McGuire: Hoffman should reach 30-goal plateau

Mike Hoffman has yet to crack the 30-goal plateau at the National Hockey League level, but at least one analyst believes this should be the season the winger breaks that barrier.

Hoffman, who was acquired by the Florida Panthers in June, has recorded campaigns of 22, 26, 29, and 27 goals in his past four seasons.

“I think he’s going to get to 30 if he stays healthy,” predicted NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire during his Thursday morning radio hit on Ottawa’s TSN 1200. “Their powerplay is going to be really effective because they can spread you out, and his one-time shot is obviously lethal. He had a great chance against Carey Price last night. It was going wide, and it was a rolling puck, but still it just shows you the potential for Mike there.

“I would say that he’s probably, if he stays healthy, he should get 30. Between Trocheck, Bjugstad, and Barkov, there are three centericemen that can play with him that can manufacture tons of offense.

“So I would just say that I’d be surprised if he stayed healthy and didn’t get to 30.”

Hoffman has this season and next remaining on his contract, which carries a cap hit of a little less than $5.2 million.


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