As a half-dozen EURO League teams scratch and claw for the President’s Trophy at the top of the standings, an even tighter battle is going on for the individual scoring title.
If the season ended today, all-star game MVP Ryan Kesler of Dublin would win it with 72 points in 54 games. But if it were to end tomorrow, he could be passed by five players who have 70 or 71 points – Ilya Kovalchuk of Zurich (71), Adam Henrique of Gothenburg (71), David Backes of Athens (71), Steven Stamkos of Frankfurt (70) and Patrice Bergeron of Zurich (70). And lurking in the weeds, with at least a game in hand over the leaders is last season’s scoring champ, Evgeny Malkin of Paris (67 points).
Given the fact there are almost 30 games to play in the season, the individual scoring trophy is still anybody’s to claim. Alexander Ovechkin of Copenhagen, Nicklas Backstrom of Minsk and several others are a good hot streak away from catching Kesler.
Here are some more scoring categories and their current leaders:
- Goals scored: Kovalchuk, Zurich (38); John Tavares, Edinburgh (34); Phil Kessel, Dublin (33)
- Assists: Henrique, Gothenburg (49); Bergeron, Zurich (48); Anze Kopitar, Moscow and others (47)
- Shots: Dustin Brown, Moscow (253); Kopitar, Moscow (241); Zach Parise, Gothenburg (230)
- Shooting percentage (100 shots or more, 50 for defensemen): Kovalchuk, Zurich (21.7) ; Alex Pietrangelo, Paris (21.5); Matt Moulson, Belfast (19.6)
- Penalty minutes: P.K. Subban, Belfast (148); Zdeno Chara, Bratislava (116); Staffan Kronwall, Athens (111)
- Plus/Minus: Henrique, Gothenburg (35); Pietrangelo, Paris (31); Ondrej Palat, Belfast (31)
- Hits: Brent Seabrook, Bern (215), Shea Weber, Copenhagen (214); Dan Girardi, Gothenburg (177)
- Blocked shots: Erik Karlsson, Madrid (100); Trevor Daley, Milan (91); Danny Dekeyser, Milan (91)
- Takeaways: Stamkos, Frankfurt (108); Kesler, Dublin (106); Kopitar, Moscow (105)
- Giveaways: Patrick Marleau, Geneva (102); Henrik Sedin, Munich (94); Brad Richards, St. Petersburg (93)
- Power play goals: Henrique, Gothenburg (18); Taylor Hall, London (14); Tavares, Edinburgh (14); Kessel, Dublin (14)
- Shorthanded goals: Tavares, Edinburgh (6); Stephen Weiss, Copenhagen (4); Travis Zajac, Helsinki (4); Palat, Belfast (4)
- Faceoff win percentage (200 minimum): Bobby Butler, Athens (62.7); Jonathan Toews, Bratislava (62.4); Brandon Dubinsky, Edinburgh (60.8)
- Fights: Derek Dorsett, Bern (6); Brandon Prust, Madrid (6); Troy Brouwer, Copenhagen (5); Mark Fraser, Gothenburg (5); Brad Marchand, Helsinki (5)