- Neil Greenberg, NHL
For the past few years, Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry wasn't considered to be in the class of elite goal scorers like Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos. He was a consistent 25- to 30-goal scorer whose 100 PIMs per year showed he wasn't afraid to be physical, but playing in Anaheim caused him to fly under the radar.
That changed last season.
During a 30-day stretch from March 9 through April 9, Perry scored 19 goals in his last 16 games and propelled the Ducks to the playoffs. He edged Daniel Sedin by 83 votes to win the Hart Trophy, awarded to the league's most valuable player, and won the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league's top scorer with 50 goals.
Scoring goals is a blend of skill and luck, which is why most skaters see their goal totals dip after their first 50-goal campaign. Will Perry be the one to buck the trend?
Corey Perry surprised with a breakout 50-goal campaign that earned him last season's Hart Trophy for league MVP. This season some expect him to fall off, but Neil Greenberg believes he'll have a strong chance to repeat.