NHL Players With Fewer Goals Than Mike Smith

Christian Petersen

Now that Mike Smith officially has a goal this year, let's take a look at some of the notable names who hope to catch Smitty in the rankings.

In case you missed it, Mike Smith managed to score his first career goal right as time expired in the Phoenix Coyotes' 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. While we revel in the glory that is a goalie goal, let's take a look at some notable NHLers who are still looking to pot their first this season.

The Hall of Shame

Claude Giroux

#28 / Center / Philadelphia Flyers



Jan 12, 1988

G A P +/- PIM
2013 - Claude Giroux 0 3 3 -5 4

Giroux has been an elite player in the NHL for quite some time now, and after signing an eight year, $66.2M contract extension this offseason, much is expected of him. Maybe Smitty can show him some stick-handling techniques.

Dustin Byfuglien

#33 / Defenseman / Winnipeg Jets



Mar 27, 1985

G A P +/- PIM
2013 - Dustin Byfuglien 0 7 7 1 14

He's having a pretty good year production-wise as far as defensemen go, but as a Phoenix Coyotes blog we are contractually obligated to make fun of Winnipeg in some fashion as often as possible.

Mike Richards

#10 / Center / Los Angeles Kings



Feb 11, 1985

G A P +/- PIM
2013 - Mike Richards 0 5 5 -2 2

Mike Richards has not lit the lamp so far this season, which means that now that we've done this he will score a dozen against Phoenix this year.

Nail Yakupov

#64 / Right Wing / Edmonton Oilers



Oct 06, 1993

G A P +/- PIM
2013 - Nail Yakupov 0 0 0 -4 2

I'm pretty sure Yakupov is looking for his first point of the season, but he's so enigmatic I can't tell for sure.

Rick Nash

#61 / Right Wing / New York Rangers



Jun 16, 1984

G A P +/- PIM
2013 - Rick Nash 0 3 3 0 5

Rick Nash is injured and has yet to score a goal, and so in solidarity the New York Rangers have decided to not score any either.

Martin Erat

#10 / Left Wing / Washington Capitals



Aug 29, 1981

G A P +/- PIM
2013 - Martin Erat 0 0 0 -1 0

The Caps parted ways with 2012 1st round pick Filip Forsberg to get this guy. Good to see that move is working out.

Jarome Iginla

#12 / Right Wing / Boston Bruins



Jul 01, 1977

G A P +/- PIM
2013 - Jarome Iginla 0 1 1 1 9

Jarome Iginla has been trying so hard to put himself in the best position possible to contribute but simply couldn't finish when it mattered most. Not like he has any experience with that or anything.

And of course...

Paul Bissonnette

#12 / Right Wing / Phoenix Coyotes



Mar 11, 1985

G A P +/- PIM
2013 - Paul Bissonnette 0 2 2 2 5

BizNasty is way ahead of us:

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