Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau has been named to the first-ever NHL Network Top 20 Forwards Right Now list.
Gaudreau sat 15th on the list, which aired this past Saturday. NHL Network’s Jamison Coyle and E.J. Hradek counted down the best forwards based on player performance over the past several seasons, with an emphasis on the 2015-2016 season. The ranking also weighted projected performance in the 2016-2017 season, taking into account players returning from injury and young players expected to break out.
In 2015-16, Gaudreau led the Flames in shots (217), game-winning goals (6), overtime goals (3), even-strength points (57), power play points (21), goals (30), assists (48), and points (78). He was also sixth in the NHL scoring race, trailing just Joe Pavelski, Erik Karlsson, Joe Thornton, Sidney Crosby, Jamie Benn, and Patrick Kane.
In 160 career games, Gaudreau has 55 goals, 88 assists and 143 points. He was a 2015 Calder Memorial Trophy finalist after he netted 24 goals and 64 points in his rookie season. He also led the Flames in postseason scoring in 2015, registering four goals and nine points in 11 skates.
NHL NETWORK'S TOP 20 FORWARDS RIGHT NOW
1. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
3. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
4. Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
5. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
6. Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
7. John Tavares, New York Islanders
8. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
9. Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
10. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
11. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
12. Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
13. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
14. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
15. Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
16. Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
17. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
18. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
19. Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
20. Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals