by PuckStopsHere on 10/27/13 at 06:36 PM ET
Sidney Crosby may lead the NHL in points so far this year, but the points per game leader is far more surprising. Alexander Steen of the St Louis Blues has 15 points in 9 games played for a 1.67 points per game. Crosby is slightly behind him with 18 points in 11 games (for 1.64 points per game). Who would have picked Steen to be among the leaders in the league? He is 29 and in his ninth NHL season. His career best is 51 points and it happened back in 2010/11.
Steen is probably a short term scoring leader. Nothing in his background suggests he is capable of finishing a season among the top scorers in the league. It is interesting to see how long a trend like his point scoring will maintain itself. I expect that he will, barring injury, have his best offensive season of his career. Given his fast start, he merely has to add about a point every two games for the rest of the season to match his career best. It will be interesting to watch how long it takes him to fall back from the leaders. That will likely be a sign that we have started to play a meaningful number of games this season.
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