NHL Top 50 Players Entering 2019-2020 Season (20-11)
If the Top NHL players have not been listed on my Top 50 NHL Players list, that means they are elite. Up to this point, I have announced players 50-21. They are 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, 31. Sean Monahan, C, Calgary Flames, 30. Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville Predators, 29. Jonathan Huberdeau, F, Florida Panthers, 28. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Florida Panthers, 27. Jake Guentzel, F, Pittsburgh Penguins, 26. Ben Bishop, G, Dallas Stars, 25. Blake Wheeler, F, Winnipeg Jets, 24. John Carlson, D, Washington Capitals, 23. Brent Burns, D, San Jose Sharks, 22. Brayden Point, C, Tampa Bay Lightning, and 21. Mark Giordano, D, Calgary Flames.
Which players will be ranked 20-11?
20. Phil Kessel, F, Arizona Coyotes
The Arizona Coyotes got their main goal scorer now in Phil Kessel and he is 31 years old. Kessel helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. He is now reunited with Head Coach Rick Tocchet. Tocchet was an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the Stanley Cup runs. Arizona is potentially on the cusp of making the playoffs next season for the first time since 2011-2012. Phil Kessel is one of the elite goal scorers in the game. In 82 games played with Pittsburgh last season, he scored 27 goals and recorded 55 assists. His plus/minus was -19.
19. Mikko Rantanen, F, Colorado Avalanche
Rantanen is already an elite player at just 22 years old and he is one of the key components moving forward with this franchise. Colorado has made improvements over the past couple of seasons and they could be on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup Title for the third time in franchise history in a couple of seasons. Mikko Rantanen played on a line with Nathan MacKinnon and that has helped out his game big time as well. Rantanen is also a tremendous skater. In 74 games played last season, he scored 31 goals and recorded 56 assists. His plus/minus was 13.
18. David Pastrnak, F, Boston Bruins
Pastrnak is an elite goal scorer and he has also developed a solid passing game as well. David Pastrnak was one of the reasons why Boston made it to the Stanley Cup Finals and they were also one win away from winning the Stanley Cup Title for the first time since 2011. He played on the same line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand for most of the season. David Pastrnak is 23 years old. He played in 66 NHL games last season and Pastrnak scored 38 goals and recorded 41 assists. His plus/minus was 6.
17. John Tavares, C, Toronto Maple Leafs
Tavares signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs last offseason and he made his stamp with his first season in Toronto. John Tavares left the New York Islanders to head back home and Islanders fans were not very kind to him. He is one of the most elite offensive players on the planet. New York could have been a serious Stanley Cup contender if Tavares stayed with them and is 28 years old. In 82 games played last season, he scored 47 goals and recorded 41 assists. His plus/minus was 19.
16. Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston Bruins
Bergeron might be the best two-way player in the NHL. He is tremendous defensively and Patrice Bergeron is also solid in the face-off circle. He is one of the glue pieces on this hockey team and is 33 years old. Bergeron, David Pastrnak, and Brad Marchand all had solid chemistry playing together. In 65 NHL games played in last season, Patrice Bergeron scored 32 goals and recorded 47 assists. His plus/minus was 23.
15. Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins
Malkin has the talent of a top-five player, but he did not act like one last season. This was his first down season in a while. Evgeni Malkin is 33 years old. In 68 games played last season, he scored 21 goals and 51 assists. His plus/minus was -25.
14. Artemi Panarin, F, New York Rangers
Panarin will give the New York Rangers a boost offensively. He played with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. Artemi Panarin played a big role in the first-round upset against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is a very fast skater and Panarin is very dangerous with the puck. He is 27 years old. In 82 NHL games played last season, Artemi Panarin scored 28 goals and recorded 59 assists. His plus/minus was 14.
13. Mitchell Marner, C, Toronto Maple Leafs
Marner should have been an NHL All-Star last season, but he wasn’t for some reason. Mitchell Marner is one of the most underrated players in the NHL and he deserves to be paid big bucks, but Toronto and his camp have not agreed to a contract yet. Marner is 22 years old. He is a very good passer and skates well. In 82 games played last season, Mitchell Marner scored 26 goals and recorded 68 assists. His plus/minus was 22.
12. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning
Vasilevskiy is probably the best goalie in the game right now. He signed a massive contract extension with Tampa Bay and his contract has set the market for goalies. Vasilevskiy will be getting $9.5 million per season starting in 2020-2021. He is one of the few goalies in the NHL that could take over a game with his raw athleticism. Andrei Vasilevskiy won the Vezina Trophy (NHL’s best goalie) this past season. He is 25 years old. His record was 39-10-4 in 53 games played. Vasievskiy’s save percentage was .925 and his GAA was 2.40. He also recorded six shutouts.
11. Johnny Gaudreau, F, Calgary Flames
Gaudreau is only 5’9″ and even though he isn’t very tall, Johnny Gaudreau uses his speed to his advantage. He is a pain in the neck to control whenever Gaudreau touches the ice. The Calgary Flames had the best record in the NHL Western Conference last season, but they were bounced in the first round of the postseason in five games against the Colorado Avalanche. He is 25 years old. Johnny Gaudreau played in 82 games and he scored 36 goals and recorded 63 assists. His plus/minus was 18.
Next week I will announce players 10-1.
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