Ryan Kesler and Every NHL Team's Second-Best Scoring Option

April WeinerCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2011

Ryan Kesler and Every NHL Team's Second-Best Scoring Option

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    Many teams have a superstar who scores quite a bit. Some teams are even lucky enough to have more than one superstar.

    Even though a team has one guy, or a couple guys, who scores a lot more than the rest of the team, these players' scoring only makes up for a small percentage of a team's total goal scoring.

    So, a team's secondary scoring is very important. 

    Instead of continuing to spend all of our attention on teams' top players, we decided to spend a little time looking at teams' second-best players.

    Here are every NHL team's second best scoring options. 

Anaheim Ducks: Teemu Selanne

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    Teemu Selanne is weighing his options: either retirement or playing another season for the Anaheim Ducks.

    For right now, we're just going to assume that he's returning, until he announces his retirement. In that case, Selanne is the Ducks second-best scoring option.

    Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan are the team's youngsters, who will be the team's core for years to come.

    However, Selanne has proven that despite the fact that he's over 40, he's still a top player in the league.

    Last season, Selanne scored 31 goals and 80 points, his highest totals in years. It was also the second-highest on the team, behind Perry.

    Additionally, he was the eighth top point scorer in the league.

    If Selanne can return and continue that scoring, he'll continue to be one of the Ducks best scoring options.  

Boston Bruins: Patrice Bergeron

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    Last season, Patrice Bergeron was the third leading point scorer on the Boston Bruins, behind David Krejci and Milan Lucic.

    Krejci and Lucic each scored 62 points and Bergeron was close behind with 57.

    During the playoffs, Krejci and Bergeron led the team in scoring, with 23 and 20 points, respectively.

    The previous season, Krejci and Bergeron tied for the team lead in points.

    Krejci is only 25 years old and Bergeron is only 26. This means that the two will probably be vying for the team-lead in points for years to come.  

Buffalo Sabres: Drew Stafford

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    Last season, Drew Stafford was tied with Jason Pominville for second on the Buffalo Sabres in points, behind Thomas Vanek.

    Stafford scored 52 points last season, 31 of them goals. His goal total was second only to Vanek's 32.

    Stafford is only 25 years old and should have many years in front of him, as one of the team's leading scorers.

    This season, Vanek and maybe Ville Leino will look to be the team's leading scorers, but Stafford will follow closely behind.

    The team is lucky to have secondary scoring in Stafford.  

Calgary Flames: Curtis Glencross

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    When people think of the Calgary Flames, they immediately think of Jarome Iginla, the team's captain and their top player.

    Iginla is probably closely followed by Alex Tanguay.

    However, Calgary has good secondary scoring options. One of those options is Curtis Glencross.

    Glencross has been consistent in his scoring, scoring between 30 and 40 points for the past three seasons. He scored 43 points last season, his highest career total.

    His 43 points was a three-way tie for the fifth highest on the team last season, with Iginla, Tanguay, Olli Jokinen and Rene Bourque leading the way.

    Glencross has consistently scored a respectable amount of points and the Flames are lucky to have secondary scoring options like him.  

Carolina Hurricanes: Jeff Skinner

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    Jeff Skinner made a name for himself last season, his rookie season with the Carolina Hurricanes.

    At 18 years old, he was the youngest player to be selected for the All-Star Game and he won the Calder Trophy last season as the top rookie.

    Skinner was second on the team in points last season, with 63, behind captain Eric Staal.

    He's expected to be a great player for years to come and maybe even be better and put up more points than Staal one day.

    For now though, he'll play second fiddle to Staal, but he could do worse.  

Chicago Blackhawks: Marian Hossa

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    The Chicago Blackhawks have a great team and an abundance of scoring, which is why they won the Stanley Cup in 2010.

    Even though they made a lot of moves, they still have a great team.

    Obviously, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are the team's two best players, followed by Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.

    Their best secondary scoring option behind these players is Marian Hossa.

    Last season, Hossa was fourth on the team in points, with 57 points, behind Toews, Kane and Sharp. In the playoffs, Hossa led a four-way tie in points.

    The season before, Hossa was fifth on the team in points, with 51. 

    If Hossa continues to score as much or more, he'll continue to be one of the best scoring options behind the Blackhawks superstars.  

Colorado Avalanche: Milan Hejduk

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    Paul Stastny and Matt Duchene are the two main producers on the Colorado Avalanche, but they have great secondary scoring in players like Milan Hejduk too.

    Last season, Duchene and Stastny led the Avalanche in points with 67 and 57 respectively.

