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Super 16: Jagr, Bossy best right wings in expansion era

Kane only active NHL player to make rankings; Kurri, Selanne among top six

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Super 16: Right Wingers

Check out the Super 16 right wingers of all-time

Jaromir Jagr and Mike Bossy top the list of best post-expansion right wingers in Super 16 Classic Edition, presented by New Amsterdam Vodka

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The NHL season has been paused since March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, but the weekly Super 16 rolls on in a revamped form, looking at the history of the game. This week, it's the top 16 right wings from 1967 to the present day, the NHL expansion era.

A Czech, two Canadians, an American and two Finns make up the top six in this week's Super 16, the top right wings from 1967 to present day.

Two Russians and a Slovak also made the Super 16.

Jaromir Jagr (Czech) was ranked No. 1 by 10 of the 13 voters, with Mike Bossy (Canadian) and Guy Lafleur (Canadian) also receiving top votes.

Jari Kurri and Teemu Selanne, the top two scoring Finns in NHL history, finished one voting point apart, with Kurri finishing fifth and Selanne sixth, each a notch below Brett Hull (American).

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks (American) was the only active NHL player to land in the Super 16. Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny were the two Russians who made it, and Marian Hossa was the lone Slovak.

Video: Super 16: Top right wingers

To create this Super 16, each of the 13 participating NHL.com staff members put together his or her version of what it should look like. Those were submitted, and a point total was assigned to each.

The right wing picked first was given 16 points, second got 15, third 14 and so on down to No. 16, who got one point.

Here is the Super 16, best right wings from 1967 to present day:

 

1. Jaromir Jagr

Total points: 204

Hall of Fame induction: Not eligible, still playing in Czech Republic

Jagr is the most decorated right wing in NHL history and is in the top five all-time in several statistical categories. He is first in game-winning goals (135), second in points (1,921), third in goals (766) and games played (1,733), fifth in assists (1,155) and fifth in points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (201). Jagr won the Stanley Cup twice with the Pittsburgh Penguins (1991, 1992) and the Hart Trophy in 1998-99. He won the Art Ross Trophy five times (1995, 1998-2001) and was named to the NHL First All-Star Team seven times (1995, 1996, 1998-2001, 2006). He averaged 1.11 points per game.

Video: Looking back on the magical career of Jaromir Jagr

 

2. Mike Bossy

Total points: 187

Hall of Fame induction: 1991

Bossy is one of the greatest goal-scorers in NHL history, scoring 573 in 752 games. He is 22nd in goals despite being tied for 812th in games played. He averaged 1.50 points per game, third behind Wayne Gretzky (1.92) and Mario Lemieux (1.88) among players who appeared in at least 100 regular-season games. Bossy won the Stanley Cup four times in a row with the New York Islanders (1980-83) and won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1982. He won the Calder Trophy in 1977-78 and was named to the NHL First All-Star Team five times (1981-84, 1986). He holds the NHL record for most consecutive 50-goal seasons with nine (1977-86). He is tied with Gretzky for the most 50-goal seasons (nine) and the most 60-goal seasons (five). He is sixth in playoff goals (85).

 

3. Guy Lafleur

Total points: 178

Hall of Fame induction: 1988

Lafleur is second in points per game (1.20), fifth in assists (793), seventh in points (1,353) and 11th in goals (560) among right wings in NHL history. He scored at least 50 goals in six straight seasons from 1974-80 and was voted to the NHL First All-Star Team each time. He won the Stanley Cup five times (including four in a row) with the Montreal Canadiens in the 1970s and won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1977. He also won the Hart Trophy twice (1977, 1978) and the Art Ross Trophy three straight seasons (1976-78).

 

4. Brett Hull

Total points: 161

Hall of Fame induction: 2009

Hull is third among right wings and fourth in NHL history with 741 goals. He is first among right wings and second overall with 265 power-play goals. He is also sixth in points (1,391) and ninth in assists (650) among right wings. He won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999 and with the Detroit Red Wings in 2002, and won the Hart Trophy with the St. Louis Blues in 1990-91. Hull was named to the NHL First All-Star Team three times with the Blues (1989-92).

