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Coming off his second Stanley Cup title, Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby opens the season projected to be the leading scorer in 2016-2017, ahead of Connor McDavid and the previous two scoring champs, Patrick Kane and Jamie Benn.

Crosby has won the Art Ross Trophy twice in his career, in 2006-2007 and 2013-2014, and time may be running out of time in a bid for a third scoring crown because 19-year-old Oilers centre McDavid may be just about ready to take over.

However, while Crosby had 85 points in 80 games last season – the 1.06 points per game counting as the lowest per-game rate of his career – keep in mind that he started the season very slowly with two goals and nine points in his first 18 games. He started to pick up his pace, but then really took off once the Penguins changed coaches. With Mike Sullivan behind the bench, No. 87 tallied 66 points (30 G, 36 A) in 52 games, a rate of 1.27 points per game. 

That’s a reasonable indication that Crosby still has the skills, and the surrounding talent, to lead the scoring race one more time. 

Here are my Projected Top 300 scorers:

 

PROJECTED TOP 300 SCORERS - 2016-2017

 
RANK PLAYER TEAM POS GP G A PTS
1 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh C 79 34 60 94
2 Connor McDavid Edmonton C 78 28 58 86
3 Patrick Kane Chicago RW 74 35 50 85
4 Jamie Benn Dallas LW 80 37 47 84
5 John Tavares N.Y. Islanders C 79 36 44 80
6 Tyler Seguin Dallas C 74 35 42 77
7 Alexander Ovechkin Washington LW 79 51 25 76
8 Erik Karlsson Ottawa D 82 18 58 76
9 Nicklas Backstrom Washington C 78 19 56 75
10 Joe Thornton San Jose C 81 16 59 75
11 Vladimir Tarasenko St. Louis RW 79 38 36 74
12 Joe Pavelski San Jose RW 82 36 37 73
13 Claude Giroux Philadelphia C 80 24 49 73
14 Johnny Gaudreau Calgary LW 80 28 44 72
15 Blake Wheeler Winnipeg RW 81 26 45 71
16 Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay RW 79 32 38 70
17 Anze Kopitar Los Angeles C 81 23 47 70
18 Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay C 79 40 29 69
19 Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim C 77 20 49 69
20 Evgeny Kuznetsov Washington C 81 18 50 68
21 Filip Forsberg Nashville LW 82 31 36 67
22 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh C 62 27 39 66
23 Corey Perry Anaheim RW 78 36 29 65
24 Artemi Panarin Chicago LW 78 23 42 65
25 Jakub Voracek Philadelphia RW 77 18 47 65
26 Max Pacioretty Montreal LW 79 34 30 64
27 Patrice Bergeron Boston C 80 30 34 64
28 Phil Kessel Pittsburgh RW 80 28 36 64
29 Jason Spezza Dallas C 77 27 37 64
30 Jonathan Toews Chicago C 79 27 37 64
31 Jack Eichel Buffalo C 80 27 37 64
32 Taylor Hall New Jersey LW 74 25 39 64
33 Brent Burns San Jose D 79 23 41 64
34 Ryan Johansen Nashville C 81 22 42 64
