NHL Top 50 Players (40-31) Entering the 2021 Season

A couple of weeks ago, I started my Top 50 players list across the NHL. If you missed the first version, the 50-41 ranked players are 50. Claude Giroux, C, Philadelphia Flyers 49. Max Pacioretty, F, Vegas Golden Knights 48. Ben Bishop, G, Dallas Stars 47. Tyler Seguin, C, Dallas Stars 46. Kyle Connor, C, Winnipeg Jets 45. Jordan Binnington, G, St. Louis Blues 44. Mathew Barzal, C, New York Islanders 43. Jakob Markstrom, G, Calgary Flames 42. Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins and 41. Jake Guentzel, F, Pittsburgh Penguins.

Who will be ranked 40-31 on this list this week?

40. Sean Couturier, C, Philadelphia Flyers

Couturier is entering the prime of his career at 27 years old. He is one of the most physical centermen in the NHL and Sean Couturier should honestly be the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers.

His play speaks for itself. In 69 games played last season, he scored 22 goals and recorded 39 assists. His plus/minus was 21. Couturier is also one of the best two-way centermen in the entire NHL though.

39. Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston Bruins

Bergeron is a physical specimen as well down the middle of the ice for Boston. He was a part of a dominant first line for Bruce Cassidy‘s bunch. Patrice Bergeron played with David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand.

Bergeron played in 61 games last season and was injured for part of the season. He scored 31 goals and recorded 25 assists. His plus/minus was 23. Patrice Bergeron is 35 years old and isn’t getting any younger though.

38. Teuvo Teravainen, F, Carolina Hurricanes

At just 26 years old, Teravainen is entering the prime of his career. He is a part of a top-line with Sebastian Aho and also Andrei Svechnikov. This team could win a Stanley Cup Title under Rod Brind’Amour one day.

Carolina is still relatively young. In 68 games played last season, he scored 15 goals and recorded 48 assists. His plus/minus was 20.

37. Patrik Laine, F, Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets were looking to trade Patrik Laine because of cap issues. He is one of the best snipers in the game. That’s Laine’s trait in scoring goals, but he needs to work on his defensive game though.

Patrik Laine is only 22 years old. The asking price for him is very high though. In 68 games played last season, he scored 28 goals and recorded 35 assists. His plus/minus was 8.

36. Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens weren’t even going to be in the playoffs last season under normal circumstances, but Carey Price played well in the expanded postseason due to the coronavirus.

They eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in six games in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Price is one of the best goalies of all-time in the NHL, but he is always injured though. At 33 years old, he played in 58 games last season. His record was 27-25-6 with a .909 save percentage and a 2.79 GAA, along with four shutouts though.

35. Carter Hart, G, Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers have found their number one goalie of the future in Carter Hart. He is very calm and has a ton of room to grow. It would not be a surprise to see him win a Vezina Trophy down the road.

Alain Vigneault feels like his bunch is on the right track to win a Stanley Cup Title for the first time since 1975. Nothing seems to relatively rattle him and seems to be healthy a lot though. In 43 games played last season, his record was 24-13-3 with a .914 save percentage and a 2.42 GAA, along with one shutout. He is only 22 years old though.

34. Quinn Hughes, D, Vancouver Canucks

Quinn Hughes is one of the best young defensemen in the NHL. He is the heart and soul of the Vancouver Canucks blueline. Hughes is going to be a stud for many years to come.

He is solid on the back end being the quarterback of the first power-play unit though. Quinn Hughes could use a little work on the backend of his defense, but he is finesse when it comes to passing the puck and skating though. Hughes played in 68 games last season. He only scored eight goals, but he recorded 45 assists. His plus/minus was -10. Quinn Hughes is only 21 years old though.

33. Miro Heiskanen, D, Dallas Stars

Heiskanen is another young defenseman that is making a name for himself. He was fantastic for the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Miro Heiskanen could have won the Conn Smythe Trophy had Dallas won it all though.

He is only 21 years old and will be a finesse player for the next decade and maybe more for the Stars. In 68 games played last season, Miro Heiskanen scored eight goals and recorded 27 assists. His plus/minus was 14.

32. Cale Makar, D, Colorado Avalanche

Cale Makar is the fastest young defenseman in the league potentially. The NHL has a ton of stars on the backend moving forward though. He is only 22 years old and Makar won the Calder Trophy (NHL Rookie of the Year) this past season.

He can win multiple Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche, alongside Nathan MacKinnon. Makar always blows you away with his skating ability and his passing of the puck. In 68 games played last season, he scored 12 goals and recorded 38 assists. His plus/minus was 12.

31. Blake Wheeler, C, Winnipeg Jets

Wheeler is 34 years old. When he was injured in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers by Calgary Flames forward Mathew Tkachuk, the Winnipeg Jets did not have the same finesse though.

Blake Wheeler is the captain of this hockey team for a reason with his leadership and his amazing puck movement though. He played in 71 games last season. Wheeler scored 22 goals and recorded 43 assists last season. His plus/minus was 1.

Hopefully sometime next week, players 30-21 will be announced.

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