    Hejduk wasn't far behind with 56 points. He scored 22 goals, the same as Stastny.

    The previous season, Stastny and Duchene also were two of the top scorers, but once again, Hejduk wasn't far behind the top scorers, with 44 points.

    While Stastny and Duchene will continue to lead the team, Hejduk will continue to lead the secondary scoring of the team.  

Columbus Blue Jackets: R.J. Umberger

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't exactly known as a high-producing team; however, they do have Rick Nash to put up the points and the new addition of Jeff Carter for 2011-12.

    After those two, R.J. Umberger is a top producer on the team.

    Last season, Nash led the team in scoring with 66 points. Umberger put up 57 points. Nash led the team in goals as well, with 32, but Umberger was close behind with 25.

    The season before, Nash again led the team with 67 points, followed by two other players scoring more than 60 points.

    Umberger wasn't too far behind then either, scoring 55 points.

    While the Blue Jackets do have another top scorer on the team now, Umberger will continue to bring up the secondary scoring.  

Dallas Stars: Brendan Morrow

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    Brad Richards was clearly the point leader of the Dallas Stars and his production will be sorely missed on the team.

    Loui Eriksson will likely become the scoring leader of the team now, but the secondary scoring will really make or break the team.

    Brendan Morrow won't just be the leader of the team, he'll be the leader of the secondary scoring now.

    Last season, Morrow scored 56 points, about 20 behind Richards and the other leaders.

    If Morrow can continue to put up those numbers and help his linemates and teammates do the same, that will be very helpful for scoring on the team.  

Detroit Red Wings: Johan Franzen

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    The Detroit Red Wings are a very defensive-minded team, with only player scoring more than 70 points last season: Henrik Zetterberg, who scored 80.

    Zetterberg was followed by Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk.

    The Wings have excellent secondary scoring in addition to those top three players, including Johan Franzen.

    Franzen scored 55 points last year, but led the team in goals, with 28.

    If Franzen can continue that type of scoring, he might not be considered secondary scoring anymore, but one of the team leaders.   

Edmonton Oilers: Magnus Paajarvi

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    The Edmonton Oilers aren't a very high scoring team, with their leading point producer only scoring 43 points last season.

    Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky are the point leaders now, but last year's number one draft pick Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner are poised to become the next stars of the team.

    Behind these players, there's another llesser-known player, Magnus Paajarvi.

    Eberle scored 43 points last and Hemsky, Gagner and Hall each scored 42. Paajarvi was behind Dustin Penner and Andrew Cogliano, two players who will be in different uniforms next season, with 34 points. 

    For now, Paajarvi is bringing up the rear of the top five scorers on the team, but at 20 years old, he could easily vastly improve his production in the coming seasons.  

Florida Panthers: Scottie Upshall

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    Last season, the top three scorers on the Florida Panthers were Stephen Weiss, Mike Santorelli and David Booth.

    The team has made significant changes to their roster for the 2011-12 season.

    One new addition is forward Scottie Upshall.

    Upshall will be the third highest-paid player on the Panthers next season, behind Booth and another new addition Tomas Fleischmann, but the reality is, he'll probably only lead secondary scoring, at best.

    Last season, Weiss led the Panthers in points, with 49, closely followed by Santorelli and Booth with 41 and 40 points, respectively.

    Upshall scored 34 points between the Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets.

    If he can improve on that, he'll lead the secondary scoring and help the Panthers maybe finish higher than they have the past couple of years.  

Los Angeles Kings: Justin Williams

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    The Los Angeles Kings were looking to add some scoring and traded for Mike Richards, which should accomplish that. 

    Anze Kopitar led the team in scoring last season, with 73 points and Richards scored 66 on the Philadelphia Flyers, while battling a wrist injury. 

    Those two guys will likely lead the team in scoring, but Justin Williams shouldn't be too far behind. 

    Last season, Williams scored 57 points and was fourth on the team in goals with 22. 

    If Williams can continue to lead the secondary scoring like that, behind Kopitar and Richards, the Kings should be pretty set on offense. 

Minnesota Wild: Devin Setoguchi

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    Last season, Martin Havlat, Mikko Koivu and Andrew Brunette were the top three scorers on the Minnesota Wild.

    Havlat was traded to the San Jose Sharks and Brunette signed with the Chicago Blackhawks in free agency.

    Koivu won't be all alone leading the team in scoring though, with the additions of Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi from San Jose.

    Koivu scored 62 points last season, including 17 goals, and Heatley scored 64 points, 26 goals on the Sharks. 

