Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/22/10 at 02:40 PM ET
from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,
The average second-line centre in the NHL had the following statistical line from 2009-10:
18 goals, 30 assists, 48 points
My guess is that most people would predict those numbers would have been a bit higher. But try to remember, this isn’t 1994 anymore.
Mike Fisher’s season total of 25-28-53 put him well ahead of the average second-line centre in goals. Fisher’s five-year average since the lockout has seen him produce an average of 21 goals and 45 points. (Numbers that would be higher if you removed his atypical 2008-09 season when he was an underachiever and suffered through an off-year. It’s safe to call him a fairly consistent 20-25 goal scorer in the NHL.)
Fisher’s offensive production put him alongside some of the best second-line centres in the NHL last season. He fits right in with the following list of players whom I feel are the best second-line centres in the game. (This includes players like Patrick Sharp and Daniel Briere, who often switch between centre and wing, but for the purposes of this piece, I considered them centres).
Ryan Kesler: 25 goals, 75 points ($5 million cap hit)
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