won the Art Ross
Trophy last season with 104 points. It was the lowest point-total by a scoring champion in the post-work stoppage era, but that, of course, means it was the sixth straight season that at least 100 points were required to win the race.
Odds are that won't change this season. The talent in this League is too great for someone to lead with only 90-plus points.
Many self-described experts (like us) expect Evgeni Malkin
to have a huge rebound season on his surgically repaired knee. Nothing appears to be slowing down the Sedins. Steven Stamkos
had 91 points last season despite slumping after the All-Star break. Provided he finds the scoring touch that garnered him 50-goals-in-50-games hype in the first half of last season, he'll be in the race, likely alongside linemate Martin St. Louis
, who had 99 points last season.
There's no reason why Corey Perry
can't build on his MVP numbers from last season (50 goals, 48 assists). He likely would have gone over 100 points if Ryan Getzlaf
didn't miss 15 games due to injuries.