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Alex Ovechkin | #8

Ovechkin was the first player taken in the 2004 NHL Draft and made an immediate impact in his first season by scoring 52 goals and 106 points in 2005-06, earning him the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie. His 65 goals in 2007-08 are the most by any player in the 21st century, and he reached the 50-goal mark for the eighth time, the most among active players, when he scored 51 times in 2018-19. Ovechkin scored his 500th NHL goal on Jan. 10, 2016, becoming the 43rd player in NHL history to do so, got No. 600 on March 12, 2018, and became the eighth player to score 700 goals on Feb. 22, 2020. Ovechkin also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after helping the Capitals win the Stanley Cup in 2018.  More

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Sidney Crosby | #87

Crosby won the Stanley Cup for the third time, and for the second straight season, in 2016-17. He was also awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second season in a row. He won the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy in 2006-07, and again in 2013-14. He is a three-time winner of the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the outstanding player as voted on by members of the NHL Players Association. He was named MVP of the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose, and on Feb. 9, 2019, became the Penguins' all-time leader in games played. Crosby, the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft, has helped Pittsburgh become one of the Leagueís most successful franchises on and off the ice, and has been one of its most visible players for more than a decade.  More

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Connor McDavid | #97

The Oilers took McDavid with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, and he wasted little time showing he belonged. McDavid scored his first NHL goal in his third game, against the Dallas Stars on Oct. 13, 2015, and had his first multigoal game against the Calgary Flames four nights later before an injury cut his rookie season short. McDavid took his game to another level in 2016-17, leading the NHL with 100 points (30 goals, 70 assists), winning the Hart Trophy as most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award for the most outstanding player, and helping the Oilers reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2006. On July 5, 2017, he signed an eight-year, $100 million contract with the Oilers. McDavid led the NHL in scoring again in 2017-18 with 108 points (41 goals, 67 assists), and won the Ted Lindsay Award for the second straight year.  More

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Auston Matthews | #34

Matthews is one of those rare players who is living up to the hype that preceded him into the NHL. Selected by the Maple Leafs with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Matthews had a record-setting NHL debut on Oct. 12, 2016, when he scored four goals, becoming the first player in the League's modern era to do so. He led all rookies in goals (40) and points (69) in 2016-17, won the Calder Trophy, voted to the NHL's rookie of the year, and helped the Maple Leafs advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time since 2004. Matthews had 63 points (34 goals, 29 assists) in 62 games in 2017-18, then began 2018-19 by becoming the fifth player in NHL history to have multiple points in each of his team's first seven games.  More

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John Tavares | #91

Tavares, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, opted to go home when he signed a seven-year, $77 million contract with the Maple Leafs on July 1, 2018. That came after he spent the first nine seasons of his career with the New York Islanders, who selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Tavares was a finalist for the Hart Trophy as League MVP in 2012-13 and finished third in Hart voting behind Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price in 2014-15, when he was second in the NHL in scoring. He was also voted a First-Team All-Star in 2014-15, becoming the first Islanders player to earn that honor since Mike Bossy in 1985-86. Tavares had 84 points in 2017-18, the third 80-point season of his NHL career, and he had an NHL career-high 47 goals in his first season with Toronto.  More

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Patrik Laine | #29

Laine, selected by the Jets with the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, was 18 when he was named the most valuable player at the 2016 IIHF World Championship. He then wasted little time showing that his skills translated well to the smaller NHL rinks, becoming a threat to score any time he stepped on the ice. Laine finished 2016-17 with 64 points (36 goals, 28 assists) in 73 games, finishing second in voting for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie. He was even better in his second season, finishing second in the NHL with 44 goals, then had 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Jets advance to the Western Conference Final before losing to the Vegas Golden Knights. Laine had his third straight 30-goal season in 2018-19.  More

