April 17, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Florida Panthers left wing Sean Bergenheim (20) celebrates his goal on New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) during the first period of game three of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

What We Can Expect From Sean Bergenheim Next Season

Sean Bergenheim is one of those players who’s final season numbers aren’t always that great, but you can tell that he’s better then that. For instance, if we were watching him play last season, I’m confident to say that not many people would’ve said that his 23 points were one of the best seasons he’s had in his NHL career. His 17 goals were his career high, but his 6 assists were a drop from 15.

Bergenheim is a player who has a knack for being around the crease. He has very good speed with a scary and accurate shot, however he can’t seem to jump over that 30 point plateau. In his 5 full NHL seasons he has put up 22,24,23,29 and 23 point campaigns. To me, Bergenheim has way more capability then that. The only problem is that he can’t stay healthy, the most games he’s played in his NHL career in one season was 80, but other then that he’s been around 50-60 games a year.

What we need from Bergenheim is consistent health and if he can do that, Bergenhiem can easily be one of the top scorers on this team. His 17 goals were among the team leaders, but his 62 games played hindered him from setting a career high in points for a season. If he can stay healthy, realistically I see Bergenheim being a high 40- 50 point player. If he can finally get over the injury bug, Bergenheim will certainly be a bright spot next year. Just look at his postseason numbers, 23 games played 17 points, 12 of which are goals. Bergenheim has the capability and with his linemate Marcel Goc, who was arguably the best line during the 2nd half of the season, I expect big things from those two. Not only is Bergenheim a key scorer, he is an awesome guy to go guy during the powerplay. Although he won’t spend most of the time with the 1st unit, his 2nd unit is just as deadly in my opinion. The key is just to stay healthy.

Bergenheim is certainly not making little coin either, his 2.75 million dollars a year are deserving of more then 20 points a year. He has big expectations from Dale Tallon and I know Bergenhiem can fulfill those expectations. If he can get around 50 points, he’ll be doing exactly what Dale expected him to do. I know life is not perfect, but if Bergenheim can stay in the line up night after night then I’d be happy with that. His speed, shot and aggression in the zone is underrated and I know he can make this next season his best season in his NHL career.

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