Matt Moulson the Real Deal: Tallies 30 Goals in Second Straight Season

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IMarch 16, 2011

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 02: Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders is stopped by Jose Theodore #60 of the Minnesota Wild at the Nassau Coliseum on March 2, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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When Matt Moulson was picked up by the New York Islanders from the Los Angeles Kings before last season, did you think anyone knew the guy would turn into their most prolific goal scorer?

Did you think he would score 30 goals not one year, but two years?

Last season, Matt Moulson scored 30 goals on the dot and everybody was shocked—not just Islander fans, but NHL fans in general. I doubt anyone saw that coming, but Moulson has established himself as one of the league's best goal scorers.

However, there was some belief after last season that Moulson scoring 30 goals was a lucky fluke. At the beginning of this season, Moulson went out a man on a mission to prove his critics wrong again.

Moulson has considered his whole hockey career as an exercise in trying to prove the critics wrong. He did that this year, when he scored his 30th goal of the year with a deflection off his shin against the Rangers last night.

However, this season, there are still plenty of more games left to add more. Moulson is becoming a great hockey player, and it's safe to assume he's the real deal.

Here's what Moulson had to say on his accomplishment for the second year in a row: "I think it's a testament to my teammates and the guys I'm playing with," Moulson said of reaching 30 goals two years in a row. 

"The belief that this organization had in me last year and gave me a chance, I played with Johnny (Tavares) for the greater part of two years, so him and PA (Parenteau), I haven't had too many hard ones this year. They're two great players and I owe them a lot." Thanks to the Islanders team site for the quote.

Moulson really credited linemates Parenteau and Tavares, who have been great this year. But Moulson has also done a lot of work on his own. He consistently plays hard and goes to the net, resulting in his goals.

Matt Moulson is a great fit for the Islanders organization, and now, he's proven.