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NHL Power Rankings: Top 50 Forwards, Nos. 50-25

By Colin Likas
Jan 21, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates as he scores a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 21, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates as he scores a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) right is defended by Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly (44) left during the first period of their NHL game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /

Which forwards would you most like to have on your NHL team next season?

Fans of various NHL teams are constantly in battle over which player is the league’s best, or if one player is better than another player. That’s especially true of forwards, the guys who are often at the forefront of a team or game.

The debate will always rage on regarding guys like Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews, and guys like Patrick Kane, Alexander Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and the like. If there’s some sort of statistic or comparable ideal between NHL players, you know fans and “experts” will debate it.

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I’m certainly no expert, but I am a hockey fan. And I’m going to offer NHL power rankings for the top 50 forwards heading into the 2016-17 season, starting with Nos. 50-25 today.

Now, these rankings aren’t necessarily based on a single statistic. If they were, I would’ve just ranked the forwards based on how many points they scored last season. These rankings are objective and subjective; they combine statistical success with how much I’d like to have certain players on my NHL team (if I were an owner/general manager).

And with that, let’s get started.

Next: Nos. 50-38

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