Patrick Kane, Evgeni Malkin will rise up

Patrick Kane projects to score 36 goals during the upcoming season. Getty Images

The VUKOTA projection system allows us to project player performance based on objective measures such as past performance and age.

One of the most fun preseason prediction models we run determines the NHL's leading goal scorer for the season. Everyone loves offense, right?

The following table lists our top 10 projected candidates for the Maurice Richard trophy (most goals in a season). Here's one key thing to know: VUKOTA will allow decimal points, but you can't score 53.3 goals in a season, for example, so we round down.