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A Three-Year Glance at the NHL’s Top 10 in Goals, Assists, Points, Wins, Shutouts & More

Three-year NHL overview: Top 10 in goals, assists, points, even-strength points, points per 60 minutes and primary assists for skaters; and, wins, save percentage, goals-against average and shutouts for goalies.

Who have been the NHL’s most productive skaters and stingiest goalies over the past three seasons?

Let’s find out.

Going back to the start of the 2015-16 season, here’s a three-year overview of the NHL’s top 10 in goals, assists, points, even-strength points, points per 60 minutes and primary assists for skaters; and, wins, save percentage, goals-against average and shutouts for goalies.

(Note: Statistics are through games played as of March 10, 2018.)

SKATERS

 Top 10: GOALS (since start of 2015-16)  GP  Goals
 1. Alex Ovechkin, Wsh  229    123
 2. Vladimir Tarasenko, StL  230    106
 3. Brad Marchand, Bos  210    105
 T-4. Nikita Kucherov, TB  218    104
 T-4. Patrick Kane, Chi  233    104
 6. Sidney Crosby, Pit  224    102
 7. Evgeni Malkin, Pit  184      98
 8. Tyler Seguin, Dal  222      95
 9. John Tavares, NYI  223      92
 10. Jamie Benn, Dal  227      90

Top 10 Goals: No big surprises here, although seeing Marchand third overall in total goals over the past three seasons might make you look twice. Ovechkin hasn’t lapped the field but he’s not exactly looking over his shoulder, either. Malkin has played 45 fewer games than Ovechkin since the start of 2015-16, scoring 25 fewer goals in that span. Crunch the numbers and Ovechkin’s goals-per-game rate (0.5371) comes in a whisker ahead of Malkin’s (0.5326).

 

 Top 10: ASSISTS (since start of 2015-16)  GP  Assists
 1. Erik Karlsson, Ott  221    163
 2. Blake Wheeler, Wpg  232    158
 3. Patrick Kane, Chi  233    155
 4. Connor McDavid, Edm  195    153
 T-5. Ryan Getzlaf, Ana  195    148
 T-5. Johnny Gaudreau, Cgy  220    148
 T-7. Nicklas Backstrom, Wsh  224    146
 T-7. Claude Giroux, Phi  229    146
 9. Sidney Crosby, Pit  224    145
 10. Jakub Voracek, Phi  224    143

Top 10 Assists: A couple of somewhat unexpected names at the top, with the only defenseman on the list, Karlsson, leading the way, followed by underappreciated playmaker Wheeler. Most people probably would’ve predicted Crosby to be No. 1, but the Penguins captain is down the list in ninth place. McDavid has the best assists-per-game rate (0.78) since the start of 2015-16, followed by Getzlaf (0.76)

 

 Top 10: POINTS (since start of 2015-16)  GP  Points
 1. Patrick Kane, Chi  233    259
 2. Sidney Crosby, Pit  224    248
 3. Nikita Kucherov, TB  218    239
 4. Connor McDavid, Edm  195    232
 5. Blake Wheeler, Wpg  232    228
 6. Jamie Benn, Dal  227    218
 7. Johnny Gaudreau, Cgy  220    216
 T-8. Evgeni Malkin, Pit  184    215
 T-8. Brad Marchand, Bos  210    215
 10. Alex Ovechkin, Wsh  229    212

Top 10 Points: Here’s another one where you probably would’ve guessed Crosby, but it’s Kane with the most combined points over the past three seasons. McDavid and Malkin would be in the running for top spot if they hadn’t spent so much time on the sidelines.

 

 Top 10: EVEN-STRENGTH POINTS (since start of 2015-16)  GP  ESP
 1. Patrick Kane, Chi  233  180
 2. Connor McDavid, Edm  195  170
 3. Sidney Crosby, Pit  224  166
 T-4. Johnny Gaudreau, Cgy  220  155
 T-4. Artemi Panarin, Clb  231  155
 6. Brad Marchand, Bos  210  152
 7. Nikita Kucherov, TB  218  151
 8. Mark Scheifele, Wpg  200  147
 T-9. Vladimir Tarasenko, StL  230  146
 T-9. Blake Wheeler, Wpg  232  146
 T-9. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Wsh  232  146

Top 10 Even-Strength Points: It’s Kane again, though his even-strength points per game (0.77) trails McDavid’s impressive rate (0.87). For comparison’s sake, Crosby’s even-strength points per game since the start of 2015-16 has been 0.74. How about Panarin in a tie for fourth? It helped that he played with Kane for a couple seasons in Chicago, but he’s kept up the pace this year in Columbus.

 

 Top 10: POINTS PER 60 MINUTES (since start of 2015-16)  GP  Pts/60
 1. Evgeni Malkin, Pit  184    3.70
 2. Connor McDavid, Edm  195    3.44
 3. Nikita Kucherov, TB  218    3.43
 4. Sidney Crosby, Pit  224    3.26
 5. Patrick Kane, Chi  233    3.22
 6. Brad Marchand, Bos  210    3.20
 7. Patrik Laine, Wpg  141    3.13
 8. Steven Stamkos, TB  163    3.12
 9. Johnny Gaudreau, Cgy  220    3.05
 10. David Pastrnak, Bos  192    2.97

Top 10 Points Per 60 Minutes: Malkin is making the most of his ice time, with a sizable edge in this category. Three pairs of teammates are represented – Pittsburgh’s Malkin and Crosby, Tampa Bay’s Kucherov and Stamkos and Boston’s Marchand Pastrnak. Laine, perhaps, is the most surprising player to crack the top 10.

