Blackhawks News

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 /
facebooktwitterreddit
3 of 3
nhl power rankings
Apr 16, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) and left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrate a goal by Kreider against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

He’s shown a ton of potential the last three seasons and really honed it in last year, securing 61 points for a roller coaster of a team. Is a takeaway machine (59 to 43 giveaways last season) and has no problem using his undersized body to either get to the net or prevent opposing scoring bids.. Right wing. . Mats Zuccarello. 37. team. 95

Ottawa rightfully signed him to a long-term deal this week. The 26-year-old has burst onto the scene the last two seasons and posted 59 points last year. Disciplined and good at hanging on to the puck, he has no problem firing that puck at the net (242 shots last season).. Left wing. . Mike Hoffman. 36. team. 91

Artemi Panarin. 35. team. 94. Blackhawks fans will be upset with this ranking, but Panarin needs quite a bit of work in the defensive and neutral zones. But his offensive prowess is so incredible that he still ranks ahead of many others. Has an awesome view of the ice and took the Calder Trophy last season with 77 points in his first North American season.. Left wing.

team. 104. Even at age 36, Sedin is still a consistent All-Star and Byng Trophy candidate and has been one of the better assist producers in recent history. Hasn’t played less than 18:20 per game since 2006-07 and has been within 10 games of a full season every year since 2009-10.. Left wing. . Daniel Sedin. 34

112. A big but quick forward, Monahan is rapidly rising up the NHL leaderboards. He set a career high in points last season (63), is a plus faceoff taker and fires a huge number of shots (197 last season). Puck possession needs a little improvement.. Center. . Sean Monahan. 32. team

104. Another guy who was a big target on the free agent market this year, he had a resurgent year with Boston while doing pretty much everything at a plus rate. Had 63 points and played capably in all three phases with aplomb. Injury history a major concern.. Right wing. . Loui Eriksson. 31. team

Claude Giroux. 30. team. 68. Has become one of the game’s better puck dishers, surpassing 45 helpers each of the last three seasons. Eats up a ton of minutes and wins a boatload of faceoffs and also plays in all three phases. Durability not really an issue, either, but offense has been down a bit recently despite assist success.. Center.

29. team. 12. Had a successful rookie campaign with a bad team, finishing fourth in Calder voting. Posted 56 points in 81 games, showing he was able to make the jump to big-leauge play. Puck possession and faceoff ability are works in progress, but at age 19, he offers a ton of potential is already displaying some of it.. Center. . Jack Eichel

Filip Fosberg. 28. team. 151. Has been really impressive the last two seasons, his first two full campaigns in the NHL. He netted 64 points while increasing his ice time by nearly two minutes from last season, uses his size to his advantage on offense and defense and was a top-10 Selke Trophy voting finisher at age 21 last season.. Center.

Max Pacioretty. 27. team. 152. Was really good on a team going through a tumultuous season last year. His 64 points came in all three phases of play, and he controlled the puck very well. His size is extremely difficult to contend with on both ends of the ice, and his shot is nasty to get in front of. A really tough guy to compete against.. Left wing.

team. 19. Doesn’t necessarily stand out offensively due to the team he plays for, but his 70 points despite starting more than 50 percent of his shifts in the defensive zone is impressive. Could be a little better at the dot, but is one of the better defensive centers in the league, and is also just 28 years old.. Center. . Nicklas Backstrom. 26

25. team. 12. Wins a lot of faceoffs (56.5 percent last season) and puts up a good number of points (60 last season). Plays a ton of minutes and is capable of turning the ice in his team’s favor. His point total with primarily defensive-zone starts is also impressive. Big body is hard to play against.. Center. . Ryan O'Reilly

facebooktwitterreddit