There has been plenty of power shifting around the NHL during this busy offseason, but the Western Conference remains deeper and more cutthroat than the East. The West flexed its muscles this season by holding the defending champion Los Angeles Kings out of the postseason entirely.
Each week during the offseason, this NHL power rankings series will break down the best players by position around the conference, starting with the forwards.
Although two of the top three scorers in the NHL hail from Eastern Conference squads, the West still has plenty of forwards stuffing the stat sheet and has plenty of excellent two-way forwards as well. A diversity of talent is spread across the conference, as 12 teams were in postseason contention for much of the regular season.
Here is my list of the top 10 forwards in the Western Conference.
Next: No. 10: Jaden Schwartz
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