Prior to the 2013 season, Daniel Winnik already had his name attached to one statistical anomaly.
Having been traded from Colorado to San Jose near the trading deadline last year, he became the first player since Sean Avery in 2006-07 to play 84 games in one season.
With his Anaheim Ducks-leading fifth goal of the season on Saturday night in a 3-2 shootout win over the visiting Nashville Predators, hes on pace for another statistical oddity.
Should Winniks scoring pace continue, hed rack up 48 goals in 48 games, more than quadrupling his previous career highs of 11, set in 2007-08 with Phoenix and 2010-11 with Colorado.
Its an unsustainable rate. Still, his early season success does speak to the comfort hes found at Honda Center while skating with the fourth different Western Conference team of his six-year NHL career.
I think I just came in not thinking too much, which I think could kind of be my problem at times in previous years, Winnik said. I think just getting off to the ...