Predicting the Top Scoring Teams 2018by Pat Booth | November 8, 2018, 1:14 PM ET
League scoring has been steadily dropping since the 2012-2013 season where a massive 8110 goals were scored for an average of 290 goals per team. In the 2016-2017 season league scoring had dropped to only 5446 or only 195 goals per team the lowest of the 28 team era.
Last year fortunately we saw an uptick of almost 17% to 6370 goals or an average of 228 per team but this is still the second lowest total of the 28 team era. It's been 5 years since we've seen a team crack 300 goals.
With a continued focus on scoring and almost 100 players rated an 80 scorer or above we thought we would take a look at which teams might lead the way in another hopefully higher scoring 2018/2019 season.
Looking purely at the ammount of talent in the top 120 scorers you can't beat the Reykjavik Riders with 9 guys led by Sean Monahan they have young depth for days, but lack a go-to guy so it will be a tough job getting all these players enough ice-time to reach their potential.
Next would be the Acadia Golden Bears with 8 guys led by rookie Brock Boeser the Bears feature a scoring core right in its prime and are a good bet to finish top 5 in scoring.
Looking at quality both the Vancouver Island Norsemen and Havana Revolution have 3 guys in the top 20 rated scorers. Vancouver has "that other Karlsson" William Karlsson along with Jamie Benn and Anders Lee on at team with Sidney Crosby and highly mobile D the Norsemen are a well oiled scoring machine and should be a lock for the top 3. The Revolution feature phenom Connor McDavid and young stars Rickard Rakell and Tyler Seguin. With Brent Burns on the backend the Revolution looked poised to crack the top 5.
Rounding out our expected top 5 is the Kansas City Krunch they may not have as many top scorers as the Bears or Riders, but their 6 guys have the highest average rating of any team on this list. With less guys to split the ice time the Krunch will aim to keep thier scorers happy with lots of work.
Our Canadian runner up is the Nova Scotia Schooners who have John Tavares and Nikita Kucherov up front both top 20 rated scorers and add another 4 in the top 120. But what makes them special is a ridiclous defense core of Shea Weber, John Carlson, Roman Josi and Tyson Barrie who could all be a teams #1 offensive defensemen.
Honourable mentions go to the St. Louis Spartans and Whitehorse Huskies who both sport impressively deep scoring depth.
So that brings to a close our predictions of the top scoring teams for the 18/19 season