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Patrick Kane | #88

Kane's overtime goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Final gave the Blackhawks their first Stanley Cup championship in 49 years. He was voted winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP during Chicago's run to the Cup in 2013, and shared the scoring lead in 2015 to help the Blackhawks win their third championship in six seasons. In 2015-16, Kane had 106 points (46 goals, 60 assists) to become the first U.S.-born player in League history to win the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. He had an NHL career-high 110 points in 2018-19 and became the 90th player in NHL history (and youngest American) to reach 1,000 points with an assist on Jan. 19, 2020.  More

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Steven Stamkos | #91

Stamkos is a two-time winner of the Maurice Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal-scorer. He led the League with 51 goals in 2009-10 and was tops in 2011-12 with 60, a mark no one has approached since then. The first player taken in the 2008 NHL Draft has had two other seasons with 40 or more goals and three seasons when he's scored more than 90 points. He helped the Lightning advance to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final with seven goals and 18 points in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Stamkos scored his 400th NHL goal, all with the Lightning, on Nov. 19, 2019.  More

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Marc-Andre Fleury | #29

Fleury, selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NHL Draft, has won the Stanley Cup three times with the Penguins (2009, 2016, 2017), and is among the top 10 on the NHL's all-time list for wins by a goaltender. But he's probably more famous these days for his work with the Golden Knights in 2017-18. After being taken by Vegas in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, Fleury had the best statistical season of his NHL career (29-13-4, 2.24 goals-against average, .927 save percentage) and helped the Golden Knights set numerous League records for expansion teams. He followed that by going 12-3 in the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Golden Knights became the first expansion team since the 1967-68 St. Louis Blues to advance to the Cup Final, although Vegas lost in five games to the Washington Capitals.  More

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Evgeni Malkin | #71

Malkin has a blend of size, speed and skill that makes him an offensive force; along with Sidney Crosby, he gives the Penguins a terrific one-two punch down the middle. Malkin, the second player taken in the 2004 NHL Draft, led the League in scoring in 2008-09 and again in 2011-12. He won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2006-07, captured the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award in 2011-12, and earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009. Malkin reached the 1,000-point mark with two assists against the Washington Capitals on March 12, 2019.  More

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Patrice Bergeron | #37

Bergeron excels in every facet of the game. He's perennially among the NHL's best in the face-off circle and is a four-time winner of the Selke Trophy, voted to the best defensive forward. But the native of L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec, has become much more than just one of hockey's best checkers since making the Bruins as an 18-year-old after being selected in the second round (No. 45) in the 2003 NHL Draft. Bergeron scored at least 20 goals in nine consecutive full seasons, had 30 or more five times, and scored two goals in Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final to help the Bruins win their first championship since 1972. That victory also made Bergeron a member of the Triple Gold Club, reserved for those who've won a gold medal at the Olympics and won an IIHF World Championship as well as the Stanley Cup.  More

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Jonathan Toews | #19

"Captain Serious" is one of the NHL's most consistent scorers, having put up at least 20 goals in each of his first 12 seasons, including an NHL career-high 35 in 2018-19. He also won the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward in 2012-13. But those aren't the only accomplishments that make Toews one of the League's elite players. He's been one of the cornerstones of the Blackhawks' revival, which includes Stanley Cup victories in 2010, 2013 and 2015. In 2010, Toews won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP by scoring 29 points in 22 games to help the Blackhawks win the Cup for the first time since 1961. Toews also excels in Olympic competition, having helped Canada win gold in 2010 and 2014.  More

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Nikita Kucherov | #86

Kucherov has become one of the most dangerous offensive players in the NHL. He had his first 30-goal season in 2015-16, bumped that up to 40 goals in 2016-17, then finished third in the NHL in scoring in 2017-18 with 100 points (39 goals, 61 assists), helping the Lightning win the Atlantic Division. But those were just a prelude to 2018-19, when he led the NHL with 128 points (41 goals, 87 assists), setting a single-season record for points by a player born in Russia. Though he's listed at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Kucherov is more than willing to go to the dirty areas in front of the net, and he's combined with linemate Steven Stamkos to give the Lightning one of the most formidable duos in the NHL.  More