35 Kris Letang Pittsburgh D 70 14 49 63
36 Mark Stone Ottawa RW 78 25 37 62
37 Matt Duchene Colorado C 76 26 35 61
38 Nathan MacKinnon Colorado C 76 25 36 61
39 Daniel Sedin Vancouver LW 80 23 38 61
40 Jordan Eberle Edmonton RW 75 29 31 60
41 Sean Monahan Calgary C 79 29 31 60
42 Mark Scheifele Winnipeg C 75 25 35 60
43 Kyle Okposo Buffalo RW 72 21 38 59
44 Ryan O'Reilly Buffalo C 76 20 39 59
45 Alex Galchenyuk Montreal C 78 29 29 58
46 Alexander Radulov Montreal RW 72 24 34 58
47 Henrik Sedin Vancouver C 75 13 45 58
48 Brad Marchand Boston LW 78 32 25 57
49 Wayne Simmonds Philadelphia RW 79 30 27 57
50 Logan Couture San Jose C 75 24 33 57
51 Gabriel Landeskog Colorado LW 78 22 35 57
52 David Krejci Boston C 68 15 42 57
53 Mike Hoffman Ottawa LW 78 29 27 56
54 Zach Parise Minnesota LW 71 28 28 56
55 Aleksander Barkov Florida C 74 24 32 56
56 Alexander Steen St. Louis LW 69 22 34 56
57 Jaromir Jagr Florida RW 79 22 34 56
58 Mats Zuccarello N.Y. Rangers RW 79 22 34 56
59 John Klingberg Dallas D 77 12 44 56
60 P.K. Subban Nashville D 75 10 46 56
61 Derick Brassard Ottawa C 80 23 32 55
62 Max Domi Arizona LW 80 20 35 55
63 James van Riemsdyk Toronto LW 75 27 27 54
64 Gustav Nyquist Detroit RW 82 26 28 54
65 Jeff Carter Los Angeles C 75 24 30 54
66 T.J. Oshie Washington RW 78 23 31 54
67 Bryan Little Winnipeg C 68 22 32 54
68 Bobby Ryan Ottawa RW 77 22 32 54
69 Roman Josi Nashville D 79 14 40 54
70 James Neal Nashville RW 72 28 25 53
71 Tyler Toffoli Los Angeles RW 77 26 27 53
72 Patrick Sharp Dallas RW 76 21 32 53
73 Milan Lucic Edmonton LW 80 20 33 53
74 Jonathan Huberdeau Florida LW 76 17 36 53
75 Jussi Jokinen Florida LW 81 17 36 53
76 Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW 72 15 38 53
77 Mikko Koivu Minnesota C 77 15 38 53
78 Brandon Saad Columbus LW 79 26 26 52
79 Dylan Larkin Detroit C 80 25 27 52
80 Auston Matthews Toronto C 80 25 27 52
81 Andrew Ladd N.Y. Islanders LW 79 24 28 52
82 Patrick Marleau San Jose C 82 24 28 52
83 Brayden Schenn Philadelphia LW 78 23 29 52
84 Loui Eriksson Vancouver RW 77 23 29 52
85 Derek Stepan N.Y. Rangers C 74 19 33 52
86 Dustin Byfuglien Winnipeg D 78 19 33 52
87 Tomas Plekanec Montreal C 81 18 34 52
88 Kyle Palmieri New Jersey RW 76 26 25 51
89 Jaden Schwartz St. Louis LW 65 22 29 51
90 Mark Giordano Calgary D 73 16 35 51
91 Paul Stastny St. Louis C 68 15 36 51
92 Jeff Skinner Carolina LW 78 29 21 50
93 Patric Hornqvist Pittsburgh RW 76 22 28 50
94 Tyler Johnson Tampa Bay C 74 21 29 50
95 Kyle Turris Ottawa C 76 21 29 50
96 Shea Weber Montreal D 78 19 31 50
97 Eric Staal Minnesota C 80 18 32 50
98 Tyson Barrie Colorado D 75 14 36 50
99 David Backes Boston RW 78 23 26 49
100 Jarome Iginla Colorado RW 81 23 26 49
101 Rickard Rakell Anaheim C 78 21 28 49
102 Reilly Smith Florida RW 82 21 28 49
103 Frans Nielsen Detroit C 80 18 31 49
