2. Who Will Lead the Anaheim Ducks in Goal Scoring?
Brad Senecal: Max Comtois– I am not going really off the board with this one because I believe Comtois had a campaign to build on last year and will do that. In each of his campaigns, the young forward has shown he has a nose for the net and this year will be no different. Building on his chemistry built with Trevor Zegras and Troy Terry from last year, two players who are best at looking to create scoring chances than taking to the net themselves, I believe 25-30 goals for Comtois is not out of reach.
TJ Watson: Max Comtois- Comtois raised his game last year and I expect it to improve again this year in the goal-scoring department.
Chris Bushell: Max Comtois- Probably the easy answer on this one but how can you not pick him again. He potted 16 last year in 55 games. With now knowing what it takes at the NHL level, and playing significant time with Trevor Zegras, I don’t think a 30 goal campaign is out of the question.
Ciara Durant: Adam Henrique– There is no doubt in my mind that Max Comtois is due for another stellar season of goal scoring. Nevertheless, I’d like to challenge the answer of my fellow writers. Despite starting the season at a pace that eventually saw him sent down, Adam Henrique still managed to end last season second on the team in goals. Appearing in 10 fewer games, the veteran center was still on pace to tie Comer in goals at the conclusion of the season.
He also lead the team in goals the season prior, in 2019-20, and was tied for second in 2018-19. While Comtois may have youth and innovation on his side, Henrique has the experience and the dedication. It is unlikely he will want a repeat of last season, and with Bob Murray finally coming to terms with a rebuild, anyone’s job could be on the line.
Rico is more than likely going to push himself to be better than last season to ensure job security, challenging Comtois for the number one spot. Both players are as good as any to lead the team, but either way, I would expect him to be one of the top point producers and goal scorers on the team.