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NHL Power Rankings: Top 10 Western Conference Forwards

By Matt Barbato
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May 17, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) during a stoppage in play against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period in game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

7. Ryan Getzlaf 

Getzlaf may receive a lot of criticism for his postseason hibernations, but there’s no doubt he’s one of the most productive captains in the NHL. His stats fell back to earth a bit after an 87-point effort in the 2013-14 season, but he still put up the second-highest goal total of his career with 25 goals to go with 45 assists last season.

Getzlaf’s playmaking ability is impressive for a man his size. The 6-foot-4, 211-pound center is an excellent facilitator, can score with the snap of the wrist and isn’t hesitant to go down to the net mouth and create some gritty goals.

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It’s also tough to challenge Getzlaf’s postseason performance this year. The Ducks’ captain didn’t light the lamp too much in the postseason, but his 18 assists in just 16 games were tied for the most among all players in the playoffs.

Getzlaf will enter the 2014-15 season as a 30-year-old, but there’s no reason to believe he cannot post another 70-point season once again for the Ducks.

Next: No. 6: Daniel Sedin

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