I'm hoping Johnson just hit a slump because it seems like he just couldn't buy a goal even with Buffet money for a good stretch there last year.
I felt like something finally clicked for Zimmer somewhere in the last 8-10 games. He suddenly started doing what you have to do to to create scoring chances. Namely, get the freakin' puck back. Do I think he's going to suddenly have 15 goals? No. But he only had 30 shots on the year. With his skates, if he plays at 100 mph like he showed can in the late games, he could get 2-3x that and maybe put ten in and/or create some points for others.
I've said several times before that I think Freytag could score goals if given the chance. He had 9g on 64 shots in 29 games. (and that 64 is almost all his attempts because he puts it on the net, not in the stands) 14% shot percentage was second only to Frederic on the team. But look at the low minutes he played. Every other game 4th line in the first half. No PP, and then some steadier 3rd line time in the last third of the season. I'm not saying he should have been up higher, but with the 110-130 shots top liners get, his production line is up at 17-18 goals. I don't know if he'll get a bigger role this year, but if he does, there's some reason to think he can produce.