NHL Top 50 Players Entering the 2021 Season (20-11)

The NHL is still trying to figure out the date, its schedule alignment, and also the division alignment for the 2021 season due to the coronavirus. In the meantime, I will continue going over my Top 50 players list entering the 2021 NHL Season.

There are so many talented players in the NHL, but only so many can crack this list. We are getting into the elite players on this list. If you are just checking in on this list, this is what you have missed so far.

The players that are ranked 50-21 at this moment are as follows:

50-41

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. Jacob Markstrom, G, Calgary Flames 42. Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins, 41. Jake Guentzel, F, Pittsburgh Penguins,

40-31

40. Sean Couturier, C, Philadelphia Flyers, 39. Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston Bruins, 38. Teuvo Teravainen, F, Carolina Hurricanes, 37. Patrik Laine, F, Winnipeg Jets, 36. Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens, 35. Carter Hart, G, Philadelphia Flyers, 34. Quinn Hughes, D, Vancouver Canucks, 33. Miro Heiskanen, D, Dallas Stars, 32. Cale Makar, D, Colorado Avalanche, 31. Blake Wheeler, C, Winnipeg Jets,

30-21

30. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, Calgary Flames, 29. Mika Zibanejad, C, New York Rangers, 28. Connor Hellebuyck, G, Winnipeg Jets, 27. Elias Pettersson, C, Vancouver Canucks, 26. Sebastian Aho, C, Carolina Hurricanes, 25. Johnny Gaudreau, C, Calgary Flames, 24. John Tavares, C, Toronto Maple Leafs, 23. Mitch Marner, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs, 22. Mark Scheifele, C, Winnipeg Jets, and 21. Victor Hedman, D, Tampa Bay Lightning.

20. Alex Pietrangelo, D, Vegas Golden Knights

Pietrangelo left the St. Louis Blues for the Vegas Golden Knights in the offseason on a seven-year deal worth $61.6 million. Alex Pietrangelo maybe the first captain of Vegas in franchise history. That speaks volumes of the leadership he brings on and off the ice.

Pietrangelo was one of the reasons why he brought a Stanley Cup Title to the St. Louis Blues for the first time in franchise history in seven games against the Boston Bruins after a horrendous start to that season. In 70 games last season with the St. Louis Blues, he scored 16 goals and recorded 36 assists. His plus/minus was 11. Pietrangelo is only 30 years old.

19. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning

Vasilevskiy is by far the best and most athletic goalie in the NHL. He can take over a game with ease. Andrei Vasilevskiy was solid in the playoffs as well as the regular season, but his only shutout of the postseason came in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Dallas Stars 2-0.

It was the first time since 2004 that the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup. That was when Tampa Bay defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games. He is only 26 years old and is entering the prime of his illustrious career. Vasilevskiy played and started in 52 games this past season. His record was 35-14-3 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.56 GAA, along with three shutouts.

18. Roman Josi, D, Nashville Predators

Josi is one of the best blueliners in the NHL. He won the Norris Trophy this past season over John Carlson of the Washington Capitals and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Roman Josi plays a two-way game very efficiently as well.

Their offense always starts from the blueline and Nashville needs more goal-scoring from their forwards. Josi played in 69 games last season. He scored 16 goals and recorded 49 assists. His plus/minus was 22. Josi is only 30 years old.

17. John Carlson, D, Washington Capitals

Carlson was highway robbed of the Norris Trophy, that Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators won. John Carlson was by far the best defenseman on the ice last season. He is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of the Washington Capitals blueline. Carlson has developed into one of the best defenseman, if not the best defenseman in the NHL over the past few years.

He has also proven himself to be a solid skater and puck distributor. John Carlson is also the quarterback on the power play and has been doing this for seasons. He is only 30 years old. Carlson played in 69 games last season for the Washington Capitals. He scored 15 goals and recorded 60 assists for Washington. His plus/minus was 12.

16. Jonathan Huberdeau, C, Florida Panthers

Huberdeau is one of the most underrated players in the NHL. If he was in any other NHL market, he would be publicized more often. Johnathan Huberdeau is very slick and skilled as well. Florida doesn’t have many good players, but he is by far their best player.

Huberdeau is 27 years old. He played in 69 games last season with the Florida Panthers. Jonathan Huberdeau scored 23 goals and recorded 55 assists. His plus/minus was 5.

15. Jack Eichel, C, Buffalo Sabres

Eichel’s prime years are being wasted in Buffalo. This is why they signed Taylor Hall to a one-year deal in the offseason, but who knows if it is going to work. Jack Eichel is a very elite player and he also gets a bad reputation for being a loser type of player here.

Eichel played in 68 games last season with the Buffalo Sabres. He scored 36 goals and recorded 42 assists. His plus/minus was 5.

14. Brayden Point, C, Tampa Bay Lightning

Point has emerged into a third superstar for the Tampa Bay Lightning and acted as the second superstar for them when Steven Stamkos was sidelined for most of the postseason. Brayden Point was highway robbed of the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Point scored many game-winning goals including Game 1 in 5OT against the Columbus Blue Jackets and also Game 5 of that series as well to send Columbus home. Brayden Point has a clutch gene and he is only 24 years old. He played in 66 games last season for Tampa Bay. Point scored 25 goals and recorded 39 assists for the Tampa Bay Lightning. His plus/minus was 28.

13. Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay Lightning

Stamkos is one of the best players in the game when he was healthy. He only played in one playoff game and that was in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Dallas Stars. Steven Stamkos only played in 2:47 of ice time in this game.

Stamkos was the first to touch the Stanley Cup anyway and he is the captain of this hockey club. He won’t retire despite his injury and is only 30 years old. Steven Stamkos played in 57 games last season and scored 29 goals and recorded 37 assists. His plus/minus was 14.

12. Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh Penguins

Malkin is 34 years old and is entering the final year of his contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has played second fiddle to Sidney Crosby throughout his entire career. Evgeni Malkin is one of the most talented players in the NHL.

He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer one day in Toronto, Ontario. Malkin is always a threat to score on the power play on a one-timer and also anywhere on the ice. His skating ability is tremendous but has a bad of habit of being lazy. In 55 games last season, Evgeni Malkin scored 25 goals and recorded 49 assists. His plus/minus was 7.

11. Auston Matthews, C, Toronto Maple Leafs

Matthews is the most electrifying goal scorer on the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is 23 years old and is by far the best player on Toronto and he should have been the captain over John Tavares.

Auston Matthews isn’t a strong passer and he needs to get tougher and be more physical down the middle of the ice. Matthews played in 70 games last season. He scored 47 goals and recorded 33 assists. His plus/minus was 19.

The final rankings of 10-1 will be released some time next week.

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