NHL Positional Rankings: Ranking the league's top 10 right wings
Certainly at this point with 19 goals to lead the NHL, David Pastrnak is the top right winger in the entire league. After his two-goal performance in Tuesday night’s win over the New Jersey Devils, Pastrnak is on pace for a blistering 74 goals and 133 points and continues to be the big game-breaker for the Black and Gold when it comes to goal-scoring.
Can Pastrnak make it all the way to 60 or 70 goals this season? Will be break the 100-point plateau for the first time in his NHL career this season?
It seems like the sky is the limit if Pastrnak can stay healthy based on his pace to be a 50 goal/100 point guy last season before he injured his thumb, and perhaps this season we will see just how good he can be over the course of a full season in his prime. There is no question at this point that Pastrnak is the best right wing in the NHL.
10. Reilly Smith
Smith has been very solid for the Golden Knights with 10 goals in 23 games this season and continues to be a better player outside of Boston than he was with the Bruins.
9. Evgenii Dadonov
Dadonov has 10 goals and five power play goals in 21 games this season, and has been a great source of offense for the Panthers along with their other two big forwards. Dadonov is shooting at 18.5 percent this season, so perhaps things will slow down a little moving forward. But we’ll see.
8. Nikita Kucherov
The NHL MVP last season has not been all that impressive this season with six goals and 18 points in 18 games. Perhaps he’ll catch fire in the second half and he’s trying not to burn out like the rest of the Lightning, but there’s not much there right now.
7. Tom Wilson
It might be a little surprising that Wilson is one of the best RWs in the league based on his on-ice thuggery, but he’s also got nine goals and 18 points in 23 games along with the physical element. Wilson has blossomed into exactly what the Capitals expected him to be when they took him in the first round.
6. Brock Boeser
Nine goals and 21 points in 22 games for the Canucks as Boeser has rebounded nicely from a slow start to the year, and is rolling now just like the rest of the Vancouver young guns.
5. Mark Stone
Ten goals and 20 points in 23 games for the Golden Knights this season and the best two-way, 200-foot player for Vegas on their roster. Stone hasn’t dominated, but he’s been very, very good.
4. Anthony Mantha
A total of 12 goals and 22 points in 23 games for the Red Wings as he’s been Detroit’s best player to date this season. He’s also a minus-6 right now for Detroit, but among the right wings he stacks up nicely.
3. Andrei Svechnikov
Ten goals, 23 points and three game-winning goals for Svechnikov show that he’s truly blossoming into a breakout NHL player for the Carolina Hurricanes. It’s players like Svechnikov that are powering the Hurricanes as they continue to do well this season.
2. Patrick Kane
Kane is still near the top with 11 goals and 28 points in 21 games and is annually neck and neck with Pastrnak for competition as the best right wing in the NHL.
1. David Pastrnak
With 19 goals and 34 points in 21 games this season, Pastrnak is the second-best player in the NHL behind Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl while still leading the league in goals scored at this point. The 10 PP goals are jaw-dropping.