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 Top 10: PRIMARY ASSISTS (since start of 2015-16)  GP  PA
 1. Blake Wheeler, Wpg  232  112
 2. Patrick Kane, Chi  233  102
 3. Ryan Getzlaf, Ana  195    95
 4. Johnny Gaudreau, Cgy  220    93
 5. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Wsh  232    91
 T-6. Jakub Voracek, Phi  224    89
 T-6. Connor McDavid, Edm  195    89
 T-8. Erik Karlsson, Ott  221    84
 T-8. Sidney Crosby, Pit  224    84
 10. Artemi Panarin, Clb  231    83

Top 10 Primary Assists: Here’s yet another one where you might’ve guessed Crosby, but nope. He’s tied for eighth, nearly 30 primary assists behind Wheeler, the best-kept secret in Winnipeg. Getzlaf might be in first if not for injuries. Kuznetsov and Panarin qualify as the most unexpected names in the top 10.

 

GOALTENDERS

 Top 10: WINS (since start of 2015-16)  GP  Wins
 1. Braden Holtby, Wsh  177   119
 T-2. Pekka Rinne, Nsh  177   102
 T-2. Devan Dubnyk, Min  182   102
 4. Tuukka Rask, Bos  173     96
 5. Martin Jones, SJ  178     94
 6. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR  180     91
 T-7. Frederik Andersen, Tor  166     88
 T-7. Cam Talbot, Edm  184     88
 9. Sergei Bobrovsky, Clb  155     85
 10. Corey Crawford, Chi  141     83

Top 10 Wins: No shockers. Holtby has been a beast for the Capitals, while Rinne and Dubnyk keep winning for the Preds and Wild, respectively. Crawford might be pushing for a spot in the top three if not for injuries. (If you’re wondering, Montreal’s Carey Price ranks 24th with 62 wins in 117 games over the past three seasons.)
 

  Top 10: SAVE PERCENTAGE (75+ GP since start of 2015-16)  GP  Save pct.
 1. John Gibson, Ana  142     .924
 2. Corey Crawford, Chi  141     .923
 T-3. Sergei Bobrovsky, Clb  155     .922
 T-3. Antti Raanta, Ari    94     .922
 T-3. Carter Hutton, StL    77     .922
 6. Roberto Luongo, Fla  127     .921
 T-7. Devan Dubnyk, Min  182     .920
 T-7. Marc-Andre Fleury, Veg  132     .920
 T-9. Jonathan Quick, LA  138     .919
 T-9. Ben Bishop, Dal  151     .919
 T-9. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB  130     .919

Top 10 Save Percentage: Wow, how about Gibson? Nobody’s been better, percentage-wise, at stopping pucks over the past three seasons than the Ducks goalie. Raanta and Hutton also rank higher than you’d think, and Luongo’s showing he still has something left in the tank, too.

 

 Top 10: GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE (75+ GP since start of 2015-16)  GP  GAA
 1. Carter Hutton, StL    77  2.23
 2. John Gibson, Ana  142  2.27
 T-3. Ben Bishop, Dal  151  2.32
 T-3. Jonathan Quick, LA  138  2.32
 5. Antti Raanta, Ari    94  2.33
 6. Sergei Bobrovsky, Clb  155  2.35
 T-7. Devan Dubnyk, Min  182  2.37
 T-7. Martin Jones, SJ  178  2.37
 T-7. Tuukka Rask, Bos  173  2.37
 10. Braden Holtby, Wsh  177  2.38

Top 10 Goals-Against Average: Hutton has the advantage of a smaller sample size, but he’s still sporting a 2.23 GAA in 77 games over the past three seasons. That’s impressive, backup or not. We should probably be giving more recognition to Gibson, considering he’s first in save percentage and second in GAA since the start of 2015-16. And look, there’s Raanta in the top five again.

 

 Top 10: SHUTOUTS (since start of 2015-16)  GP  Shutouts
 T-1. Tuukka Rask, Bos  172        14
 T-1. Pekka Rinne, Nsh  177        14
 T-1. Devan Dubnyk, Min  180        14
 T-4. Connor Hellebuyck, Wpg  137        12
 T-4. John Gibson, Ana  142        12
 T-4. Ben Bishop, Dal  151        12
 T-4. Sergei Bobrovsky, Clb  154        12
 T-4. Frederik Andersen, Tor  165        12
 T-4. Martin Jones, SJ  177        12
 T-4. Braden Holtby, Wsh  177        12

Top 10 Shutouts: Perhaps the biggest surprise is that no goalie has averaged five shutouts per season over the past three years. Granted, Rask, Rinne and Dubnyk all have a good chance, they just need one more whitewash apiece before the end of the season.