Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien
ranked 42nd while Jets forward Blake Wheeler
ranked 45th on NHL Network’s new countdown series Top 50 Players Right Now Sunday night, ranking the best players in the National Hockey League. Byfuglien finished one spot ahead of Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook and one spot behind three-time All-Star Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks. Wheeler finished one spot ahead of 2015 Calder Memorial Trophy winner Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers and one spot behind Dallas Stars defenceman John Klingberg.
NHL Network’s Tony Luftman and Mike Johnson counted down the best players 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. An embeddable video recap of players ranked 50-41, including Byfuglien and Wheeler, can be seen here.
NHL Network’s Top 50 Players Right Now, 50-41:
50. Martin Jones, G, San Jose Sharks
49. Shayne Gostisbehere, D, Philadelphia Flyers
48. Ryan McDonagh, D, New York Rangers
47. Alex Pietrangelo, D, St. Louis Blues
46. Aaron Ekblad, D, Florida Panthers
45. Blake Wheeler, F, Winnipeg Jets
44. John Klingberg, D, Dallas Stars
43. Brent Seabrook, D, Chicago Blackhawks
42. Dustin Byfuglien, D, Winnipeg Jets
41. Ryan Getzlaf, F, Anaheim Ducks
Seven Hart Memorial Trophy winners, three Vezina Trophy winners and five Calder Memorial Trophy winners are among the ranking in NHL Network’s five-part series Top 50 Players Right Now, continuing Saturday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET with players ranked 40-31. In its new slate of offseason programming, NHL Network also ranked the best position players across the National Hockey League in Top 20 Forwards Right Now, Top 20 Defencemen Right Now, and Top 10 Goalies Right Now. Viewers can visit NHLNetwork.com for videos on the latest rankings.