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Top 10 active NHL players without Stanley Cup title

Veterans Lundqvist, Thornton lead list; Stamkos, Tavares elite forwards vying for first championship

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Senior Fantasy Editor

The St. Louis Blues, who defeated the Boston Bruins in seven games to win the Stanley Cup, are finally off the list of teams to never win a championship. Even after forwards Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O'Reilly and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo won their first title, the list of valuable players without one remains lengthy.

Taking past production, career longevity, elite standing at respective positions, postseason success and previous trips to the Stanley Cup Final into account, identifies the top 10 active NHL players yet to win a title.


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NOTE: Players entering at least their 10th NHL season in 2019-20 have been included on this list. The following elite young players have been excluded in favor of those with more experience: Connor McDavid, EDM (entering fifth); Nikita Kucherov, TBL (seventh); Nathan MacKinnon, COL (seventh); Auston Matthews, TOR (fourth); Leon Draisaitl, EDM (sixth); Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (seventh); Patrik Laine, WPG (fourth); David Pastrnak, BOS (sixth); Artemi Panarin, CBJ (fifth); Mikko Rantanen, COL (fifth) and Jack Eichel, BUF (fifth).


1. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR

Entering 15th NHL season in 2019-20
Stanley Cup Final appearance: 2014

The New York Rangers goalie has at least 30 wins in 11 of his 13 full NHL regular seasons and won the Vezina Trophy in 2011-12. Lundqvist has 449 wins, all with the Rangers, which ranks second among active goalies behind Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers (489). Lundqvist has played 128 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, going 61-65 with a .922 save percentage and 10 shutouts, second among active goalies behind Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights (15). The 37-year-old helped New York reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2014, losing to the Los Angeles Kings in five games.


2. Joe Thornton, SJS

Entering 22nd NHL season in 2019-20
Stanley Cup Final appearance: 2016
NOTE: Can become unrestricted free agent July 1

The San Jose Sharks center has 1,478 points (413 goals, 1,065 assists) in 1,566 regular-season games, the most among active NHL players and 14th-most in League history. He's first among active NHL players with 532 power-play points. Thornton, who will turn 40 on July 2, has 133 points (31 goals, 102 assists) in 179 playoff games and helped the Sharks to their first Cup Final appearance in 2016, when they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. He won the Hart and Art Ross trophies in 2005-06 after the Sharks acquired him from the Bruins that season.

Video: What's next for Thornton and Pavelski?


3. Steven Stamkos, TBL

Entering 12th NHL season in 2019-20
Stanley Cup Final appearance: 2015

The Tampa Bay Lightning forward has 766 points (393 goals, 373 assists) in 746 regular-season games, all with Tampa Bay. His 0.53 goals-per game average ranks second among active players with at least 100 games played behind Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (0.61). The 29-year-old Lightning captain won the Maurice Richard Trophy in 2009-10 (51 goals) and 2011-12 (60). Stamkos has 53 points (23 goals, 30 assists) in 70 playoff games and helped Tampa Bay reach the 2015 Cup Final, when it lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.


4. Erik Karlsson, SJS

Entering 11th NHL season in 2019-20
No Stanley Cup Final appearances

The San Jose Sharks defenseman has 563 points (129 goals, 434 assists) in 680 regular-season games and leads active NHL defensemen in career points per game (0.83). He won the Norris Trophy in 2011-12 and 2014-15 and had an NHL career-high 82 points (16 goals, 66 assists) in 82 games in 2015-16. The 29-year-old has 53 points (eight goals, 45 assists) in 67 playoff games and helped the Senators to the 2017 Eastern Conference Final, when they lost to the Penguins in seven games. Acquired by the Sharks on Sept. 13, Karlsson missed time with a groin injury during the regular season but returned to help them reach the Western Conference Final.

Video: What's next for Erik Karlsson?


