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The VUKOTA projection system allows us to project player performance based on objective measures such as past performance and age.
One of the most fun preseason prediction models we run determines the NHL's leading goal scorer for the season. Everyone loves offense, right?
The following table lists our top 10 projected candidates for the Maurice Richard trophy (most goals in a season). Here's one key thing to know: VUKOTA will allow decimal points, but you can't score 53.3 goals in a season, for example, so we round down.
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ESPN The Magazine: October 4, 2010
Check out the content from ESPN The Magazine's October 4, 2010 issue -- the Ice Issue -- below.
See how the NHL stacks up for the 2010-11 season. Click any logo below to see how that team projects in eight key categories, weighted in terms of importance to on-ice success. To see how all 30 compare, click here.