    Heatley should lead the team in scoring, particularly goal-scoring next season, with Koivu at his tail. 

    Setoguchi will bring up the secondary scoring. Last season, he scored 41 points with San Jose and if he can do that again or improve, he'll lead the secondary scoring behind Koivu and Heatley. 

Montreal Canadiens: Brian Gionta

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    Last season, Tomas Plekanec and Mike Cammalleri led the Montreal Canadiens in points, with 57 and 47, respectively.

    The Canadiens can add Erik Cole as one of their top producers next season.

    For secondary scoring, Brian Gionta leads the way. Gionta was third on the team in points last season, with 46.

    Additionally, he led the team in goals, with 29.

    He was second on the team in playoff points, behind Cammalleri, with 5 points. Cammalleri had 10.

    This coming season, Cole, Cammalleri and Plekanec should lead the scoring, but Gionta will lead the secondary scoring.  

Nashville Predators: Mike Fisher

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    Martin Erat, Sergei Kostitsyn and Shea Weber are the Nashville Predators' leading scorers.

    Mike Fisher only played 27 games with the Predators during the 2010-11 regular season, but he scored 12 points as a Pred.

    During 12 playoff games, Fisher really proved his worth, scoring seven points, good for third on the team.

    As Fisher gets used to the team, he should score even more and lead the secondary scoring, behind Kostitsyn, Weber and Erat.  

New Jersey Devils: Travis Zajac

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    Last season, the New Jersey Devils top player, Zach Parise, missed the majority of the season with an injury.

    Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk took over, scoring 62 and 60 points, respectively.

    Once Parise returns, he should be the leading scorer, with Elias and Kovalchuk closely behind.

    When Travis Zajac returns, he'll continue to lead the team in secondary scoring. Last season, Zajac scored 44 points.

    Zajac will miss the first half of the NHL season and he'll be sorely missed for his production as he recovers.  

New York Islanders: Blake Comeau

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    The New York Islanders aren't a high-scoring team. Their leaders are John Tavares, who scored 67 points last season, Matt Moulson, who scored 53, and Michael Grabner, who scored 52.

    The leader in secondary scoring was Blake Comeau.

    Comeau scored 46 points, including 24 goals. Comeau was fourth on the team in goals last season, behind Grabner, Moulson and Tavares.

    Those three players will continue to lead the team in scoring, with Comeau picking up the rear and leading the secondary scorers.  

New York Rangers: Derek Stepan

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    The most coveted free agent, Brad Richards, will join the New York Rangers next season. He scored 77 points last season with the Dallas Stars and should be able to top that as a Ranger.

    Last season, Brandon Dubinsky led the Rangers in points, scoring 54, followed by Marian Gaborik and Ryan Callahan, who each scored 48 points. 

    Derek Stepan also scored a respectable amount of points, 45. Stepan also scored 21 points, good for the fourth most on the team.

    With the addition of Richards and the return of Dubinsky, Gaborik and Callahan, Stepan will have to settle for leading the secondary scoring.  

Ottawa Senators: Erik Karlsson

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    The Ottawa Senators are another non-high scoring team. Jason Spezza led the team in points last season, with 57.

    Their second highest scorer's totals would qualify as a secondary scorer on another team.

    Erik Karlsson scored 45 points last season, 13 goals.

    Karlsson is just 21 years old, giving him plenty of time to one day become the Senators leading scorer. For now, he'll have to be the second behind Spezza.  

Philadelphia Flyers: James Van Riemsdyk

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    Last season, the Philadelphia Flyers leading scorers were Claude Giroux and Danny Briere, closely followed by Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

    With Richards and Carter gone, there will be shifts in scoring leaders and of course, there's no way to predict if Jaromir Jagr will be a top scorer or a secondary scorer.

    One likely secondary scoring leader will be James van Riemsdyk.

    JVR scored 40 points last season and while he might improve those numbers next season, he'll probably continue to simply lead the secondary scorers.

Phoenix Coyotes: Radim Vrbata

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    The Phoenix Coyotes leading scorers last season were Shane Doan, who scored 60 points, Keith Yandle, who scored 59, and Ray Whitney, 57.

    Radim Vrbata came next, with 48 points.

    Since Doan, Yandle and Whitney back next year, they'll probably continue to lead Phoenix in scoring, while Vrbata will have to settle for leading secondary scoring.

    While Vrbata was fourth in scoring last season, he was tied for second in goal scoring, with 19 goals.