5. Carey Price, MTL

Entering 13th NHL season in 2019-20
No Stanley Cup Final appearances

The Montreal Canadiens goalie is 321-225-68 with a .918 SV% and 44 shutouts in 624 regular-season games, all with Montreal, and is their all-time leader in wins. He won the Hart and Vezina trophies in 2014-15, going 44-16-6 with a .933 SV% and nine shutouts. The 31-year-old is 25-31 with a .914 SV% and five shutouts in 60 playoff games. He helped Montreal to the 2014 Eastern Conference Final before sustaining a lower-body injury in Game 1 and missing the remainder of the series; the Rangers defeated the Canadiens in six games. Price also backed up Jaroslav Halak when the Canadiens made the 2010 conference final and lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in five games.


6. John Tavares, TOR

Entering 11th NHL season in 2019-20
No Stanley Cup Final appearances

The Toronto Maple Leafs center has 709 points (319 goals, 390 assists) in 751 regular-season games and has exceeded 80 points four times, including an NHL career-high 88 this season, his first in Toronto. He has 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) in 31 postseason games, including the double-overtime goal against the Panthers in Game 6 of the 2016 first round that gave the New York Islanders their first playoff series win in 23 years.


7. Patrick Marleau, TOR

Entering 22nd NHL season in 2019-20
Stanley Cup Final appearance: 2016

The Maple Leafs forward has 1,166 points (551 goals, 615 assists) in 1,657 regular-season games, the second-most goals among active players behind Ovechkin (658). Marleau has the second-longest active consecutive games streak in the NHL (788, having not missed a game since 2008-09) behind Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle (797) and sixth-longest in League history. Marleau has 127 points (72 goals, 55 assists) in 191 postseason games and helped the Sharks reach the 2016 Cup Final.


8. Pekka Rinne, NSH

Entering 14th NHL season in 2019-20
Stanley Cup Final appearance: 2017

The Nashville Predators goalie is 341-187-70 with a .918 SV% and 55 shutouts in 623 regular-season games, all with Nashville. He has the most wins in Predators history, ranks fifth in the category among active goalies and has exceeded 40 wins three times. He won the Vezina Trophy in 2018, going 42-13-4 with a .927 SV% and eight shutouts in 59 games. He is 45-44 with a .914 SV% and five shutouts in 89 playoff games and went 14-8 with a 1.96 GAA, .930 SV% and two shutouts in 22 games during Nashville's run to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, when the Predators lost to the Penguins in six games.


9. Claude Giroux, PHI

Entering 13th NHL season in 2019-20
Stanley Cup Final appearance: 2010

The Flyers forward has 762 points (236 goals, 526 assists) in 820 regular-season games, including the third-most points in the NHL since 2010-11 (688) behind Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (710) and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (708). Giroux had an NHL career-high 102 points (34 goals, 68 assists) in 2017-18 and followed it up with 85 this season. Giroux has 65 points (24 goals, 41 assists) in 69 playoff games and helped the Flyers reach the Cup Final in 2010, when they lost to the Blackhawks in six games.


10. Brent Burns, SJS

Entering 16th NHL season in 2019-20
Stanley Cup Final appearance: 2016

The Sharks defenseman has 649 points (198 goals, 451 assists) in 1,043 regular-season games, including an NHL career-high 83 points (16 goals, 67 assists) in 82 games this season to lead the position in scoring for the second time in three seasons (76 in 2016-17). Burns won the Norris Trophy in 2016-17 and is a finalist for the award this season. Burns has 62 points (20 goals, 42 assists) in 94 playoff games and is the third player on this list who reached the Cup Final with the Sharks in 2016.


Other notable active players without Stanley Cup title: Ryan Miller, ANA (17th); Jason Spezza, DAL (17th); Ryan Kesler, ANA (16th); Zach Parise, MIN (15th); Shea Weber, MTL (15th); Ryan Suter, MIN (15th); Mike Green, DET (15th); Joe Pavelski, SJS (14th); Mark Giordano, CGY (14th); Paul Stastny, VGK (14th); Ilya Kovalchuk, LAK (13th); Blake Wheeler, WPG (12th); Max Pacioretty, VGK (12th); Jakub Voracek, PHI (12th); Victor Hedman, TBL (11th); P.K. Subban, NSH (11th); Logan Couture, SJS (11th); Jamie Benn, DAL (11th); Matt Duchene, CBJ (11th); Taylor Hall, NJD (10th); Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ (10th)


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