals of the season, expect him to pick it up. He is on a very strong Capitals team that can score at ease. Expect Alex to be around the fifty goal plateau and to be a canidate for the Rocket Richard Trophy.
1. Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning
In the last three seasons, Steven Stamkos has a combined 119 goals which is the most in the league. In his sophmore campaign, Steven notched 51 and followed it up with 45 last season. Stamkos has been a powerplay specialist, notching 41 power-play goals over the last few years. Expect Stamkos to reach the fifty goal plateau this year and be in the running for the Rocket Richard Trophy.
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