Will Andrei Kostitsyn score 25 or more?

WASHINGTON - APRIL 17: Andrei Kostitsyn #46 of the Montreal Canadiens scores a first period goal against the Washington Capitals in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on April 17, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Seems to be alot of things on the go with the Habs. Rookie camp is all started up… full speed ahead… some of the vets are skating and the full blown training camp starts up at week’s end.

Many things are being talked about…. captaincy, the lineup…etc.

I titled this article “Will Andrei Kostitsyn score 20 or more?” because not only am I wondering, I’d love to know what you think.

At first when I started thinking about A. Kostitsyn going into this season, I started thinking that he would perform better because there would be less of a distraction without Sergei on the team. For the record, I’m not a “Sergei” hater… but for some reason, he just always seemed to be in the middle of something that seemed a distraction.

I think Sergei can still have a solid career if he works hard.

Back to Andrei, I was surprised to see that prior to Sergei joining the team, Andrei’s numbers really weren’t “anything to write home about”. He was just breaking into the league himself.

The 2 seasons prior to playing with brother Sergei on the team, he totaled 34 games played, 3 goals, 11 assists for 14 points.

Here’s Andrei’s averages for the (last) 3 full seasons he’s played. I’ve posted the actual numbers and also the averages per 82 games had he played them.

Real 78 Games: 2007-2008 – 26 G – 27 A – 53 Pts
82 Game Avg: 2007-2008 – 27 G – 28 A – 55 Pts

Real 74 Games 2008-2009 – 23 G – 18 A – 41 Pts
82 Game Avg: 2008-2009 – 25 G – 20 A – 45 Pts

Real 59 Games: 2009-2010 – 15 G – 18 A – 33 Pts
82 Game Avg: 2009-2010 – 21 G – 25 A – 46 Pts

I was surprised to see that there wasn’t a dip but an actual increase for last season’s numbers.

Personally, I think there may have been distractions but I’m not so sure Sergei was “the” distraction. I remember hearing about rifts in the dressing room on sports media back a couple of years ago and I believe that had the Canadiens not been stricken with so many injuries last season (Andrei of course falling to injury himself) Andrei Kostitsyn’s offensive production would have been much stronger.

Last season, as with a couple of previous years, the lineup was, at times, constantly changing. New team mates not quite being able to get the chemistry going until (perhaps) late in the season.

This year, I believe Andrei Kostitsyn will score more then 25 goals. Unless we see another year where the lineup is peppered with injuries (God forbid!).

I can picture a line of Kostitsyn | Plekanec | Cammalleri scoring some goals. There are some puck moving skills and shot taking skills between those 3.

And there are some guys in the dressing room who’s work ethic will rub off on team mates. Cammalleri, Gionta, Gorges….etc.

Show’em what you can do Andrei!

And oh yeah, before I forget…. if you can throw a few hits here and there…. you’ll be a monster.

So…. what do you think?

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