Video: Memories: Hulls first father-son duo with 50 goals

 

5. Jari Kurri

Total points: 149

Hall of Fame induction: 2001

Kurri and Gretzky formed one of the most productive scoring duos in NHL history with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s. Kurri is eighth in goals (601), including first in shorthanded goals (39), fourth in assists (797) and fifth in points (1,398) among right wings. He won the Stanley Cup five times with the Oilers (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990), was named to the NHL First All-Star Team twice (1985, 1987) and made the Second All-Star Team three times (1984, 1986, 1989). He led the League with 68 goals in the 1985-86 season.

 

6. Teemu Selanne

Total points: 148

Hall of Fame induction: 2017

Selanne won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, the signature moment in a legendary career that featured 684 goals (fifth among right wings), including 255 on the power play (second), and 773 assists (sixth) for 1,457 points (fourth) in 1,451 games (sixth). He was named twice each to the NHL First All-Star Team (1993, 1997) and Second All-Star Team (1998, 1999). He won the Calder Trophy in 1992-93, when he scored 76 goals with the Winnipeg Jets.

Video: The Historical Stat of the Day looks at Teemu Selanne

 

7. Patrick Kane

Total points: 111

Hall of Fame induction: Not eligible, still playing

Kane is 31 years old and is already one of the most decorated right wings in NHL history. He is a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks and won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2013. He has been named to the NHL First All-Star Team three times (2010, 2016, 2017) and the Second All-Star Team once (2019). Kane won the Hart Trophy and the Art Ross Trophy in 2015-16, when he scored 106 points (46 goals, 60 assists). He has 1,022 points (389 goals, 633 assists) in 973 regular-season games and 123 points (50 goals, 73 assists) in 127 playoff games.

 

8. Jarome Iginla

Total points: 87

Hall of Fame induction: Not eligible, recently retired

Iginla is fifth in goals (625), seventh in assists (675), eighth in points (1,300), third in games played (1,554), fifth in power-play points (428) and fourth in game-winning goals (101) among right wings since 1967. He was named to the NHL First All-Star Team three times (2002, 2008, 2009) with the Calgary Flames and twice won the Rocket Richard Trophy (2001-02, 2003-04). He also won the Art Ross Trophy in 2001-02, when he scored 96 points (52 goals, 44 assists). Iginla never won the Stanley Cup.

 

9. Mark Recchi

Total points: 74

Hall of Fame induction: 2017

Recchi is second behind Jagr among right wings since 1967 with 1,652 games played, 956 assists and 1,533 points. He is third in power-play points with 569 and eighth in goals with 577. He won the Stanley Cup three times: in 1991 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes and 2011 with the Boston Bruins.

 

10. Mike Gartner

Total points: 73

Hall of Fame induction: 2001

Gartner never won a major individual award or the Stanley Cup, but his individual statistics stack up among those of the best right wings in NHL history. He is fourth in goals (708), 14th in assists (627), eighth in points (1,335), tied for fourth in power-play goals (217) and seventh in games played (1,432) among right wings. He holds the NHL record for most 30-goal seasons (17) and shares the record for most consecutive 30-goal seasons (15) with Jagr and Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin. He is known as one of the fastest skaters in history, winning that competition at NHL All-Star Weekend three times.

Video: Mike Gartner had 17 seasons with 30-plus goals

 

11. Pavel Bure

Total points: 56

Hall of Fame induction: 2012

Bure's prolific career was cut short by lingering knee injuries, but not before he scored 779 points, including 437 goals, in 702 games, averaging 1.11 points per game, tied for fourth with Jagr among right wings. He scored 60 goals in back-to-back seasons with the Vancouver Canucks (1991-92, 1992-93). He scored 58 goals with the Florida Panthers in 1999-2000 and 59 goals with them the following season. He was named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1993-94 and the Second All-Star Team in 1999-2000 and 2000-01, winning the Rocket Richard Trophy in each season.

 

12. Marian Hossa

Total points: 51

Hall of Fame induction: Eligible this year

Hossa won the Stanley Cup three times with the Blackhawks (2010, 2013, 2015) and also went to the Cup Final with the Penguins in 2008 and Red Wings in 2009. He could still be playing had it not been for a skin condition that required him to stop prior to the 2017-18 season. He is 11th in goals (525), 14th in assists (609), 11th in points (1,134), 13th in power-play points (374), tied for fourth in shorthanded goals (34), eighth in shorthanded points (46), sixth in plus-minus (plus-245) and eighth in game-winning goals (85) among right wings since 1967.

