By the numbers: Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews’ career-best 41-goal season

Toronto understood they had a super star from the minute Auston Matthews stepped on the ice in his NHL debut in 2016 when he scored 4 objectives.

On Thursday versus the Dallas Stars, the fourth-year center exceeded his previous career-high goal overall, publishing his 41 st of the season off a sweet snipe past Ben Bishop on the blockerside Matthews scored 40 in his novice season and followed it up with 34 and a 37 goal campaign the next 2 years, however 2019-20 advises us yet once again that he is an elite goal- scorer whose name belongs atop the list with the Alex Ovechkin’s and David Pastrnak’s of the NHL.

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While there are a great deal of outstanding figures behind the 22- year-old’s year, here are 5 things to understand about Matthews’ brand-new profession mark for a lot of objectives in a season.

1. On speed to blow previous finest out of the water

Not just has Matthews set a brand-new career-high however he has 24 games to overdo plentymore He is on speed for 58 tallies by the end of the season, which would go beyond each of the Rocket Richard Trophy winners because the lockout season of 2012-13

Season Gamer Objectives
2018-19 Alex Ovechkin51
2017-18 Alex Ovechkin49
2016-17 Sidney Crosby44
2015-16 Alex Ovechkin50
2014-15 Alex Ovechkin53
2013-14 Alex Ovechkin51
2012-13 * Alex Ovechkin32

* lockout season

Nevertheless, Matthews isn’t a shoo-in for the award this year as Pastrnak has the very same forecasted goal overall (58 games) and Ovechkin routes the set by one with 2 games in hand.

2. Home ice has its benefits

Of the 41 objectives scored up until now, a tremendous 30 have actually come at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto; I think it’s reasonable to state Matthews likes dipping into home.

That relates to simply over 73 percent of his goal overall for the season– which’s not counting practice.

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3. Consistency is essential

One significant consider Matthews’ success has actually been his sturdiness; he has actually not missed out on a game this season (although, he did miss out on the All-Star Game with an aching wrist) and more time on the ice equates to more objectives. It’s much more than that.

No. 34 has actually just gone 3 or more games without scoring a goal two times this season: 3 games from Nov. 9-13 and 5 games from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4. He has actually scored in 33 of 58 games played (57 percent) and has actually had 3 different 3-game goal streaks (Oct. 2-5, Jan. 4-8 and Feb. 3-7).

4. Making everybody around him much better

Matthews isn’t the just gamer on the ice– and he can’t do it all himself. An overall of 14 players have actually helped on a minimum of among Matthews’ objectives with Mitchell Marner acquiring the most assistants (23), followed by William Nylander (11) and Tyson Barrie (8).

A chart revealing each help Matthews has actually gotten is below.

Gamer Main helps Overall helps
Mitchell Marner1122
William Nylander 911
Tyson Barrie 4 8
Morgan Reilly 4 8
John Tavares 5 7
Zach Hymen 2 4
Andreas Johnsson 2 3
Jake Muzzin 2 3
Justin Holl 0 2
Cody Ceci 0 1
Ilya Mikheyev 0 1
Kasperi Kapanen 0 1
Travis Dermott 0 1
Pontus Aberg 0 1

Note: these are just helps on objectives scored by Matthews.

According to Natural Stat Technique, Marner, who has the most helps on Matthews’ objectives, has actually shared the ice for the fourth-most minutes amongst skates with him at 376 minutes and 22 seconds. Nylander has actually played the most with Matthews this season (512: 52), followed by Barrie (454: 36) and Johnsson (424: 28).

5. Power-play time is at a premium

Matthews has actually likewise seen success on the power play, scoring 11 of his objectives (27 percent), and 22 points (32 percent of his season overall), with the guy benefit

The Maple Leafs have the third-best power play throughout the league, scoring on 25.2 percent of their chances.

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