1.Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Try to count him out because he’s logged so many miles, and he comes back with another 50-goal season. He’s just unreal.
2. Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins
Slightly fewer antics and his first 100-point season put Marchand into an elite category. Kills penalties and plays great defense.
3. Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers
Usually found on McDavid’s wing, but if the Oilers want to spread out the danger, the talented German contributes down the middle.
4. Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
The playoffs were a dud, but ‘Johnny Hockey’ flirted with 100 points. With an extra push, he can hit that mark as well as 40 goals.
5. Artemi Panarin, New York Rangers
There is no bigger spotlight than Broadway, and Panarin chose it. With young talent surrounding him, ‘The Bread Man’ will excel.
6. Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils
Coming off a major knee injury with recovery stretching into the summer, Hall needs to get right. Once he does, look out for his revenge.
7. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Last season wasn’t as prolific as his incredible 102-point output in 2017-18, but the captain is still key to the Flyers’ attack.
8. Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary Flames
A complete player who broke out offensively with 77 points, Tkachuk is also a master aggravator who is just getting started.
9. Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers
Out of the spotlight in Florida, Huberdeau nonetheless piles up the points while riding shotgun with Barkov.
10. Teuvo Teravainen, Carolina Hurricanes
The icy Finn led Carolina with 55 assists and finished second in team scoring to Aho. A smooth operator in an enviable situation.
11. Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
The Preds’ top scoring threat, Forsberg lost games due to injury but still nearly hit the 30-goal mark. He’ll do it this year for sure.
12. Jonathan Marchessault, Vegas Golden Knights
Part of an excellent line in Vegas, Marchessault blends talent with a great work ethic, and he stays on the right side of the puck.
13. Anders Lee, New York Islanders
The captain and a leader in the community, Lee is back as part of that tough Isles collective. Already has a 40-goal year to his credit.
14. Alex DeBrincat, Chicago Blackhawks
Too small for the NHL? Uh, no. Maybe too unstoppable. DeBrincat splashed 41 goals as a sophomore, and he’s capable of 50 soon.
15. Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
The brawn on the best line in the West, the captain can hit, lead and put up points, too. His 75 points were a personal best.
16. Mike Hoffman, Florida Panthers
Escaping controversy in Ottawa, Hoffman went about his business with scalpel-like precision. Career-high 70 points for him.
17. Jeff Skinner, Buffalo Sabres
Made a long-term commitment to Buffalo after netting 40 goals in his first year there. A fantastic skater and shooter with experience.
18. Kyle Connor, Winnipeg Jets
He’s got some serious jets on the Jets and has back-to-back 30-goal seasons in his first two full campaigns. There’s more coming.
19. Evander Kane, San Jose Sharks
Part of a dying breed of true power forwards, Kane can hit, score and loves to fight. He has really found a home in San Jose.
20. Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
Needs to rebound from a season that drew the ire of top brass. Luckily, Dallas has more depth up front to help the power forward.
21. Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild
The speedster garnered a lot of attention due to trade talk, but he remains on the Wild’s roster. Good, responsible, secondary scorer.
22. Chris Kreider, New York Rangers
Fast and athletic. His name was in the rumor mill with the Rangers going young. He can bridge the generational gap and be a leader.
23. Jonathan Drouin, Montreal Canadiens
An incredibly talented puckhandler and skater, Drouin tied his career high with 53 points and found his place with the Habs. Great hair, too.
24. Rickard Rakell, Anaheim Ducks
On the downtrodden Ducks, Rakell still comes to work every day. His numbers took a dip, but his 200-foot excellence is necessary.
25. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
The savvy vet keeps playing solid two-way hockey and is coming off a 61-point campaign that saw him flirt with 30 goals.