NHL Top 50 Players (10-1)

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

If certain players haven't been named in the Top 50 list yet, it is either they didn't make the cut or they are the top 10 players in the NHL today. The top 10 players in the league are on another level compared to the ones who aren't. In case you are just tuning into this list, here's who's ranked 50-11: 50. Shayne Gostisbehere, Defenseman, Philadelphia Flyers, 49. Mikko Rantanen, Winger, Colorado Avalanche, 48. Mitchell Marner, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs, 47. Dustin Byfuglien, Defenseman, Winnipeg Jets, 46. Brent Burns, Defenseman, San Jose Sharks, 45. Jakub Voracek, Winger, Philadelphia Flyers, 44. Sergei Bobrovsky, Goalie, Columbus Blue Jackets, 43. Zach Werenski, Defenseman, Columbus Blue Jackets, 42. Marc-Andre Fleury, Goalie, Vegas Golden Knights, 41. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Center, Washington Capitals, 40. Jonathan Quick, Goalie, Los Angeles Kings, 39. Drew Doughty, Defenseman, Los Angeles Kings, 38. Pekka Rinne, Goalie, Nashville Predators, 37. Roman Josi, Defenseman, Nashville Predators, 36. Mark Scheifele, Center, Winnipeg Jets, 35. Tyler Seguin, Center, Dallas Stars, 34. Seth Jones, Defenseman, Columbus Blue Jackets, 33. Blake Wheeler, Center, Winnipeg Jets, 32. Jonathan Toews, Center, Chicago Blackhawks, 31. Connor Hellebuyck, Goalie, Winnipeg Jets, 30. Jack Eichel, Center, Buffalo Sabres, 29. Patrice Bergeron, Center, Boston Bruins, 28. Matt Murray, Goalie, Pittsburgh Penguins, 27. Artemi Panarin, Forward, Columbus Blue Jackets, 26. Erik Karlsson, Defenseman, Ottawa Senators, 25. Anze Kopitar, Forward, Los Angeles Kings, 24. P.K. Subban, Defenseman, Nashville Predators, 23. Patrik Laine, Forward, Winnipeg Jets, 22. Filip Forsberg, Forward, Nashville Predators, 21. Vladimir Tarasenko, Forward, St. Louis Blues, 20. Claude Giroux, Winger/Center, Philadelphia Flyers, 19. Jamie Benn, Winger, Dallas Stars, 18. David Pastrnak, Winger, Boston Bruins, 17. Phil Kessel, Winger, Pittsburgh Penguins, 16. Branden Holtby, Goalie, Washington Capitals, 15. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Goalie, Tampa Bay Lightning, 14. John Tavares, Center, New York Islanders, 13. Nathan MacKinnon, Center, Colorado Avalanche, 12. Taylor Hall, Forward, New Jersey Devils, and 11. Victor Hedman, Defenseman, Tampa Bay Lightning.

Who's ranked 10-1?

10. Auston Matthews, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs: Matthews is just 20 years old and he is a dynamic goal scorer. Auston Matthews won rookie of the year during the 2016-2017 season. He scored 40 goals as a rookie and Matthews scored 34 goals and recorded 29 assists during the 2017-2018 season. His plus/minus was 25. If Matthews can improve his passing game, he will be impossible to stop.

9. Steven Stamkos, Center, Tampa Bay Lightning: Stamkos is one of the best players in the NHL when he is healthy. Stamkos was healthy for the 2017-2018 season. He scored 27 goals and recorded 59 assists, in 78 games. His plus/minus was 18. Steven Stamkos was one of the reasons why the Tampa Bay Lightning had the best record in the eastern conference. Stamkos is an excellent skater and tremendous play maker. In 664 career games, he has 668 career points.

8. Johnny Gaudreau, Winger, Calgary Flames: Gaudreau is one of the smallest players on the ice, but he is also one of the slickest. Gaudreau plays at a high level every night and he's the best player on his team. Gaudreau scored 24 goals and recorded 60 assists last season, in 80 games. His plus/minus was 2.