104 Carl Soderberg Colorado C 80 13 36 49
105 Cam Atkinson Columbus RW 80 25 23 48
106 Vincent Trocheck Florida C 75 21 27 48
107 Ryan Kesler Anaheim C 79 21 27 48
108 Mika Zibanejad N.Y. Rangers C 78 20 28 48
109 Nikolaj Ehlers Winnipeg LW 76 19 29 48
110 Nazem Kadri Toronto C 76 19 29 48
111 Ondrej Palat Tampa Bay LW 70 18 30 48
112 Leon Draisaitl Edmonton C 76 17 31 48
113 Keith Yandle Florida D 82 6 42 48
114 Brendan Gallagher Montreal RW 74 23 24 47
115 Sam Reinhart Buffalo RW 80 21 26 47
116 Justin Williams Washington RW 81 20 27 47
117 Shayne Gostisbehere Philadelphia D 73 13 34 47
118 Victor Hedman Tampa Bay D 73 11 36 47
119 Drew Doughty Los Angeles D 81 11 36 47
120 Adam Henrique New Jersey C 78 23 23 46
121 David Pastrnak Boston RW 77 22 24 46
122 Tomas Tatar Detroit LW 79 22 24 46
123 Marian Hossa Chicago RW 71 19 27 46
124 Oliver Ekman-Larsson Arizona D 78 19 27 46
125 Nick Foligno Columbus RW 74 18 28 46
126 Elias Lindholm Carolina RW 81 17 29 46
127 Marcus Johansson Washington LW 77 15 31 46
128 Dylan Strome Arizona C 77 15 31 46
129 Ryan Spooner Boston C 75 13 33 46
130 John Carlson Washington D 76 10 36 46
131 Duncan Keith Chicago D 74 8 38 46
132 Rick Nash N.Y. Rangers LW 66 25 20 45
133 Robby Fabbri St. Louis RW 78 20 25 45
134 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Edmonton C 67 17 28 45
135 Jordan Staal Carolina C 76 17 28 45
136 Mathieu Perreault Winnipeg LW 68 15 30 45
137 Mitch Marner Toronto RW 75 15 30 45
138 Kevin Shattenkirk St. Louis D 70 12 33 45
139 Mike Ribeiro Nashville C 81 10 35 45
140 Andrei Markov Montreal D 81 7 38 45
140 Ryan Suter Minnesota D 81 6 39 45
141 Boone Jenner Columbus LW 76 24 20 44
142 Scott Hartnell Columbus LW 78 20 24 44
143 Tyler Ennis Buffalo LW 73 18 26 44
144 Thomas Vanek Detroit LW 76 18 26 44
145 Jason Pominville Minnesota RW 78 17 27 44
146 Kevin Hayes N.Y. Rangers RW 79 17 27 44
147 Victor Rask Carolina C 80 17 27 44
148 Jiri Hudler Dallas RW 74 16 28 44
149 Justin Faulk Carolina D 76 14 30 44
150 Jonathan Drouin Tampa Bay LW 73 13 31 44
151 Mikael Granlund Minnesota C 74 12 32 44
152 Alex Pietrangelo St. Louis D 77 8 36 44
153 Torey Krug Boston D 80 8 36 44
154 Craig Smith Nashville RW 81 22 21 43
155 Chris Kreider N.Y. Rangers LW 76 21 22 43
156 Sam Bennett Calgary LW 78 21 22 43
157 Tomas Hertl San Jose LW 80 21 22 43
158 Nino Niederreiter Minnesota RW 81 21 22 43
159 William Nylander Toronto C 77 19 24 43
160 Mikkel Boedker San Jose LW 72 16 27 43
161 Mike Cammalleri New Jersey LW 60 22 20 42
162 Joel Ward San Jose RW 81 20 22 42
163 Sebastian Aho Carolina RW 75 18 24 42
164 David Perron St. Louis LW 75 17 25 42
165 Brandon Dubinsky Columbus C 68 16 26 42
166 Nick Leddy N.Y. Islanders D 81 8 34 42
167 Troy Brouwer Calgary RW 82 21 20 41
168 Jakob Silfverberg Anaheim RW 75 18 23 41
