By: Tomas Vessio – @TomasVessio15
The BRKDWN NHL team has compiled a list of the Top 50 NHL players for the upcoming 2019/20 season in a series of articles that is now finally complete. Here are the top 10 players in the NHL.
10. Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs, C
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 68 G: 37 A: 36 PTS: 73 +/-: – 9
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 7 G: 5 A: 1 PTS: 6 +/-: – 3
The face of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews, had over a point per game last season where he suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him for 14 games. With his elite wrist shot, a power-play genius and unbelievable mustache, Matthews is looking to have a career year and get the Leafs past the first round.
9. Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks, D
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 82 G: 16 A: 67 PTS: 83 +/-: 13
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 20 G: 5 A: 11 PTS: 16 +/-: 2
The dominant D-man, Brent Burns has been arguably the best player at his position for many years now recording points left, right and centre. Burns had a career year in assists (67) and points (83) this past season and looks to match that tally this year with an older but still good Sharks team.
8. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning, G
2018/19 Season Stats: W: 39 L: 10 OTL: 4 SO: 6 SV%: .925 GAA: 2.40
2019 Playoff Stats: W: 0 L: 4 SO: 0 SV%: .856 GAA: 3.83
Although Vasilevskiy’s season didn’t end the way he wanted to, he had an unbelievable year to say the least. He took home the Vezina Trophy this past NHL awards and is looking to be fully healthy for this year and have a monster year in pursuit for the Stanley Cup.
7. Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins, LW
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 79 G: 36 A: 64 PTS: 100 +/-: 15
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 24 G: 9 A: 14 PTS: 23 +/-: 4
A year to remember (besides Game 7 of the Finals) for Brad Marchand. Marchand hit the century mark for the first time in his 10 year NHL career where he also had career highs in assists, power-play goals and points. On that deadly first line for the Bruins, Marchand looks to stay as one of the league’s best next year as well.
6. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, RW
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 81 G: 44 A: 66 PTS: 110 +/-: 2
Another disappointing season for the hawks but not for Patrick Kane. Kane recorded 110 points which is a career high for him and the most for the Blackhawks since Jermey Roenick hit 107 in the 93/94 season. Kane is trying with all his strength to lead this team back to the postseason for the first time since 2017.
5. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, LW
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 81 G: 51 A: 38 PTS: 89 +/-: 7
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 7 G: 4 A: 5 PTS: 9 +/-: – 2
The NHL’s only 50 goal scorer last season, Alex Ovechikin is still dominating goalies at age 34. His patent one timer on the power-play has been an unsavable shot for years now and hopefully we see more of it next season. Fans of the Caps and Ovechkin are hoping he catches up to Wayne Gretzky’s goal record (894) in the next couple years and he could do it if he plays after his contract.
4. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche, C
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 82 G: 41 A: 58 PTS: 99 +/-: 20
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 12 G: 6 A: 7 PTS: 13 +/-: – 4
The speedy Avalanche centre-man, Nathan MacKinnon once again had a breakout season and a great playoff run. The young Cole Harbour native has emerged as one of the league’s best after having back to back seasons with over 95 points and being the play driver for the Avs.
3. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, C
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 79 G: 35 A: 65 PTS: 100 +/-: 18
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 4 G: 0 A: 1 PTS: 1 +/-: – 4
The other Cole harbour native who has been in the NHL for a while now, Sidney Crosby carried the Penguins this year to a playoff spot. Recording his sixth 100 point season of his NHL career is an impressive achievement considering his injury troubles and linemates at times.
2. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning, RW
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 82 G: 41 A: 87 PTS: 128 +/-: 24
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 3 G: 0 A: 2 PTS: 2 +/-: – 4
The raging Russian absolutely exploded and led the entire NHL in points as he took home the Art Ross, Ted Lindsay Award, and Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP. Kucherov is pleased with all that but wants the Stanley Cup added to his hardware at the end of the next season.
- Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers, C
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 78 G: 41 A: 75 PTS: 116 +/-: 3
The face of the Edmonton Oilers has been the NHL’s best player for a few years now and is only 23. McDavid recorded 116 points on a horrible Oilers team that he desperately wants to take back to the playoffs. Coming off MCL surgery, he has his sights on carrying the Oilers (along with Draisatl) to the Playoffs.
The BRKDWN’s list is finally complete for the Top 50 NHL players. Make sure to follow us on twitter @the_BRKDWN and keep updated on our articles for the whole 2019/20 NHL season.