Take a look at the NHL’s top 10 active players in goals, assists and points, plus the top 10 active defensemen in goals and points and top 10 active goalies in wins and shutouts.
It is no surprise, of course, to see time traveller Jaromir Jagr leading all active NHL players in goals, assists and points. Nor is it shocking to discover almost-as-old Zdeno Chara pacing active NHL defensemen in goals and points, and Twitter jokester @strombone1 a.k.a. Roberto Luongo with the most career wins and shutouts among goalies currently playing in the NHL. But there’s still a few surprises, and it’s always interesting to see who’s forcing their way up the list. (Stats as of Nov. 4, 2017)
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The top 10: There’s Jagr and then there’s everybody else. The ageless wonder is more than 500 points ahead of Joe Thornton, the NHL’s second-most prolific active player, and more than 800 points ahead of third-place Patrick Marleau. In fact, Jagr is more than 1,000 points ahead of fellow top-10ers Henrik Zetterberg, Jason Spezza and Eric Staal. To put that into perspective, consider the fact that only six active NHL players have reached 1,000 points. (Then, consider the fact that Jagr is still nearly 1,000 points behind Wayne Gretzky’s all-time total of 2,857.)
Three to watch: Among the NHL’s top 30 active scorers, Evgeni Malkin (11th place, 847 points) has played the fewest games (721) and has the second-best points-per-game average (1.17, behind only Sidney Crosby’s 1.30). Ryan Getzlaf, in 12th place with 821 points, should be able to crack the top 10 in a couple years, while Patrick Kane (15th place, 765 points) has time on his side as the youngest player among the NHL’s top 30 active scorers (he turns 29 on Nov. 19).
The Marian Hossa Not-Quite-Active Addendum: With 1,134 points in 1,309 games, Hossa ranks third among active players. Whether or not he should be considered “active” is another question altogether. He’s been placed on long-term injured reserve by the Chicago Blackhawks, he’s been ruled out for this season and his future is in doubt.
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The top 10: Jagr is running away with this one at the moment, but Alex Ovechkin hasn’t given up the chase. They both have an outside chance to one day pass Gordie Howe’s total of 801 goals, but Gretzky’s all-time record of 894 appears safe. Marleau is the only other active player with more than 500 goals, and that isn’t about to change anytime soon. Rick Nash and Crosby should hit 500 in a few years or so, but nobody else is close.
Three to watch: Once again, Malkin (13th, 334 goals) is the most obvious candidate to make a serious move up the list, followed by Steven Stamkos (15th, 327 goals) and Kane (21st, 290 goals).
The Marian Hossa Not-Quite-Active Addendum: Hossa would sit third among active players with 525 goals. If he was active. Which he kind of is. But not really. Well, maybe next season. Or maybe not. Who knows? It’s all rather confusing.
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The top 10: Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but it’s Jagr by a landslide. Well, Thornton is pretty close, but otherwise … landslide. Jagr has about twice as many assists as any of the bottom five players in the top 10, which is kind of crazy. Yes, it has a lot to do with the gap in games played, but his longevity and sustained caliber of play is part of Jagr’s greatness. Crosby, Getzlaf and Backstrom are the best bets to keep moving up the list, they’ve played significantly fewer games than everyone else in the top 10.
Three to watch: You guessed it, Malkin (11th, 513 assists) is on the verge of cracking the top 10 and he’s sure to join Crosby, Getzlaf and Backstrom as one of the most helper-full players in the league once the old guard of Jagr, Thornton & Co. call it quits. Kane (15th,
475 assists) has time on his side, while Claude Giroux (23rd, 404 assists) has played the fewest games (670) of anyone in the top 35.
The Marian Hossa Not-Quite-Active Addendum: With 609 career assists, Hossa ranks sixth among active players. Or, he ranks 80th among all players, including retired NHLers, which perhaps he effectively is.
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The top 10: Chara leads the way, but it’s more about his long and consistent career than being an offensive dynamo – he has the most points among active NHL defensemen, but his points-per-game average (0.45) is also the lowest among any blueliner in the top 10. Chara has played more than 400 games more than anyone else in the top 10. Erik Karlsson, meanwhile, has played significantly fewer games than Chara or anyone else, and his rise to No. 1 appears all but inevitable.
Three to watch: Only Karlsson (0.83) has a better points-per-game average than Kris Letang (0.64) among the top 50 active defensemen in points. If only he could stay healthy. Letang, 12th overall with 397 points, has missed 154 games over the past six seasons. Drew Doughty (15th, 371 points) and P.K. Subban (17th, 327 points) might only be looking up to Karlsson by the time they hang ’em up.
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The top 10: Chara and Weber, the hardest-shooting defensemen of their generation and perhaps in NHL history, sit 1-2 among active blueliners in goals scored. Brent Burns and Dustin Byfuglien, both of whom also played the wing for a few seasons earlier in their careers, are within sight of top spot. But when all is said and done, look for Karlsson to score more goals than anyone else on this list.
Three to watch: Nashville Predators teammates Subban (19th, 74 goals) and Roman Josi (T-26th, 67 goals) are also going to keep climbing. And don’t overlook the Carolina Hurricanes’ Justin Faulk (T-26th, 67 goals), whose 412 games are the fewest among the top 40 blueliners in goals.
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The top 10: Forget the top 10 active win leaders, Luongo and Henrik Lundqvist have already cracked the top 10 in all-time wins – and Luongo has a chance to become just the third goalie in NHL history to win 500 games, joining Martin Brodeur (691) and Patrick Roy (551). He’ll have to stay healthy, though, which might be easier said than done for a 38-year-old netminder who’s logged a lot of miles and has endured increasing injury concerns over the past couple of seasons. The 35-year-old Lundqvist, who has won 30-or-more games in 11 of his 12 NHL seasons — as well as 24 wins in 43 games in lockout-shortened 2012-13 — also has a shot at 500 career victories. Carey Price, 30, and Jonathan Quick, 31, have time on their side compared to everyone else in the top 10.
Three to watch: Corey Crawford (12th, 220 wins) has played the fewest games (392) among the top 15 active goalies with the most wins, while 28-year-old Braden Holtby (19th, 197 wins) is the youngest netminder among the top 25 active goalies in wins. Sergei Bobrovsky (20th, 189 wins) also looks good to leapfrog several masked men before his Vezina Trophy-winning career comes to an end.
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The top 10: Luongo and Lundqvist are head-and-shoulders above everybody else when it comes to shutouts, though early-30somethings Quick, Price and Tuukka Rask have time to make up some ground. Brodeur’s all-time record of 125 is safe; Luongo sits just outside the all-time top 10, trailing Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito, who posted 76 shutouts apiece.
Three to watch: Holtby (16th, 32 shutouts) has time and talent on his side, and the same can be said for Bobrovsky (23rd, 20 shutouts). Cam Talbot (24th, 19 shutouts) also has a chance to move up considerably if he can stay healthy on what should be a successful Oilers team.