In the NHL, little is more difficult than finding consistent scoring. Team management can go mad trying to find and then keep players capable of putting up goals year after year.
The strongest teams are generally built around a crop of offensive weapons, like Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Vancouver's Sedin twins or Tampa Bay's duo of Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis.
It's especially frustrating, then, when a thought-to-be reliable scorer starts shooting blanks. And while it's still early enough in the season to work out kinks, it's also more than a fifth over for some teams.
These are eight skaters who need to drastically improve their game quickly to remain among the game's elite.
All numbers and statistics used in this article were obtained via hockey-reference.com, NHL.com, Capgeek.com and official team sites.