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Nicklas Backstrom | #19

Backstrom, taken by the Capitals with the No. 4 pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, has spent much of his NHL career as Alex Ovechkin's center, but he's a lot more than just the guy who gets the puck to the newest member of the NHLís 700-goal club. In his first 13 NHL seasons, he's averaged nearly a point per game. Backstrom had 52 assists in 2018-19; it's the ninth time he's had at least 50 during his career, more than any other player since he entered the NHL since 2007-08. Backstrom also reached 70 points for the eighth time in his NHL career in 2018-19, and he had 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) to help Washington win the Stanley Cup for the first time since entering the NHL in 1974.  More

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Brad Marchand | #63

Marchand began his NHL career with the reputation of being a pest, but he's grown into a lot more than a player who merely agitates opponents. In 2010-11, his first full season with the Bruins, Marchand scored 21 goals during the regular season, then had 11 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to help Boston win its first championship since 1972. He had a breakout season in 2015-16, finishing with 37 goals, then scored the tournament-winning goal for Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Marchand followed that by scoring 39 goals and 85 points in 2016-17, earning NHL First-Team All-Star honors. He had 34 goals and 85 points in 68 games in 2017-18 and reached the 100-point mark with 36 goals and 64 assists in 2018-19. establishing himself as one of the League's top left wings.  More

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Ryan O'Reilly | #90

O'Reilly had played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs twice in nine NHL seasons before he was traded to the Blues by the Buffalo Sabres on July 1, 2018. He responded with NHL career highs in points (77) and assists (49), and matched his career best in goals (28), helping the Blues rally from last in the NHL standings on Jan. 3 to third place in the Central Division and a return to the postseason after coming up short in 2017-18. With O'Reilly leading the offense, St. Louis defeated the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since entering the NHL in 1967. O'Reilly tied for the NHL lead in playoff points with 23 (eight goals, 15 assists) and scored the first goal in Games 4, 5 and 7 of the Final, each a win for the Blues. He was voted winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after leading all players in goals (five) and points (nine) during the Cup Final.  More

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Jordan Binnington | #50

Binnington capped one of the most incredible playoff runs in NHL history by becoming the first rookie goalie to win 16 postseason games in one year, sparking the Blues to their first Stanley Cup championship in 2019. Binnington began the season with San Antonio of the American Hockey League and was 25 years old when he made his first NHL start on Jan. 7, 2019, shutting out the Philadelphia Flyers. The third-round choice (No. 87) by the Blues in the 2011 NHL Draft quickly took the starting job and ran with it, going 24-5-1 to help St. Louis climb from last in the NHL on Jan. 3 to third place in the Central Division, one point behind the first-place Nashville Predators. Binnington started all 26 playoff games for the Blues, going 16-10 with a 2.46 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. He saved his best for last, making 32 saves in a 4-1 win at the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Cup Final.  More

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Leon Draisaitl | #29

Draisaitl has turned into one of the top scorers in the NHL since being selected by the Oilers with the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and he's combined with Connor McDavid to give Edmonton perhaps the League's most dynamic one-two punch. The native of Cologne, Germany had a breakout season in 2016-17, finishing with 77 points (29 goals, 48 assists) and helping the Oilers advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2006. He was one of the two 50-goal scorers in the 2018-19 season and had back-to-back 100-point seasons in 2018-19 and 2019-20.  More

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David Pastrnak | #88

Pastrnak, Boston's first-round pick (No. 25) in the 2014 NHL Draft, has teamed with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand to form one of the best forward lines in the NHL. The native of Havirov, Czech Republic made the Bruins as an 18-year-old, was a 34-goal scorer before his 21st birthday and became the first player in Bruins history to have three 30-goal seasons before turning 23. Pastrnak was named MVP of the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game. He's scored at least 30 goals in four consecutive seasons and had his first 40-goal season in 2019-20.  More

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Nathan MacKinnon | #29

The Avalanche made MacKinnon, a center, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, and he wasted no time showing they made the right choice by being voted winner of the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in the NHL in 2013-14. His breakout season came in 2017-18, when he had 97 points (39 goals, 58 assists), finished second in voting for the Hart Trophy as NHL most valuable player and was named a Second-Team All-Star. MacKinnon scored 41 goals and had 99 points in 2018-19. His speed and skill have made him one of the most dangerous offensive players in the NHL and the centerpiece of Colorado's revival after the Avalanche finished last in the League in 2016-17.  More

