The Hockey News is out with its annual list of the top 50 players in the NHL and Dallas Stars Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are in the top 16, moving up a little from their positions last year.
Benn, who won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer, climbed two spots from last year to 12th in THN’s list for 2015-16. Seguin also moved up two spots to 16th on this year’s list, which is released annually in The Hockey News NHL Yearbook.
Benn led the league with 87 points (35 goals, 52 assists) in 82 games. Along with winning the Art Ross Trophy, he was a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to the league’s outstanding player as voted by the players. Benn accomplished that while playing through pain a good part of the season. He had surgery on both his hips this offseason to address the issue.
THN said this about Benn, who ranked second among left wings and seventh among all forwards: “The NHL’s scoring champion scored four points in his final game and 10 points in the final three to take the title. Benn plays the kind of heavy game that’s required in the west.”
Seguin ranked seventh in the NHL in scoring with 77 points (37 goals, 40 assists) in 71 games. His 1.08 points per game ranked second in the league to Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (1.09).
THN said this about Seguin, who ranked seventh among centers and tenth among all forwards: “Had Seguin not missed 11 games, there’s a good chance he would have won the scoring championship over his linemate. He was on a pace for 89 points and should be good for at least that many in 2015-16.”
Montreal goaltender Carey Price, who won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP last season, ranked No. 1 on the list. Five of the top eleven players were from Chicago and Tampa Bay, which played in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. Here’s the top 25 players in the NHL, according to The Hockey News.
1.Carey Price, G, Montreal
2.Jonathan Toews, C Chicago
3.Alex Ovechkin, LW, Washington
4.Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh
5.Duncan Keith, D, Chicago
6.John Tavares, C, NY Islanders
7.Erik Karlsson, D, Ottawa
8.Drew Doughty, D, Los Angeles
9.Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay
10.Victor Hedman, D, Tampa Bay
11.Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago
12.Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas
13.Anze Kopitar, C, Los Angeles
14.Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim
15.Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville
16.Tyler Seguin, C, Dallas
17.Shea Weber, D, Nashville
18.Claude Giroux, C Philadelphia
19.Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim
20.Patrice Bergeron, C, Boston
21.Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis
22.P.K. Subban, D, Montreal
23.Ryan Suter, D, Minnesota
24.Henrik Lundqvist, G, NY Rangers
25.Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit
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