Big Numbers, Huge Numbers
December 3, 2012 in Alex Galchenyuk, Guy Lafleur, Mario Lemieux, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby Tags: Alaska Aces, Alex Galchenyuk, Bobby Smith, Ernie Godden, Guy Lafleur, Mario Lemieux, Rob Brown, Sarnia Sting, Scott Gomez, Sidney Crosby, Windsor Spitfires
Alex Galchenyuk scored again on Sunday as his Sarnia Sting edged the Oshawa Generals 3-2, this coming a night after his three-goal showing in Peterborough, and so while I should have been working, instead I used the boss’s computer and calculator and came up this: (with the help of Miss Vicki, who seemed to know what she was doing).
Galchenyuk has 20 goals and 49 points in 28 games, which, if Miss Vicki is correct, means that he’s on track for a 48-goal season, 119 points in total. That’s fine work for a guy who only played two games last year because of a knee injury. And who knows, maybe he’s just getting revved up and could finish with much more.
I gotta tell you. Keeping a watch on Galchenyuk is much more fun than my Gomez watch.
And before I continue down the junior path, it seems that ECHL players, which Gomez is one of right now, earn an average of $500 a week. With Gomez, that’s more like it.
A 130-point season for Galchenyuk would be great. I think we’d all be happy with that. But have a gander at these numbers:
Bobby Smith holds the OHL record for 192 points during the 1977-78 season, and Ernie Godden, playing for the Windsor Spitfires in 1980-81, scored a total of 87 goals! Godden would be chosen 55th overall by the Leafs, but only played five games with Toronto and that was it for the NHL. Maybe because he was small at 5’8 and 160 pounds, that his career screeched to a sudden halt.
In the WHL, Ray Ferraro holds the record for goals with 108, while Rob Brown (remember him?) had 212 points during the 86-87 season with the Kamloops Blazers.
And of course I save the best for last.
In 1983-84, Mario Lemieux managed 133 goals and a total of 282 friggin points.
In the 1971-71 season, Guy Lafleur scored just three less than Mario’s record, nailing 130 goals while with the Quebec Remparts. And Sidney Crosby’s best year with Rimouski saw him net 66 goals and 102 assists for 168 points.