7. Nikita Kucherov, Winger, Tampa Bay Lightning: Kucherov got off to a scorching start to the 2017-2018 season and then he cooled off. It seemed as if he was going to win the Hart Trophy, but Nikita Kucherov wasn't even nominated for it. He had very good chemistry with Steven Stamkos and that's one of the reasons why the Tampa Bay Lightning had the best record in the eastern conference during the 2017-2018 season. When Stamkos has had injury problems over the past couple of years, Kucherov has carried this team. He scored 31 goals and recorded 69 assists last season. Nikita Kucherov was one of three players who recorded at least 100 points this past season.

6. Patrick Kane, Winger, Chicago Blackhawks: Kane has one of the greatest killer instincts I have ever seen. It is one of the reasons why he has won three Stanley Cups in his NHL career and Kane was also the Conn Smythe Winner during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs. He won the Hart Trophy during the 2015-2016 season. Kane is a true sniper and he is a tremendous skater. He scored 27 goals and recorded 49 assists last season. His plus/minus was -20. Patrick Kane is ranked on the top 100 greatest players list in the NHL.

5. Brad Marchand, Winger, Boston Bruins: Marchand has the reputation of being a very dirty player and he is one, but Marchand is a top-five player in the NHL. He is a terrific goal scorer and play maker. Marchand also has a clutch gene when the game is on the line. He was a rookie when Marchand won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011 and he scored two goals in a 4-0 Game 7 win at Vancouver. Ever since then, Marchand has been a tremendous hockey player. During the 2017-2018 season, he scored 34 goals and recorded 51 assists in 68 games. His plus/minus was 25.

4. Evgeni Malkin, Center, Pittsburgh Penguins: Malkin is one of the strongest players in the league and his strength allows him to maneuver through defenders. He also has an instinct to take over games. Malkin is capable of carrying the load whenever Sidney Crosby misses time. Evgeni Malkin could be a top player on anytime, but he hasn't complained once about being second fiddle to Sidney Crosby. Malkin has won three Stanley Cups in his career and he won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2009. He also has won one Hart Trophy in his career and that was back in the 2011-2012 season. Evgeni Malkin scored 42 goals and recorded 56 assists, in 78 games last season. His plus/minus was 16.

3. Connor McDavid, Center, Edmonton Oilers: McDavid is just 21 years old and he has already won two Ted Lindsay Awards, Two Art Ross Trophies, and one Hart Trophy. Connor McDavid is on pace to become the next best player in the world. He is slowly but surely starting to climb into that conversation. McDavid is one of the fastest players in the NHL, he makes amazing passes, and he can score with ease. Connor McDavid is a pass first player. He was the number one pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. McDavid missed most of his rookie season due to a collarbone injury. He has had back-to-back seasons of at least 100 points. Connor McDavid scored 41 goals and recorded 67 assists last season. His plus/minus was 20. What's amazing is that he had less to work with this year and he still had 67 assists. Can you imagine how many assists Connor McDavid would of had if he had a better supporting cast? In 209 career games, he has 256 points.

2. Alex Ovechkin, Winger, Washington Capitals: Ovechkin is one of the greatest goal scorers of all time and he might even be one of the greatest players of all time. That being said entering the 2017-2018 season, he was missing something from his resume' and that was a Stanley Cup Title. He adapted his game and it paid off at the end. His leadership came into play after being down 0-2 in the first round against the Columbus Blue Jackets and he claimed they would be tied at 2 heading back home for a Game 5. Ovechkin was right about that and then they eventually won the Stanley Cup, including knocking off the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games in the second round. Alex Ovechkin scored 49 goals and recorded 38 assists last season. His plus/minus was 3. He has 609 career goals, and he has 1,122 career points in 1,003 career games. Ovechkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy and in 24-playoff games, he scored 15 goals and recorded 12 assists. His plus/minus was 8. Ovechkin also had a wicked one-timer from the left point. He also won the goal scoring title this past season.

1.Sidney Crosby, Center, Pittsburgh Penguins: Crosby is the best player in the world right now and just a couple of years ago, it seemed like if he lost his game until Mike Sullivan came around. Sidney Crosby became a different player after that and he led the Pittsburgh Penguins to two Stanley Cup titles. He is one of the reasons why the Pittsburgh Penguins have made it to the postseason for the past 12 years. Crosby is a magician with the puck and he is a pass first player. Crosby has also been a magician of scoring goals when the puck is in mid-air. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2016 and 2017. Crosby also won the goal scoring title during the 2016-2017 season. He has also had concussions that has plagued him at some point during his career. In 864 career games, Crosby has 1,116 points.

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