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ON THE REBOUND

by
Randy Steinman

Following is a list of some of the NHL forwards who saw a dip in their production in 2018-19 and their chances of having a rebound year in 2019-20.

WILLIAM NYLANDER, TORONTO, LW/C
54-7-20-27
Got off to a late and slow start to the 2018-19 season finishing with only 7 goals and 27 points in 54 games. Scored 61 points in each of the two previous years, scoring 20 and 22 goals. Nylander's production increased late in the season, he was decent in the playoffs and had a great World Tournament. There's no reason the talented forward can't put up numbers similar to the one's prior to his contract dispute year.

NAZEM KADRI, COLORADO, C
73-16-28-44
Came over from Toronto in trade. The durable Kadri saw his points total drop for the second year in a row and had his worst goal total since 2011-12. Kadri's production should increase in Colorado where he is expected to center the second line after being part of the third line in Toronto.

JAMES NEAL, EDMONTON
63-7-12-19
Neal had his lowest-ever goal and points production in 2018-19 with Calgary. His average ice time also hit an all-time low. His move to Edmonton brings the chance of playing on the Oiler's #1 line with Connor McDavid which almost certainly would boost his production.

JAMIE BENN, LW, DALLAS
78-27-26-53
Benn's minutes played dropped in 2018-19 as did his assist total. The Stars captain is a good player who is bound to rebound. Dallas is hoping for a more balanced scoring attack this season which may allow Benn to play permanently with Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov. They hope the addition of Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry and the emergence of Roope Hinze will help bring this balance.

JADEN SCHWARTZ, LW, ST.LOUIS
69-11-25-36
Schwartz couldn't seem to put the puck in the net until the playoffs and his scoring percentage (6%) was a career low. He scored 12 goals and 8 assists in 26 playoff games- hopefully an indication of improved production in 2019-20.

DEREK STEPAN, C, ARIZONA
72-15-20-35
Injuries contributed to his drop from 56 points to 35 after five straight seasons of at least 50 points. Has become an all-purpose center for the Coyotes. Veteran right winger Phil Kessel, obtained from Pittsburgh, will probably play right wing with Stepan at center on Arizona's top line.

EVGENY MALKIN, C, PITTSBURGH
68-21-51-72
"Geno" finished fourth in Pens' team scoring in 2018-19. Got off to a great start with 20 points in his first 11 games but suffered an upper body injury and a suspension. Still a point-a-gamer, if healthy he"ll put up the numbers.

ANZE KOPITAR, C, LOS ANGELES
81-22-38-60
His season point total dipped 32 points in 2018-19. Kopitar's production in 2019-20 will depend largely on his supporting cast.

RYAN GETZLAF, C, ANAHEIM
67-14-34-48
His average ice time was down and he had his lowest points total since 2005-06. Still an important cog in Ducks' offense.

WAYNE SIMMONDS, RW, NEW JERSEY
79-17-13-30
Power forward seems to be slowing down. His points total dropped for the third year in a row. New Jersey is Simmond's third team in two years and he might get a fresh start there.


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