National Hockey League forwards Phil Kessel, Simon Gagne and Henrik Sedin have much in common when it comes to their on-ice performance.
They’re veteran players in the league and key members of their respective teams who have reached the 20-goal mark and 60-point plateau on multiple occasions.
What they also have in common is a failure to find the back of the net in the first two-plus weeks, or one-sixth, of this shortened 48-game regular season.
But Kessel (no goals on 42 shots), Gagne (no goals on seven shots) and Sedin (no goals on 11 shots) are not alone. Nashville’s Shea Weber, whom the Philadelphia Flyers signed to a reported 14-year, $110-million US offer sheet last July, only to see the Predators match and retain the defenceman, doesn’t have a point after nine games.
Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Buffalo’s Drew Stafford, Columbus’ R.J. Umberger, Minnesota’s Devin Setoguchi and L.A.’s Drew Doughty also haven’t scored.
But this can’t last forever. Just ask Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, who believes Kessel can still score 40 goals this season. Will he be the first among this group to pot his first of the year?
Have your say by voting in our poll and tell us in the comments section below why that player will be the first to get off the schneid!