NHL: Top 50 Players Entering the 2019-2020 Season (30-21)
A couple of weeks ago, I began my Top 50 NHL Players List heading into the 2019-2020 season. In case you are reading this list for the first time, here are the players who have made the list so far: 50. Taylor Hall, C, New Jersey Devils, 49. Jamie Benn F, Dallas Stars, 48. Roman Josi, D, Nashville Predators, 47. Morgan Rielly, D, Toronto Maple Leafs, 46. Vladimir Tarasenko, F, St. Louis Blues, 45. Ryan O’Reilly, C, St. Louis Blues, 44. Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Vegas Golden Knights, 43. Kris Letang, D, Pittsburgh Penguins, 42. Robin Lehner, G, Chicago Blackhawks, 41. Victor Hedman, D, Tampa Bay Lightning, 40. Elias Pettersson, C, Vancouver Canucks, 39. Alex DeBrincat, F, Chicago Blackhawks, 38. Jack Eichel, C, Buffalo Sabres, 37. Claude Giroux, C, Philadelphia Flyers, 36. Patrik Laine, F. Winnipeg Jets, 35. Sebastian Aho, C, Carolina Hurricanes, 34. Jordan Binnington, G, St. Louis Blues, 33. Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens, 32. Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks, and 31. Sean Monahan, C, Calgary Flames.
Which players will be ranked 30-21?
30. Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville Predators
Rinne has been the backbone of this hockey team for the past several years. He is 36 years old and it is possible Pekka Rinne may not play in the NHL much longer. Nashville was the number one seed in the Central Division this past season, but Rinne wasn’t one of the reasons why they lost. He made a ton of big saves in the regular season and the postseason. His record last season was 30-19-4 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.42 GAA, along with four shutouts, in 56 games. Juuse Saros is 24 years old and he will be the goalie of the future at some point.
29. Jonathan Huberdeau, F, Florida Panthers
Huberdeau is one of the most underrated players in the NHL. He wasn’t talked about enough because of the market he played in. Jonathan Huberdeau will be a nice player for Joel Quenneville to work with. Huberdeau played in all 82 games last season. He scored 30 goals and recorded 62 assists. His plus/minus was -14.
28. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Florida Panthers
Bobrovsky decided to leave the Columbus Blue Jackets this offseason and sign with the Florida Panthers for the next seven years. He was one of the reasons why Columbus won a playoff series for the first time in franchise history last season against the Presidents’ Trophy winners, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Sergei Bobrovsky also played well against the Boston Bruins in the second round of the playoffs, but he wasn’t the reason why they lost. Bobrovsky hopes to help Florida win an NHL Stanley Cup Title for the first time in franchise history. In 62 games played last season, his record was 37-24-1 with a .913 save percentage and a 2.58 GAA, along with nine shutouts. He is only 30 years old.
27. Jake Guentzel, F, Pittsburgh Penguins
Guentzel is one of the fastest skaters in the game and he has made a living in the NHL playing on the same line with Sidney Crosby. Those two players have connected with each other since Day 1. Jake Guentzel is one of the best young players in the league and he is only 24 years old. In 82 games played last season, Guentzel scored 40 goals and recorded 36 assists. His plus/minus was 13.
26. Ben Bishop, G, Dallas Stars
Bishop had a very calm demeanor between the pipes for Dallas last season. Ben Bishop is 32 years old and when is healthy, he is one of the best goalies in the league. The Dallas Stars were one win away from reaching the Western Conference Finals last season, but they lost to the St. Louis Blues on the road in Game 7 in double overtime. Bishop put on a show for Dallas in the postseason, but they had one of the worst offenses in the league. He outdueled Pekka Rinne in the first round of the playoffs. In 46 games played last season, Ben Bishop’s record was 27-15-2 with a .934 save percentage and a 1.98 save percentage, along with seven shutouts. Ben Bishop was one of the finalists for the Vezina Trophy (NHL’s Top Goalie), but Tampa Bay Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy won that award.
25. Blake Wheeler, F, Winnipeg Jets
Wheeler continues to lead by example for this hockey team. Even though he is 32 years old, Blake Wheeler continues to improve day-by-day. He is one of the reasons why the Winnipeg Jets have made it to the postseason in the last couple of years. Wheeler is a beast on the power play, a solid skater, and a very good playmaker. In 82 games played last season, he scored 20 goals and recorded 71 assists. His plus/minus rating was even.
24. John Carlson, D, Washington Capitals
Carlson over the past couple of years has developed into the top defenseman for the Washington Capitals. He is also one of the best defensemen in the NHL because of skill set on offense and because of his defensive play as well. John Carlson also does a tremendous job at setting up other teammates. In 80 games last season, he scored 13 goals and recorded 57 assists. His plus/minus was 21.
23. Brent Burns, D, San Jose Sharks
Burns was one of the best defensemen in the NHL last season. He continues to get better with age and Brent Burns is 34 years old. He played in all 82 games last season, and Burns scored 16 goals and recorded 67 assists. His plus/minus was 13. There were points at the season last year that Brent Burns didn’t co-exist well with Erik Karlsson, but they both eventually figured it out.
22. Brayden Point, C, Tampa Bay Lightning
Point was a monster last season for Tampa Bay and he is only 23 years old. Brayden Point developed into the third option for the Lightning on offense after Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos. Point played in 79 games last season and he scored 41 goals and recorded 51 assists. His plus/minus was 27.
21. Mark Giordano, D, Calgary Flames
Giordano had the best year of his NHL career by far last season. He is 35 years old and Mark Giordano led this team by example. Mark Giordano won the Norris Trophy (NHL’s best defenseman award). He helped Calgary claim the best record in the Western Conference last season, but they were bounced in the first round in five games against the Colorado Avalanche last season. In 78 games played last season, Giordano scored 17 goals and recorded 57 assists. His plus/minus was 39. He was one of the best two-way players in the NHL last season as well.
Next week this list will be continued with players 20-11 being announced.
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