All the talk of decreased goal scoring over the past 10 NHL seasons is very much warranted, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been some impressive individual scoring performances.
When looking at the top 10 scorers of the past 10 seasons, it’s no surprise to see Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin at the top of the list. The two have gone head-to-head for almost every major award in that span and have become the faces of the league.
The rest of the list is a who’s-who of the league’s best, most consistent players. Here are the top scorers since the 2006-07 season.
10. Anze Kopitar, Kings: 243 goals, 441 assists, 684 points in 764 games.
The Kings’ star center has been a model of consistency since breaking into the league in 2006-07. He has six 70+ point seasons and two 30-goal seasons.
9. Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks: 207 goals, 495 assists, 702 points in 730 games.
The Ducks center has been better than a point-per-game in six of the past 10 seasons.
8. Jarome Iginla, Flames/Penguns/Bruins/Avalanche: 326 goals, 377 assists, 703 points in 766 games.
The future Hall of Famer is still a 20-goal scorer at 38 and has at least one more season in him.
7. Martin St. Louis, Lightning/Rangers: 251 goals, 462 assists, 713 points in 690 games.
The now-retired right winger played some of his best hockey at the end of his career, including being the Art Ross winner in 2012-13 at 37.
6. Daniel Sedin, Canucks: 272 goals, 448 assists, 720 points in 746 games.
The twin won the Art Ross Trophy in 2010-11 with 104 points but has only topped 70 once since.
5. Henrik Sedin, Canucks: 160 goals, 589 assists, 749 points in 766 games.
Henrik has racked up the assists while riding shotgun with Daniel.
4. Evgeni Malkin, Penguins: 295 goals, 465 assits, 760 points in 644 games.
He’s done it all since breaking in in 2006-07: Calder Trophy, Conn Smythe, Hart, and two Art Ross. He has three 100-point seasons.
3. Joe Thornton, Sharks: 188 goals, 607 assists, 795 points in 777 games.
His Art Ross Trophy came the season before this set of criteria, but Thornton continues to put up big points in his mid-30s. He led the league with a whopping 92 assists in 2006-07.
2. Sidney Crosby, Penguins: 299 goals, 537 assists, 836 points in 626 games.
Crosby has played the fewest games of any player on this list, yet here he is with a points-per-game of 1.34 over the past 10 years. He has two Hart trophies, two Art Ross, a Richard, and a Conn Smythe in that span.
1. Alex Ovechkin, Capitals: 473 goals, 387 assits, 860 points in 758 games.
No one has lit the lamp like Ovechkin has over the past decade. He has won six of the past 10 Richard trophies, along with three Harts. He scored his 500th career goal in 2015-16.
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