 

13. Gordie Howe

Total points: 47

Hall of Fame induction: 1972

It's strange to see Howe so far down a list of the best players at any position considering Wayne Gretzky refers to him as the best to ever play the game. But the stipulation in this Super 16 is that only statistics from 1967 to the present day are counted, which is why Howe isn't No. 1. He played 289 games over five seasons in the expansion era and had 308 points (137 goals, 171 assists) for an average of 1.07 points per game. Howe was named to the NHL First All-Star Team from 1967-70, when he led the League with 114 goals and 256 points.

Video: Gordie Howe, 'Mr. Hockey,' enjoyed five-decade career

 

14. Yvan Cournoyer

Total points: 41

Hall of Fame induction: 1982

Cournoyer won the Stanley Cup 10 times with the Canadiens from 1965-79. He had three straight seasons of at least 40 goals from 1971-74. He scored 773 points (374 goals, 399 assists) and was plus-270 in 774 games from 1967-79. Cournoyer was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team four times (1969, 1971-73) in that span.

 

15. Martin St. Louis

Total points: 36

Hall of Fame induction: 2018

St. Louis helped the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup in 2004, when he scored 94 points (38 goals, 56 assists) and won the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy. He also won the Art Ross Trophy in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, when he finished with 60 points (17 goals, 43 assists) in 48 games. St. Louis scored 1,033 points (391 goals, 642 assists) in 1,134 games. He also was a three-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy (2010, 2011, 2013), given to the player who best combines sportsmanship, gentlemanly play and ability.

 

16. Alexander Mogilny

Total points: 29

Hall of Fame induction: N/A

Mogilny scored 76 goals in 77 games for the Buffalo Sabres in 1992-93 but didn't even win the goal-scoring title outright; Selanne also scored 76 that season. Mogilny finished his NHL career with 1,032 points (473 goals, 559 assists) in 990 games. He won the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2000.

Video: Remembering a fantastic 1992-93 NHL season

 

Others receiving points: Dino Ciccarelli 28, Cam Neely 23, Glenn Anderson 23, Daniel Alfredsson 17, Nikita Kucherov 16, Joe Mullen 9, Lanny McDonald 8, Theo Fleury 7, Rick Middleton 3, Rick Tocchet 1, Rod Gilbert 1

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

AMALIE BENJAMIN

1. Jaromir Jagr; 2. Guy Lafleur; 3. Mike Bossy; 4. Teemu Selanne; 5. Brett Hull; 6. Jari Kurri; 7. Mark Recchi; 8. Jarome Iginla; 9. Mike Gartner; 10. Patrick Kane; 11. Yvan Cournoyer; 12. Pavel Bure; 13. Martin St. Louis; 14. Dino Ciccarelli; 15. Theo Fleury; 16. Marian Hossa

BRIAN COMPTON

1. Mike Bossy; 2. Jaromir Jagr; 3. Jari Kurri; 4: Brett Hull; 5. Teemu Selanne; 6. Guy Lafleur; 7. Patrick Kane; 8. Glenn Anderson; 9. Cam Neely; 10. Mike Gartner; 11. Joe Mullen; 12. Dino Ciccarelli; 13. Marian Hossa; 14. Jarome Iginla; 15. Mark Recchi; 16. Daniel Alfredsson

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

1. Jaromir Jagr; 2. Guy Lafleur; 3. Mike Bossy; 4. Brett Hull; 5. Patrick Kane; 6. Martin St. Louis; 7. Teemu Selanne; 8. Jari Kurri; 9. Jarome Iginla; 10. Nikita Kucherov; 11. Mike Gartner; 12. Mark Recchi; 13. Yvan Cournoyer; 14. Pavel Bure; 15. Lanny McDonald; 16. Dino Ciccarelli

WILLIAM DOUGLAS

1. Jaromir Jagr; 2. Jari Kurri; 3. Teemu Selanne; 4. Mike Bossy; 5. Guy Lafleur; 6. Jarome Iginla; 7. Mark Recchi; 8. Brett Hull; 9. Mike Gartner; 10. Patrick Kane; 11. Daniel Alfredsson; 12. Marian Hossa; 13. Glenn Anderson; 14. Alexander Mogilny; 15. Theo Fleury; 16. Rod Gilbert

