NHL Positional Rankings: Ranking the league's top 10 left wings
Is there a more top-heavy, stacked position in the NHL than left wing where there are three legit Hart Trophy candidates in each of the top three spots with Leon Draisaitl, Brad Marchand and Alex Ovechkin?
Draisaitl has been arguably the best player in the entire NHL this season with his league-leading 44 points in 24 games and has teamed with Connor McDavid in Edmonton to be the best duo in the entire NHL as well. Marchand is on pace for 51 goals and 137 points this season and continues to show that last year’s 100-point season was no fluke. Then there is old standby Alex Ovechkin, who is also on pace for 51 goals this season and could potentially give the position three different players who will put up massive numbers this season.
Go down the list and there are a number of young up-and-coming forwards really coming into their own like Jonathan Huberdeau, Tyler Bertuzzi and Matthew Tkachuk, but the very tip-tip of this list is the best trio of left wingers that the NHL has produced in a long, long time.
10. David Perron
The Blues left winger has 10 goals and 21 points in 23 games and has been one of the key players keeping the ship afloat for St. Louis with Vladimir Tarasenko out for the rest of the year.
9. Max Pacioretty
Patches has eight goals and 22 points for the Golden Knights, but is also just shooting at 8.5 percent this season. So perhaps there are even better things for him in Vegas moving forward after a bit of a snake-bitten start.
8. Tyler Bertuzzi
Bertuzzi has really blossomed with 10 goals and 22 points in 24 games for the Red Wings this season, and has been a bit of an underrated asset along with Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha.
7. Matthew Tkachuk
The rugged left winger has 10 goals and 20 points in 25 games, but the real competition is going to be which player is going to win the left wing PIMS race between him and Marchand.
6. Tomas Tatar
I did not expect Tatar to be among the league’s best left wings this year, but he’s been a revelation in Montreal. Tatar has 20 points in 22 games and has been a key part of the shutdown line for the Habs as well as one of the best players on that Habs roster.
5. Artemi Panarin
The move to the Rangers has been A-OK for the Bread Man with 11 goals and 25 points in 19 games along with a plus-9 rating. Panarin hasn’t lifted the Rangers overall, but he’s been pretty excellent in his own right.
4. Jonathan Huberdeau
The Panthers left winger is in the NHL’s top 10 in scoring with 30 points in 22 games and is tied for third in the league with his 11 power play assists this season.
3. Alex Ovechkin
The 112 shots on net in 24 games is pretty amazing for Alex the Great to go right along with the 15 goals and 25 points in 24 games. It’s amazing Ovie just continues to keep on scoring goals after all these years.
2. Brad Marchand
The B’s agitator is on pace for 53 goals and 131 points along with 160 penalty minutes this season. People thought Marchand had a career year last season with 100 points, but he looks like he’s on to even bigger and better things this year.