169 Mikko Rantanen Colorado RW 76 16 25 41
170 Anthony Duclair Arizona RW 80 15 26 41
171 Valtteri Filppula Tampa Bay C 77 13 28 41
172 Brent Seabrook Chicago D 81 10 31 41
173 T.J. Brodie Calgary D 76 7 34 41
174 Brock Nelson N.Y. Islanders LW 79 23 17 40
175 Anders Lee N.Y. Islanders LW 72 21 19 40
176 Patrik Laine Winnipeg RW 75 21 19 40
177 Nick Bjugstad Florida C 71 18 22 40
178 Mikael Backlund Calgary C 75 18 22 40
179 Bo Horvat Vancouver C 75 18 22 40
180 Charlie Coyle Minnesota C 79 18 22 40
181 Clarke MacArthur Ottawa LW 67 17 23 40
182 Teuvo Teravainen Carolina C 78 15 25 40
183 Alex Killorn Tampa Bay LW 78 15 25 40
184 Ryan Strome N.Y. Islanders RW 76 13 27 40
185 Teddy Purcell Los Angeles RW 79 13 27 40
186 Sami Vatanen Anaheim D 73 11 29 40
187 Dougie Hamilton Calgary D 75 10 30 40
188 Alexander Wennberg Columbus C 76 9 31 40
189 Travis Zajac New Jersey C 76 14 25 39
190 Aaron Ekblad Florida D 80 14 25 39
191 Sean Couturier Philadelphia C 72 13 26 39
192 Rasmus Ristolainen Buffalo D 80 10 29 39
193 Drew Stafford Winnipeg RW 76 19 19 38
194 Justin Abdelkader Detroit RW 76 17 21 38
195 Benoit Pouliot Edmonton LW 68 16 22 38
196 Ales Hemsky Dallas RW 75 12 26 38
197 Joonas Donskoi San Jose RW 77 12 26 38
198 Hampus Lindholm Anaheim D 79 9 29 38
199 Mike Green Detroit D 73 8 30 38
200 Jake Muzzin Los Angeles D 79 8 30 38
201 Seth Jones Columbus D 81 8 30 38
202 Alex Goligoski Arizona D 81 5 33 38
203 Evander Kane Buffalo LW 65 19 18 37
204 J.T. Miller N.Y. Rangers RW 78 18 19 37
205 Kyle Connor Winnipeg LW 75 18 19 37
206 Artem Anisimov Chicago C 72 17 20 37
207 Cody Eakin Dallas C 81 17 20 37
208 Michael Frolik Calgary RW 74 16 21 37
209 Carl Hagelin Pittsburgh LW 78 16 21 37
210 Lee Stempniak Carolina RW 77 15 22 37
211 Nick Bonino Pittsburgh C 70 14 23 37
212 David Desharnais Montreal C 73 12 25 37
213 Anton Stralman Tampa Bay D 78 9 28 37
214 Radim Vrbata Arizona RW 69 17 19 36
215 Andre Burakovsky Washington RW 79 15 21 36
216 Josh Bailey N.Y. Islanders LW 77 12 24 36
217 Jori Lehtera St. Louis C 77 11 25 36
218 Colton Parayko St. Louis D 80 10 26 36
219 Morgan Rielly Toronto D 79 7 29 36
220 Matt Niskanen Washington D 81 6 30 36
221 Shane Doan Arizona RW 73 19 16 35
222 Marian Gaborik Los Angeles LW 60 17 18 35
223 Matt Beleskey Boston LW 70 17 18 35
224 Christian Dvorak Arizona LW 77 15 20 35
225 Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh LW 77 14 21 35
226 P.A. Parenteau N.Y. Islanders RW 66 16 18 34
227 Antoine Vermette Anaheim C 77 15 19 34
228 Andrew Cogliano Anaheim LW 82 14 20 34
229 Ryan McDonagh N.Y. Rangers D 74 10 24 34
230 Zdeno Chara Boston D 76 10 24 34
231 Nick Schmaltz Chicago C 75 9 25 34
232 Niklas Kronwall Detroit D 72 6 28 34
233 Tanner Pearson Los Angeles LW 73 16 17 33
234 Jason Chimera N.Y. Islanders LW 81 15 18 33
235 Sven Baertschi Vancouver LW 70 14 19 33