TOM GULITTI

1. Mike Bossy; 2. Jaromir Jagr; 3. Brett Hull; 4. Guy Lafleur; 5. Pavel Bure; 6. Teemu Selanne; 7. Jari Kurri; 8. Patrick Kane; 9. Mike Gartner; 10. Dino Ciccarelli; 11. Nikita Kucherov; 12. Cam Neely; 13. Martin St. Louis; 14. Jarome Iginla; 15. Marian Hossa; 16. Mark Recchi

ADAM KIMELMAN

1. Jaromir Jagr; 2. Teemu Selanne; 3. Mike Bossy; 4. Brett Hull; 5. Guy Lafleur; 6. Patrick Kane; 7. Jari Kurri; 8. Marian Hossa; 9. Yvan Cournoyer; 10. Mark Recchi; 11. Mike Gartner; 12. Pavel Bure; 13. Jarome Iginla; 14. Alexander Mogilny; 15. Martin St. Louis; 16. Rick Tocchet

ROBERT LAFLAMME

1. Jaromir Jagr; 2. Brett Hull; 3. Guy Lafleur; 4. Mike Bossy; 5. Yvan Cournoyer; 6. Jari Kurri; 7. Teemu Selanne; 8. Mark Recchi; 9. Patrick Kane; 10. Marian Hossa; 11. Jarome Iginla; 12. Mike Gartner; 13. Martin St-Louis; 14. Pavel Bure; 15. Dino Ciccarelli; 16. Lanny McDonald

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Jaromir Jagr; 2. Mike Bossy; 3. Guy Lafleur; 4. Brett Hull; 5. Jari Kurri; 6. Teemu Selanne; 7. Pavel Bure; 8. Gordie Howe; 9. Alexander Mogilny; 10. Mike Gartner; 11. Mark Recchi; 12. Marian Hossa; 13. Patrick Kane; 14. Jarome Iginla; 15. Joe Mullen; 16. Dino Ciccarelli

TRACEY MYERS

1. Jaromir Jagr; 2. Gordie Howe; 3. Mike Bossy; 4. Guy Lafleur; 5. Jari Kurri; 6. Teemu Selanne; 7. Brett Hull; 8. Mark Recchi; 9. Jarome Iginla; 10. Patrick Kane; 11. Daniel Alfredsson; 12. Mike Gartner; 13. Alexander Mogilny; 14. Marian Hossa; 15. Dino Ciccarelli; 16. Glenn Anderson

SHAWN P. ROARKE

1. Jaromir Jagr; 2. Guy Lafleur; 3. Mike Bossy; 4. Jari Kurri; 5. Patrick Kane; 6. Brett Hull; 7. Teemu Selanne; 8. Pavel Bure; 9. Jarome Iginla; 10. Yvan Cournoyer; 11. Gordie Howe; 12. Alexander Mogilny; 13. Cam Neely; 14. Martin St. Louis; 15. Nikita Kucherov; 16. Marian Hossa

DAN ROSEN

1. Jaromir Jagr; 2. Guy Lafleur; 3. Mike Bossy; 4. Patrick Kane; 5. Jari Kurri; 6. Brett Hull; 7. Teemu Selanne; 8. Pavel Bure; 9. Martin St. Louis; 10. Jarome Iginla; 11. Cam Neely; 12. Gordie Howe; 13. Yvan Cournoyer; 14. Marian Hossa; 15. Mark Recchi; 16. Nikita Kucherov

DAVE STUBBS

1. Jaromir Jagr; 2. Mike Bossy; 3. Brett Hull; 4. Guy Lafleur; 5. Teemu Selanne; 6. Mark Recchi; 7. Jari Kurri; 8. Jarome Iginla; 9. Mike Gartner; 10. Dino Ciccarelli; 11. Glenn Anderson; 12. Lanny McDonald; 13. Marian Hossa; 14. Rick Middleton; 15. Theo Fleury; 16. Joe Mullen

MIKE ZEISBERGER
 
1. Guy Lafleur; 2. Mike Bossy; 3. Jaromir Jagr; 4. Brett Hull; 5. Gordie Howe; 6. Patrick Kane; 7. Jari Kurri; 8. Teemu Selanne; 9. Jarome Iginla; 10. Marian Hossa; 11. Alexander Mogilny; 12. Mike Gartner; 13. Daniel Alfredsson; 14. Glenn Anderson; 15. Mark Recchi; 16. Theo Fleury

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