It may be vision. It could be hands. It also includes balance and athletic ability.
The best setup men in the NHL have a gift. They know how to hold on to the puck and create space at the same time.
When they do this, it opens things up for their teammates. The best setup men can deliver the puck with a flip of the wrist so the puck moves onto the stick of a teammate who can fire the puck consistently on net.
It won't go in every time, but it will go in often enough so that the setup man's assist total builds consistently.
While goal scorers should never be downplayed, it's the setup men who constantly make plays and create goals.
Here's a look at the best setup men in the game right now.
(We are looking at last year's assist totals as well as their current status as the new season begins.)