It was brought to our attention Tuesday that Henrik Sedin is on pace to net 100 points this season, but score just seven goals. That would be a feat unparalleled in NHL history.
It’s so ridiculous we’re not even sure what to call it. We’ve got our annual Cy Young watch for guys with, say, 20 goals and seven assists. We do the Green Jacket watch for the worst plus-minus ratings. But this one has us stumped. Best we could come up with is the John Coleman Award (he went 12-48 in 1883 for baseball’s Philadelphia Quakers), but that doesn’t really do Sedin’s pace justice.
If you’ve got any suggestions, drop us a comment. In the meantime here are the 10 NHLers who scored the fewest goals, while still managing to net 100 points. This is THN.com’s Top 10 lowest-scoring 100-point players.
10. Bobby Clarke, 27 goals
Clarke’s Philadelphia Flyers won their second of consecutive Stanley Cups in 1975 and the captain took home the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP. His 89 assists tied Bobby Orr for most in the league, but his 27 goals dropped him to sixth in overall scoring.
Francis also scored 27 times, but finished with 92 assists for 119 points, thus he takes ninth here. Francis was the third point of a 1995-96 Penguins triangle that included Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, Nos. 4, 1 and 2 in league scoring. Along with Lemieux, Francis led the NHL in helpers.
The Edmonton Oilers center turned the trick the same year as Francis, finishing with 25 goals and 104 points, good for 11th in NHL scoring. The 79 assists were a career high and the 25 tallies were one off his top total of 26 in 1997-98.
Remember the old ‘Hull and Oates’ combination? It couldn’t have been on much better display than in ’90-91 when Brett Hull had 86 goals (35 more than any other player) thanks in large part to center, Oates, and his 90 assists. Along with 25 goals he finished with 115 points, good for third in scoring.
‘Ronnie Franchise’ set his standard (although with Pittsburgh, not Hartford) during the 84-game ’92-93 season when he managed 24 goals and 100 points in the same season that…
5. Craig Janney, 24
…Janney netted 24 goals and 106 points. He was the new Oates in St. Louis, playing setup man to Hull, who had 54 goals that season. It was the only 100-point season of Janney’s career.
Because he has more career assists than anyone else has points, people tend to forget ‘The Great One’ was quite a sniper in his day, hence his lone appearance here. The season he was traded to St. Louis from the Kings (1995-96) was the last 100-point campaign of his career. He finished with 23 goals and 102 points.
Oates gets the nod over Gretzky because he managed his 23-79-102 totals in an 80-game season, rather than an 82-gamer. The 1989-90 season was Oates’ first in St. Louis alongside Hull and was also his first 100-point outing.
The only defenseman to make the list, Leetch won the Norris for his 1991-92 efforts. He finished that campaign with 102 points, good for ninth in league scoring. It was his second of five 20-goal seasons, but he’d never come within 15 points of 100 again. We’d still take him on our squad.
Another 22-goal scorer, ‘Jumbo Joe’ gets top dog status here for netting more points (114) in 2006-07 than Leetch 15 years earlier. It was Thornton’s first full season as a Shark coming off his Hart and Art Ross campaign the year before with Boston and San Jose. His 92 assists tie Francis’ 1995-96 total for most on our list.
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