236 Tyler Bozak Toronto C 64 13 20 33
237 Kris Versteeg Edmonton RW 74 13 20 33
238 Connor Brown Toronto RW 70 11 22 33
239 Jesse Puljujarvi Edmonton RW 75 11 22 33
240 Ryan Ellis Nashville D 74 9 24 33
241 Brandon Sutter Vancouver C 74 17 15 32
242 Tyler Motte Chicago LW 75 15 17 32
243 Andrew Shaw Montreal RW 79 15 17 32
244 Calle Jarnkrok Nashville RW 75 14 18 32
245 Pavel Zacha New Jersey LW 75 14 18 32
246 Brian Gionta Buffalo RW 77 13 19 32
247 Patrick Maroon Edmonton LW 70 12 20 32
248 Matt Moulson Buffalo LW 78 12 20 32
249 Martin Hanzal Arizona C 62 11 21 32
250 Mattias Ekholm Nashville D 81 8 24 32
251 Andrej Sekera Edmonton D 77 7 25 32
252 Cam Fowler Anaheim D 72 6 26 32
253 Brian Campbell Chicago D 80 6 26 32
254 Jamie McGinn Arizona LW 75 16 15 31
255 Jean-Gabriel Pageau Ottawa C 76 15 16 31
256 Tobias Rieder Arizona LW 77 15 16 31
257 Vladislav Namestnikov Tampa Bay C 76 14 17 31
258 Colin Wilson Nashville LW 72 11 20 31
259 Jake Gardiner Toronto D 80 7 24 31
260 Dion Phaneuf Ottawa D 73 5 26 31
261 Leo Komarov Toronto RW 68 13 17 30
262 Riley Sheahan Detroit C 80 13 17 30
263 Nail Yakupov Edmonton RW 66 12 18 30
264 Pierre-Luc Dubois Columbus C 75 12 18 30
265 Pavel Buchnevich N.Y. Rangers LW 75 12 18 30
266 Sam Gagner Columbus RW 70 11 19 30
267 Joe Colborne Colorado RW 72 11 19 30
268 Andrej Nestrasil Carolina RW 75 11 19 30
269 Erik Johnson Colorado D 69 10 20 30
270 Mathew Barzal N.Y. Islanders C 75 9 21 30
271 Marc-Edouard Vlasic San Jose D 72 8 22 30
272 Mike Fisher Nashville C 68 14 15 29
273 Jannik Hansen Vancouver RW 72 14 15 29
274 Oscar Lindberg N.Y. Rangers C 67 13 16 29
275 Ryan Callahan Tampa Bay RW 57 12 17 29
276 Reid Boucher New Jersey LW 75 12 17 29
277 Matt Read Philadelphia RW 79 12 17 29
278 Blake Comeau Colorado RW 71 11 18 29
279 Matt Cullen Pittsburgh C 76 11 18 29
280 Trevor Daley Pittsburgh D 75 9 20 29
281 Ben Hutton Vancouver D 77 3 26 29
282 Jason Zucker Minnesota LW 68 17 11 28
283 Jimmy Hayes Boston RW 69 14 14 28
284 Michael Raffl Philadelphia LW 75 14 14 28
285 Lars Eller Washington C 78 13 15 28
286 Hunter Shinkaruk Calgary LW 75 12 16 28
287 Dustin Brown Los Angeles RW 81 12 16 28
288 Jason Demers Florida D 70 6 22 28
289 Mark Streit Philadelphia D 72 6 22 28
290 Oskar Klefbom Edmonton D 75 5 23 28
291 Patrick Eaves Dallas LW 60 15 12 27
292 Brandon Pirri N.Y. Rangers LW 60 15 12 27
293 Jimmy Vesey N.Y. Rangers LW 75 14 13 27
294 Patrik Berglund St. Louis LW 72 13 14 27
295 Radek Faksa Dallas C 77 13 14 27
296 Marko Dano Winnipeg RW 60 11 16 27
297 Anton Rodin Vancouver RW 70 13 14 27
298 Daniel Carr Montreal LW 70 13 14 27
299 Dale Weise Philadelphia RW 71 12 15 27
300 Kevin Fiala Nashville LW 75 10 17 27
 

 

 

Scott Cullen can be contacted at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca.