Unstoppable Steen Story of Season So Far
Alexander Steen has only reached the 20 goal mark twice in his career, posting a personal best of 24 goals in 2009/10.
So far this season he has 17 goals in just 19 games…
Steen’s incredible start to the new season sees him sit at the top of the scoring race with 26 points, and tied with Alex Ovechkin in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy.
Drafted 24th overall by Toronto in 2002, he recorded a respectable 18 goals and 45 points in his rookie season but never quite took ‘the next step’ with the Maple Leafs and was traded to St Louis in 2008, along with defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo (Lee Stempniak went the other way).
Despite a slow start to his time in Missouri; Steen, the son of former Winnipeg Jets star Thomas Steen, posted a career high 24 goals in 2009/10 even though he missed 14 games with a broken wrist. A career high 51 points followed in 2010/11 on an emerging Blues team, but he missed more than half of the next season due to concussion.
He registered 8 goals during last years lock out shortened campaign, and is currently on pace for an incredible 73 goals! Clearly his current scoring pace, and 25.37% conversion rate, is unsustainable – but it’s starting to become a fun little ‘side story’ to see how long the 29-year old Swede can keep on lighting the lamp.
Other notable feats so far this season:
Despite slumping to three straight defeats last week, it’s hard not to be impressed by the Avs 14-2-0 record that propelled them to the top of the Central Division.
Under the guidance of new Coach Patrick Roy, Matt Duchene has emerged as the leagues newest superstar whilst an unheralded defensive corps played well ahead of itself to become the stingiest blue line in the entire NHL during the early running.
The honeymoon period came to a juddering halt on Thursday, when the Avalanche were demolished by St Louis, but it was one hell of a start for a team that finished 29th overall last year.
Ben Scriven’s Shut Out Streak
The 27-year old has a league leading 3 shut outs in 5 starts, and is unbeaten in 155 minutes of hockey.
The former Toronto stopper, who arrived in California as part of the Jonathan Bernier trade, has made the Kings forget all about Jonathan Quick’s absence and wrapped up the NHL’s first star of the week with a 37-save effort against the Rangers last night, helping the Kings to a 1-0 victory.
Not bad for someone who counts for just $612,500 against the cap…
Ducks Unbeaten on Home Ice
Anaheim leads the Pacific Division, largely because they are 8-0-0 on home ice (15-5-2 overall).
Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, previously mentioned only as ‘bubble players’ for Sochi, must surely have played their way on to Team Canada as well?