Let's take a look at some of the snipers out there who have a chance at hitting the historic mark and joining some elite company:
Alexander OvechkinLast season Ovechkin started the season with 9 goals in 25 games before going ham and finishing the season with 23 goals in the final 23 games to capture his third Maurice Richard Trophy. If the Ovechkin of 2008 is back then we could see him put up 60+ and joining some special company in accomplishing the feat twice or more in a career.
Steven StamkosStamkos hit the 60-goal mark two seasons ago and playing with a rejuvenated Marty St. Louis gives him the same opportunity to do so again. Stamkos' conditioning and offseason regiment with Gary Roberts make him a strong candidate to hit the 60-goal mark every season and this year should be no different. With Tampa Bay moving to the new Atlantic Division the stage is only bigger for the young star and he should rise to the occassion playing big markets such as Toronto, Montreal, Detroit and Boston 5 times this season.
JT's goals/game ratio has been increasing every season in the NHL and last year was on pace for just under 50 goals in an 82-game season. If trends continue he definitely has a chance to hit 60 goals on an up-and-coming Islanders team. Tavares has great chemistry with Matt Moulson, but will the departure of his other winger, Brad Boyes, hurt his scoring touch?
Evgeni MalkinGeno's highest goal total in his career is 50, but he also hasn't played a full season since 2008-09. When healthy, Malkin can take over games and look like the best player in the world, but he's battled various injuries over the best few seasons it's hard to see him playing 82 games. Who knows, maybe Malkin will play with Crosby most of the season and if Sid can make a sniper out of Kunitz he should be able to make a 60-goal scorer out of Malkin.
You can't really count Sid out for anything so he's worth discussing as a potential 60-goal guy. Sure his career high is 51 in a season, but that was when he decided he was going to shoot more. Remember when he was dominating the NHL with 66 points in 41 games before getting concussed? He had 32 goals at that point which had him on pace for 64 goals that year. Sid knows how to score so that 60 mark is always attainable.