    If Vrbata can continue leading the secondary scoring, the Coyotes might still be a contender, even with the absence of Ilya Bryzgalov.  

Pittsburgh Penguins: Jordan Staal

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins two best scorers are obviously Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. However, the two players missed most of 2010-11 with injury and the secondary scoring had to step up.

    The Penguins have many enviable secondary scorers, players that have helped them be a successful team and remain a successful team last season with the absences of their two superstars. 

    One of the Pens best secondary scorers is Jordan Staal.

    Staal also missed most of 2010-11, the first part, due to various injuries, but still managed to score 30 points in 42 games.

    With Crosby and Malkin back next season, Staal will continue to be overshadowed, but he will remain one of the most talented secondary scorers in the league.

San Jose Sharks: Logan Couture

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    The San Jose Sharks have a very talented roster, with many players vying for the leading scorer, including Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Ryan Clowe.

    They also have a talented cast of secondary scorers, including Logan Couture.

    While the first four players each scored more than 60 points last season (and two scored more than 70), Couture scored a very respectable 56 points.

    Couture also scored 32 goals, good for second on the team.

    At only 22 years old, Couture has plenty of time to surpass those players and become one of the top scorers on the team.

    However, for now, Couture will be relegated to leading the secondary scoring, which on a team like San Jose, isn't too shabby at all.  

St. Louis Blues: Alexander Steen

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    David Backes and Patrik Berglund were the top scorers last season on the St. Louis Blues, scoring 62 and 52 points, respectively.

    Alexander Steen was close behind, with 51 points.

    Steen's 51 points included 20 points, tying him for third on the team in goals, as well as third on the team in points.

    Backes will probably continue to lead the team in scoring and Steen will lead the secondary scoring, including the new additions of Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott.  

Tampa Bay Lightning: Vincent Lecavalier

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning's leading scorers last season were Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos, who scored 99 and 91 points, respectively.

    Behind those two, came Vincent Lecavalier, who scored 54 points in 65 games.

    Lecavalier has the potential to be another top scorer if he can remain healthy, but if he misses considerable time again, he'll put up secondary scoring numbers.

    Another leading secondary scorer is Teddy Purcell, who put up 51 points last season.

    Lecavalier and Purcell were second and third in playoff scoring last season, behind St. Louis. St. Louis scored 20 points, Lecavalier, 19, and Purcell scored 17 points.  

Toronto Maple Leafs: Nikolai Kulemin

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    Last season, Phil Kessel, Clarke MacArthur and Mikhail Grabovski led the Toronto Maple Leafs in scoring, with 64, 62 adn 58 points, respectively.

    Nikolai Kulemin followed closely behind, leading the secondary scoring, with 57 points.

    Kulemin's point total included 30 goals, good for second on the team in goal-scoring, behind Kessel.

    While Kulemin still has the potential to become one of the top three scorers, for now and probably for the foreseeable future, he'll have to settle for the leading secondary scorer.  

Vancouver Canucks: Ryan Kesler

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    It seems odd that a top scorer and player in the league would be a team's second best scoring option. However, in the case of the Vancouver Canucks, Ryan Kesler is the second best option after the Sedin twins.

    Daniel led the team with 104 points, closely followed by Henrik with 94. Kesler followed behind with 73 points.

    Kesler was third in playoff points as well, behind Henrik's 22 and Daniel's 20, with 19 points.

    While Kesler would be the leading scorer on most other NHL teams with his 73 points and 41 goals, he's the leader of secondary scoring on a team like the Canucks.  

Washington Capitals: Alexander Semin

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    The Washington Capitals have a stacked roster, with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom leading the team in scoring last season.

    Ovechkin scored 85 points and Backstrom scored 65.

    Alexander Semin led the team in secondary scoring, scoring 54 points last season. His 28 goals was second on the team, behind his fellow countryman, Ovechkin.

    If Semin remained healthy for an entire season, he could probably be the second on the team in points, at least; however, he's injury-prone.

    So, Semin will remain the leader in secondary scoring, while Ovechkin and Backstrom front the team's scoring.  

Winnipeg Jets: Evander Kane

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    Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom led the Atlanta Thrashers in points last season, closely followed by Bryan Little and Evander Kane.

    Ladd scored 59 points, Byfuglien, 53, Enstrom, 51 and Little scored 48.

    Kane scored 43 points last season, including 19 goals, which was good for third on the team behind Ladd and Byfuglien.

    Kane is still only 20 years old and should improve on his point totals from last season, possibly surpassing Little and maybe Enstrom next season.

    For now though, we'll consider him a top secondary scorer.