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Last of the 60-goal scorers?

Steven Stamkos may be final skater to top the 60 mark

Updated: March 23, 2012, 12:00 PM ET
By Neil Greenberg | ESPN Insider
Steven StamkosBruce Bennett/Getty ImagesSteven Stamkos may have the best -- and last -- shot for a skater to reach 60 goals.

Steven Stamkos is virtually a lock to win the Rocket Richard trophy, given to the NHL's leading goal scorer. The Tampa Bay Lightning sniper has 50 tallies on the season, five more than his closest rival (Evgeni Malkin), and if he can manage 10 goals in his remaining nine games he will become just the second player in 11 seasons to hit the 60-goal mark.

It's tough to argue that there is a more electrifying young center in the NHL with a higher offensive ceiling than Stamkos (with the exception of a healthy Sidney Crosby), but is it probable that he will add a 60-goal season to his already impressive résumé?


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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.