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Artemi Panarin | #10

The Rangers gave their rebuilding efforts a boost when they lured Panarin to New York on July 1, 2019, signing him to a seven-year, $81.5 million contract. That came after he was voted winner of the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015-16, was named a Second-Team All-Star in 2016-17 and had 82 and 87 points in each of the next two seasons after being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 23, 2017. Panarin had a goal and an assist on opening night and surpassed his NHL career highs in goals and points before the end of February.  More

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Jack Eichel | #9

The Sabres made Eichel the centerpiece of their rebuilding efforts when they selected him with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. That came after Eichel led NCAA Division I in scoring (71 points; 26 goals, 45 assists) during the 2014-15 season, became the second freshman ever to win the Hobey Baker Award and helped Boston University advance to the NCAA championship game. Eichel scored 24, 24 and 25 goals in his first three seasons with the Sabres, had 28 goals and 82 points in 2018-19 and became a 30-goal scorer in 2019-20, when he also had a 17-game point streak. He also had the first four-goal game of his NHL career Nov. 16, 2019.  More

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John Carlson | #74

Carlson has grown into one of the top defensemen in the NHL since being selected by the Capitals in the first round (No. 27) of the 2008 NHL Draft. His biggest step forward came in 2017-18, when he scored 15 goals and had 68 points during the regular season, then contributed 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 24 games to help the Capitals win the Stanley Cup for the first time since entering the NHL in 1974, Carlson was a Second-Team All-Star in 2018-19, when he finished with NHL career highs in assists (57) and points (70), then surpassed each of those totals in 2019-20.  More

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Roman Josi | #59

Josi is arguably the best Switzerland-born player in NHL history. The native of Bern was selected by the Nashville Predators in the second round (No. 38) of the 2008 NHL Draft and came to the NHL in 2011. He's scored at least 12 goals and finished with at least 40 points in seven consecutive seasons, beginning in 2013-14. His play was a key to the Predators reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in their history in 2017, and he was named captain of the Predators on Sept. 19, 2017.  More

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Andrei Vasilevskiy | #88

Vasilevskiy was worth the wait for the Lightning, who selected the native of Tyumen, Russia in the first round (No. 19) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He came to North America for the 2014-15 season and backed up starter Ben Bishop, even getting a relief win in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. He became the starter in 2016-17, tied for the NHL lead with 44 wins in 2017-18 and was voted winner of the Vezina Trophy as best goalie in the NHL in 2018-19. He went 39-10-4 with a 2.40 goals-against average and .925 save percentage to help the Lightning win the Presidents' Trophy as regular-season champion.  More

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Tuukka Rask | #40

The Bruins made one of the best trades in their long history when they acquired Rask from the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 24, 2006, less than a year after he was taken in the first round (No. 21) in the 2005 NHL Draft. He got brief callups in 2007-08 and 2008-09 before making the leap to the Bruins for good in 2009-10. He backed up Tim Thomas during Boston's run to the Stanley Cup in 2011, then helped the Bruins reach the Cup Final in 2013 and 2019. Rask was voted winner of the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie in the NHL in 2013-14 and became the winningest goalie in Bruins history on Feb. 3, 2019, passing Hockey Hall of Famer Tiny Thompson.  More

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Connor Hellebuyck | #37

The Jets stuck late-round gold when they selected Hellebuyck in the fifth round (No. 130) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He turned pro after helping UMass Lowell win back-to-back Hockey East championships and earned his first NHL win by making 14 saves to defeat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Nov. 27, 2015. Hellebuyck took over the starting job in 2016-17, then blossomed the following season by finishing 44-11-9 with a 2.36 goals-against average and .924 save percentage, helping the Jets advance to the Western Conference Final for the first time and being named an NHL Second-Team All-Star. He won at least 31 games in each of the next two seasons, becoming one of the Jets' building blocks.  More

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