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Rotoworld Top 50: NHL

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Below are the Top 50 searched players on Rotoworld's NHL page. It's an interesting mix with injuries seeming to be the most common theme. Click on any of the links below to see all of our top-50 player reviews:


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1. Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit) – Datsyuk is a bit of a surprise at number one but everyone was wondering about a couple of long-term injuries, one in the regular season (2014-15) and his subsequent ankle surgery in June that forced him to miss the first five weeks of the NHL season. He was a point-per-game player last season but has been only ordinary during the 2015-16 campaign.


2. Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis) – Shattenkirk started off the year as a top offensive force on the blueline but two major injuries, one in each season, forced him to the sidelines.  Shattenkirk, when healthy, is one of the top defensemen in the NHL. There were some trade rumors in July involving Shattenkirk and that provided some interest.


3. Patrick Kane (Chicago) – Kane should be high on the list because of his outstanding play including winning the Stanley Cup but an investigation in the summer for an incident involving a woman really brought his numbers up. The case was eventually dropped and Kane responded with a 26 game scoring streak this season. He leads the NHL in points at this time.


4. Logan Couture (San Jose) – Couture had a big season in 2014-15 with 67 points and was drafted rather high in most pools so when he suffered a fractured right fibula on October 15, there was plenty of interest in his well-being. He returned for a couple of games after missing 23 and suffered another injury that forced him to the sidelines for another three weeks.   


5. Tyler Johnson (Tampa Bay) – Johnson was a huge surprise last season with 29 goals and 72 points in addition to a plus-33 rating. The season had him ranked highly in pools but an undisclosed injury had him missing 13 of 17 games of late. He has slumped this season with only four goals and 11 points in 26 games.


6. Carey Price (Montreal)- The Canadiens netminder won all the awards last season including the Hart as the NHL’s MVP and the Vezina as the top goaltender. This season he was off to a great start as well but a leg injury forced him to the sidelines and the Canadiens have struggled since losing Price in competing.


7. Connor McDavid (Edmonton)  – It’s no surprise that the first overall pick is on this list and don’t be surprised if he is in the top three next season. Everyone was interested in McDavid at the draft and beyond and it really is amazing that he is this high considering he had few blurbs in the first quarter of the year.   


8. Kyle Okposo (New York Islanders) – Okposo was having a strong season in 2015 when he suffered a detached retina. He missed 22 games after undergoing surgery to repair the damage and Okposo is back on the top line (for the most part) with John Tavares. He is having a good season this year with 10 goals and 31 points in 38 games.


9. Jordan Eberle (Edmonton) – Eberle took off after the 2015 All-Star break and finished the season as the third best points producer in the NHL the last 40 percent of the season. Eberle started the 2015-16 campaign on the injured list as he suffered a shoulder injury in training camp. He is a good scorer and now has the chance to play with Benoit Pouliot and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.


10. Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh) – Sid the Kid is probably lower than most would have thought but he has been in a bit of a slump all season and even the good games are being torn around by the media. Crosby had a slump last season near the end as he was pointless in five of seven games it cost him the Art Ross Trophy as he lost by three points to Jamie Benn.


11. Frederik Andersen (Anaheim) - Andersen was a stud in the regular season last year and even better in the playoffs as he led the Ducks to a spot in the Western Conference final. The Blackhawks finally prevailed in seven games but Andersen was great until Games 6 & 7 as he went the first two rounds plus five in the semi-finals without a loss in regulation. He has been hurt this year and may have lost his job to John Gibson.


12. Patric Hornqvist (Pittsburgh) – Hornqvist was highly sought after the last couple of seasons since his trade from Nashville to the Penguins. He was supposed to play with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin and most thought that he would easily surpass his career high of 30 goals. Hornqvist has been a major disappointment.


13. Devan Dubnyk (Minnesota) – Last January Devan Dubnyk was a backup goaltender in Arizona. A trade to Minnesota who were looking for anyone to play between the pipes, and all of a sudden Dubnyk was worthy of Vezina Trophy consideration as he has 27-92 with a 1.78 GAA and a .936 save percentage. The netminder was good enough to lead the Wild into the post-season.


14. Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) – It is no surprise that The King is on the list as he is always one of, if not the first, goalie taken off the board in drafts. Lundqvist was 30-13-3 last season with a 2.11 GAA and a .928 save percentage. He started off this season with a bang but has regressed slightly of late.


15. Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh) – The Penguins other center has been sensational but he gets hurt much too often as he has not played in 70 games since the 2011-12 season. Malkin is a stud and usually gets selected within the first two rounds.


16. Kris Letang (Pittsburgh) – Boy there sure have been a lot of Pittsburgh players on this list and Letang has been injured or ill a good portion of the season. He had a stroke in 2013-14 and a variety of ailments last year. He still managed 11 goals and 45 points in 69 games last season.  He has 19 points in 34 games this season so his fantasy value is slipping.


17. Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg) – Byfuglien is a stud defenseman for the Jets and one of the top blueliners in the NHL. He was hurt during the fantasy playoffs in March and that hurt his owners. Byfuglien has dual eligibility in many pools as both a defenseman and a forward. He gets plenty of power play time and is a top-five all-round defenseman in fantasy pools.


18. Jonathan Drouin (Tampa Bay) – The third overall pick in the 2013 Draft was a highly touted rookie as the 2015 year began. He was a constant healthy scratch during the playoffs and that must have been a contributing factor to his demand for a trade in November. He just was sent to the minors but there are a lot of teams that would love having him, especially if he is reunited with ex-QMJHL teammate Nathan MacKinnon in Denver.


19. Taylor Hall (Edmonton) – Hall missed almost seven weeks at the beginning of 2015 with a leg injury and a poor performance (for him) in the 2014-15 with 14 goals and 38 points in 53 games led to his being selected a lot lower than he should have been on Draft Day. He is a top scorer and also led Canada to the World Hockey championship Gold Medal in May.


20. Alex Ovechkin (Washington) - The Great 8 showed the hockey world that he wasn’t finished as an elite scorer in the NHL and he really came along under new coach Barry Trotz. He led the NHL in goals and had his fifth 50 goal season while winning his fifth Rocket Richard Trophy. Not too shabby.


21. Evander Kane (Buffalo)

22. Phil Kessel (Pittsburgh)

23. Mats Zuccarello (New York Rangers)

24. Tyler Seguin (Dallas)

25. Nicklas Backstrom (Washington)

26. Ondrej Palat (Tampa Bay)

27. Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim)

28. Mark Giordano (Calgary)

29. Jaden Schwartz (St. Louis)

30. Jaromir Jagr (Florida)

31. Zach Parise (Minnesota)

32. Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay)

33. Vladimir Tarasenko St. Louis)

34. Patrick Sharp (Dallas)

35. Max Pacioretty (Montreal)

36. Paul Stastny (St. Louis)

37. Jaroslav Halak (New York Islanders)

38. Rick Nash (New York Rangers)

39. Pekka Rinne (Nashville)

40. John Tavares (New York Islanders)

41. Ryan Miller (Vancouver)

42. Bryan Little (Winnipeg)

43. T.J. Brodie (Calgary)

44. Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay)

45. Andrew Hammond (Ottawa)

46. Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus)

47. Ryan Strome (New York Islanders)

48. Valeri Nichushkin (Dallas)

49. T.J. Oshie (Washington)

50. Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay)

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.