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50. Jack HughesNew Jersey Devils, C

Hughes broke out in his third season in the National Hockey League, scoring his highest in the NHL in goals (26), assists (30) and points (56) despite being limited to 49 games due to a dislocated left shoulder. The 21-year-old, who was the first-choice in the 2019 NHL Draft, also led the Devils in Power-play goals (six) and was the first among attackers in time on the ice per game (19:34).

“I think, without a doubt, that Jack Hughes is a 100-point player with an 82-game season,” said NHL Network analyst Mike Robb. “Maybe it’s this year but in the near future, it’ll be at a 100-point pace.”

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49. Moritz CiderDetroit Red Wings, d

Cider won the Calder Trophy who was voted Best Rookie in the National Hockey League last season, topping the first-year players in assists (43) and strengths (21). He led the rising defense team in points (50), winning goals (four) and shots on goal (187) and was second in goals (seven) while playing all 82 matches. The 21-year-old led the Red Wings on time on icing per game (23:02), total icing time (1889:22) and blocked shots (161) and was second in hits (151).

“We knew he was going to be so talented, we knew he was going to be a D-core in Detroit, but I didn’t know he was going to be in that physical shape.” Rob said. “It’s one thing to be able to move the disc the way he can, and distribute the disc, but it’s his physicality. You have to know when number 53 is on the ice. They’ve got a good one here in Detroit and that’s going to be the focus of their team going forward.”

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48. Poetry in SarosNashville Predators, J

Sarros led the National Hockey League in games and starts (67 each), and finished last season 38-25-3. He was third in wins and tied for sixth in closing (four). Among the goalkeepers who played at least 20 matches, Sarros ranked eighth in saving ratio (0.918) and tied Jack Campbell, then the Toronto Maple Leafs, 15th in the GAA (2.64). The 27-year-old had the second-highest number of shots (2,107), made the second-most hits (1934) and led in a timely position on the ice (3,931:42).

“It was great for the Nashville Predators,” Rob said. “He can steal what could be far away targets… His positional play is great, his blasting is out of this world and he can definitely make a dramatic save as well.”

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47. Philip ForsbergNashville Predators, LW

Forsberg became the all-time leading scorer (220) when he scored 84 points (42 goals, 42 assists) in 69 games last season. He had 10 goals of strength play and 27 points of strength and led Nashville with eight game-winning goals while averaging 18:06 of icy time per game. The 28-year-old has scored 21 goals at least seven times and has been one of the most dynamic strikers in the NHL over the past decade.

“I think he can push 100 points, he’s that kind of player,” Rob said. “… he is [the Predators] The most talented strikers and that says a lot because they have very talented strikers in terms of their individual skills. … the sky is the limit here for Philip Forsberg.”

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46. Gabriel LandskogColorado Avalanche, LW

The avalanche captain for the past 10 seasons, Landeskog has earned 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) in 51 games averaging more than one point per game (1.16) for the second time in his 11 NHL seasons (1.03 in 2018-19). ) . He was 27 years old and had 15 strengths in 20:19 icy time per game. The 29-year-old has scored 20 goals at least nine times, and had 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 20 Stanley Cup games to help Colorado win the cup.

“He’ll never get his full due. Why? Because he’s on a team Nathan McKinnon And the Cal MakarRob said. He has a certain nature to him, he’s a leader and I saw that come to life here in the Stanley Cup playoffs. “

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45. Miro HeskanenDallas Stars, d

Heiskanen scored 36 points (five goals and 31 assists) in 70 games last season and led the stars in an average icy time per game (24:53). His points total was the highest in his four seasons in the NHL, and the 23-year-old tied his highs with three goals and 11 points in strong play. He had 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 27 qualifying matches for 2020, the fifth-highest total by a defender in a single season.

“I’m a big fan of Miro…for me personally, I’d make him higher (on the list), but I probably understand where he is now, but I think he’s about to show up,” Rob said. . “And I think next season, he’s going to get some serious, serious attention to get the Norris Cup… Miro has it all.”

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44. Alex DeBrinkatOttawa Senators, LW

Debrenkat, who was traded from the Chicago Blackhawks on July 7, scored 78 points in 82 games last season and led Chicago with 41 goals to equal his NHL career high in 2018-2019. He also ranked second among the Chicago strikers in the ice time per game (20:51). Patrick King (21:49) She played in the NHL All-Star Game. The 24-year-old has scored at least 28 goals in four of his five seasons in the National Hockey League, and 160 since 2017-18 in eighth place. Of the 160 goals, 52 goals were scored in the strength performance and 21 goals won the match.

“He has a knack for finding the back nets,” Rob said. “If there is such a thing as a 40-goal under-the-radar scorer, it’s this guy. Don’t count him. I guarantee he’ll get 40 again.”

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43. Chris CriederNew York Rangers, LW

The 31-year-old scored NHL highs in goals (52) and points (77) in 81 games, and finished third in goals last season. He led the NHL with 26 goals in strong play and tied for the lead with 11 goals winning the game. Kreider topped Rangers in shots on target (258) and shot percentage (20.2, minimum 50 shots), with an NHL career-best average of 18:44 of ice time per game. He has scored at least 20 goals in seven of his eight full seasons in the NHL.

“He has the ability to take on hockey games with his size (6ft 3, 223lbs) and speed…but I think he got another 5 on 5 to score,” Rob said. “[The Rangers] I had a great year going to the Eastern Conference Final and Chris Kreider was a big reason for that.”

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42. John CarlsonWashington Capitals, D

Carlson scored 71 points (17 goals, 54 assists) in 78 games last season, the third time in four seasons that he earned at least 70 points. The 32-year-old led Washington in average ice time per game (23:49) and was third on blocking shots (112). Carlson’s 260 points (55 goals, 205 assists) in the past four seasons leads the NHL defense, and his 99 Power-play points are second only to Victor Hedman From Tampa Bay Lightning (109). Carlson reached the Norris Cup Final in 2020, and won the Stanley Cup with the Capitals in 2018.

“He’s got a great opportunity,” Rob said. “He’s a guy who jumps (to the play), he understands. When it’s time to go, you don’t have to tell him twice. … He hasn’t always gotten the love he probably deserves nationally as much as a top defensive man in this league.”

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41. Jack EichelVegas Golden Nights, C

Eichel had 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) in 34 games last season after being acquired in a deal with the Buffalo Sabers on November 4. The 25-year-old did not participate in his first season until February 16 because from artificial disc replacement surgery he had eight days after the trade. Among the players selected for the 2015 NHL Draft, Eichel ranked fourth in assists (227), and fifth in goals (153) and points (380).

“This is a guy when he plays and what we’ve seen in his career he’s a world-class player,” Robb said. “…Superstars want to be known as the greatest. Retreat to 41? He might go crazy and I think that’s a good thing. More motivation for Jack will definitely help the Vegas Golden Knights.”

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