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Jagr, Smith make Sportsnet's Top 20 RW's List

Jagr third among right wings in transition game, Smith fourth in defense.

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After naming Aleksander Barkov to their Top 20 Centers list yesterday, Sportsnet continued their series with a look at the best right wingers in the league, and two more Cats made the cut.

The rankings reflect a player's total effectiveness across three facets of the game - offensive, defense and transition play - adding the three scores into a total number. For right wings, offense is scored out of 55, defense is out of 15 and transition out of 30 possible points, adding up to 100 total.


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Reilly Smith, who recently signed a five-year extension with the Panthers, landed at number 14 on the list after a breakout season, and his 44-year-old teammate Jaromir Jagr checked (or, Czeched) in even higher, placing 10th on the list.

For Smith, his defensive score (9.36/15) is good for fourth in the league at his position, and he earned praise for his transition game. Sportsnet's Andrew Berkshire explains why Smith is so dangerous: "Only one of his peers recovers loose pucks at a higher rate, and Smith is adept at stripping opponents of the puck as well."

As for Jagr, he earned his top-10 spot thanks in large part to his strong transition game, as his score of 23.82 (out of 30) is the third highest in the league among right wings.

In the article, Berkshire explains how a few changes to Jagr's game helped him land in the top 10 at the age of 44, and praises him for his hockey sense.

You can see the full list here and read their analysis of the two Panthers players in its entirety.

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