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 will most likely be released weekly into the month of September. For today’s list we’re looking at 10 NHL players ranked 50 to 41, that have made and will continue to make an impact on their respective teams next year.
50. Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche, LW
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 73 G: 34 A: 41 PTS: 75 +/-: 17
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 12 G: 3 A: 5 PTS: 8 +/-: – 2
The captain of the Colorado Avalanche had a career-high in goals, assists and points this past season alongside linemates Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. Landeskogs leadership skills led the Avs to a second-round playoff berth where they lost to the Sharks in seven games — but that was just the tip of the iceberg for this young Avalanche group.
49. Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets, RW
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 82 G: 30 A: 20 PTS: 50 +/-: – 24
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 6 G: 3 A: 1 PTS: 4 +/-: 2
Although Patrik Laine had his first down year of his very young NHL career, he still managed to get 30 goals, which was 43rd in the entire league. Laine’s elite shot and release are what he is known for and is what makes him such a great sharpshooter in the NHL.
48. Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks, C
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 71 G: 28 A: 38 PTS: 66 +/-: 3
Pettersson’s play this season brought a lot of excitement to the city of Vancouver and the Canucks organization. His elusive shot and amazing IQ is what the league was talking about when number 40 stepped on the ice at all times. His Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year) just builds him up as a top player in this league for a long time.
47. Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames, C
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 78 G: 34 A: 48 PTS: 82 +/-: 7
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 5 G: 1 A: 1 PTS: 2 +/-: 1
Over a point per game this year for the 24-year-old Brampton native, Sean Monahan really upped his play as the number one centremen for the Flames. His quick shot and great vision found himself in good offensive situations that benefited the Flames to a Western Conference championship.
46. Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs, D
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 82 G: 20 A: 52 PTS: 72 +/-: 24
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 7 G: 1 A: 4 PTS: 5 +/-: 0
Rielly’s breakout year on the Maple Leafs blue line was tremendous to watch game in and game out. Rielly scored 20 goals for the first time in his career and was the only D-man in the NHL to do so this past season.
45. Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues, RW
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 76 G: 33 A: 35 PTS: 68 +/-: 8
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 26 G: 11 A: 6 PTS: 17 +/-: – 5
Now Stanley Cup champion Vladimir Tarasenko had yet another 30 goal season in his NHL career and followed it up by a brilliant performance in the Cup run for the St. Louis Blues. Tarasenko gives the Blues a deadly weapon with his quick shot from either side of the offensive zone.
44. Roman Josi, Nashville Predators, D
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 82 G: 15 A: 41 PTS: 56 +/-: 9
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 6 G: 2 A: 2 PTS: 4 +/-: – 1
One of the most under-appreciated defenseman in the NHL, Roman Josi shows in his great two-way play that he is a great NHL player. The Captain of the Nashville Predators is entering next season with one year remaining on his deal and he will step it up to show his organization that he’s worth the top price salary.
43. John Carlson, Washington Capitals, D
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 80 G: 13 A: 57 PTS: 70 +/-: 21
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 7 G: 0 A: 5 PTS: 5 +/-: 0
The Capitals number one Defenseman has been an offensive threat from the blue line for a few years now. Carlson had a career year last year with 70 points and 33 being a man up on the power-play.
42. Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs, G
2018/19 Season Stats: W: 36 L: 16 OTL: 7 SO: 1 SV%: .917 GAA: 2.77
2019 Playoff Stats: W: 3 L: 4 SO: 0 SV%: .922 GAA: 2.75
The first goaltender on the list is Danish goalkeeper Frederik Andersen. “Freddie” as they like to call him in Toronto battled injuries all year long but yet was a big factor in the Maple Leafs success this past season.
41. Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets, D
2018/19 Season Stats: GP: 75 G: 9 A: 37 PTS: 46 +/-: 1
2019 Playoff Stats: GP: 10 G: 3 A: 6 PTS: 9 +/-: 0
The young American D-man is turning into a stud already at just the age of 24. Seth Jones has grown his all-around game a lot in his time with the Blue Jackets and it will continue to grow as he gets older and into his prime.
Be sure to follow along as we take a look at the NHL’s best 40 – 31 players next week.