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Max Pacioretty is the Habs' best goal scorer since Lafleur

Max Pacioretty who has been labelled a "perimeter player" "streaky" and "another Mike McPhee" scored 39 goals this season. Let's look at them all shall we?

Scott Iskowitz

Photo credit: Sporting Charts

He didn't quite get to 40 goals in the regular season, but considering he missed 9 games to injury and took almost 10 after returning to get back to his regular self, I think it's pretty safe to say we can asterisk this as a 40 goals season for Max Pacioretty.

It's too bad that Pacioretty is such a soft, perimeter player, as you can see by his complete lack of shots on goal from the goalmouth area on the chart to the right. Imagine how many goals Pacioretty could score if he was willing to pay the price in front of the net! (In case you somehow don't know, this is sarcasm. If you think Pacioretty is a perimeter player, you're dumb.)

Pacioretty finished fourth in the NHL in goalscoring, the highest mark any Canadiens player has achieved since Guy Lafleur finished third in the league behind Mike Bossy and Marcel Dionne in 1978-79. The level of Pacioretty's accomplishment is difficult to overstate, especially when you consider that among the top eleven goal scorers in the NHL this season, he had the least ice time per game, and played four or more fewer games than anyone else.

Who has Pacioretty scored on this year?
Craig Anderson 4 goals
Jonathan Bernier 4 goals
Empty Net 4 goals
Roberto Luongo 3 goals
Marc-Andre Fleury 3 goals
Josh Harding 3 goals
Martin Brodeur 2 goals
Tuukka Rask 2 goals
Cam Ward 2 goals
Dan Ellis 2 goals
Evgeni Nabokov 1 goal
Mike Smith 1 goal
Marek Mazanec 1 goal
Kari Lehtonen 1 goal
Anton Khudobin 1 goal
Jonas Hiller 1 goal
James Reimer 1 goal
Matt Hackett 1 goal
Jimmy Howard 1 goal
Jonas Gustavsson 1 goal