Commentary

30-goal encore unlikely for Skinner

Stats show difficulty of following first 30-goal season with second

Originally Published: September 1, 2011
By Neil Greenberg | Special to ESPN Insider
SkinnerJohn E. Sokolowski/US PresswireJeff Skinner had an excellent 2010-11 campaign, but matching it next season could be difficult.

Selke Trophy winner Ryan Kesler did it.

Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner and fellow finalists Michael Grabner and Logan Couture did, too.

So did Milan Lucic of the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, Drew Stafford of the Buffalo Sabres and Nikolai Kulemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Each scored more than 30 goals for the first time during the 2010-11 season.

Chances are only one or two of them will repeat those performances this season. So who will it be?

Neil Greenberg is ESPN Insider's NHL analytics expert. His columns have appeared on the Washington Post website, and he is a regular guest on Sirius XM NHL Radio.