Stock Up, Stock Down for NHL's Top 20 Scorers
Through the first few weeks of the season, Thomas Vanek is the NHL's top scorer, but can he keep his stock up for the remainder of the season?
There are 19 other players who round out the current top 20, and while some may finish as a top scorer, others will eventually fall out of the ranking.
Surprisingly, players from last year's league leaders like Claude Giroux, Ilya Kovalchuk, Phil Kessel, Henrik Sedin, Marian Gaborik, James Neal, Marian Hossa and assorted others are currently out of the top 20.
This stock analysis is analyzing the league's current top scorers, and not the essential 20 best offensive players in the league.
Will players hold their stock and remain in similar positions for the rest of the season, will their stock be on the rise as they get better or will stocks plummet as players struggle and others get hot?
*In the case of a tie of amount of points, P.P.G. will be used as the tie breaker.
No. 20: Saku Koivu
Although Saku Koivu is off to an amazing start with 13 points through 11 games with the Anaheim Ducks, he is a veteran center who is no longer a top scorer in the league.
The Ducks and Koivu will continue to play good hockey, but Koivu's stock will eventually fall as the season continues.
No. 19: Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk is one of the league's premier two-way forwards and he is known for his amazing puck skills and passing abilities. Datsyuk currently has 13 points for the Detroit Red Wings and he has looked crisp in the NHL after spending the lockout in the KHL.
Datsyuk should be able to go on a tear when his team and linemates are in better game shape and he has a chance to finish in the top 10 in scoring this season.
No. 18: Joe Pavelski
Joe Pavelski is a young scorer for the San Jose Sharks who is starting to emerge as one of the league's top two-way scorers. Pavelski is an aggressive player in all areas of the ice and can pass and shoot at a high level of play.
Pavelski should be able to hold his current status in the top 20, but I don't see him greatly exceeding his current pace for the rest of the season.
No. 17: Tobias Enstrom
Tobias Enstrom has had a great start with the Winnipeg Jets, and he has been one of the league's top offensive-defensemen in 2013. He is an assists machine, a great special teams asset and a solid defender.
Enstrom should be able to hold a nice pace throughout the season, but it is unlikely that he will be in the top 20 in scoring when you factor in the amount of top snipers currently in slumps throughout the league.
No. 16: John Tavares
John Tavares is going to be the league's next superstar because he is a dominant center with amazing offensive skills. He is an amazing skater, he has tremendous vision and he is building off the success he had last season.
I would be surprised if Tavares finishes outside of the top 10 in 2013, because he has too much skill to fall short.
No. 15: Patrik Elias
Patrik Elias is one of the NHL's stealthiest top scorers because no one would ever expect a grizzled veteran like him to be one of the league's top scorers.
Last season Elias was a catalyst on offense for the Devils, and as the team's top point producer in franchise history, there is no reason why he will slow down anytime soon.
No. 14: Jason Pominville
Jason Pominville currently has just over a point-per-game average through 13 games, and this would put him just ahead of his average from last season in which he tallied 73 points in 82 games.
Pominville is a great two-way player with a nice shot. He is one of the reasons why Buffalo could make the playoffs this year.
Look for him to keep his slight above point-per-game pace in 2013 especially because of how Thomas Vanek has played thus far.
No. 13: Mike Ribeiro
Mike Ribeiro has proven to have been a nice acquisition by the Washington Capitals as he currently is the team's' leading scorer.
Ribeiro is a player known for his playmaking ability, his sick shootout moves and his "acting abilities," but this year he has been one of the league's top scorers.
He should be able to hold the pace, but based on his career numbers he shouldn't really increase or decrease his production based on the pace he is on.
No. 12: Joe Thornton
Joe Thornton is a career point-per-game player and he has exceeded that mark thus far in 2013. The San Jose Sharks' captain has 14 points in 11 games, and he has been a huge part of the team's amazing start to the season.
Thornton is a former Art Ross winner, and there is no reason why he could not potentially win it in 2013.
No. 11: Teemu Selanne
The Finnish Flash is to the NHL what Dick Clark was to American Television for so many years. Selanne is truly like the world's oldest teenager because despite his age of 42 he hasn't missed a beat in 2013 as one of the league's most agile and creative forwards.
He is a player that has proved people wrong year after year, because just when it looks like Selanne is down and out, he comes back better than ever.
No. 10: Patrick Marleau
Patrick Marleau is already starting to trend down after a hot start in January. After recording 14 points in January, Marleau has one point in his last six games, including a plus-minus rating of minus-two.
Marleau will start scoring again, but don't expect him to keep up his meteoric pace into March.
No. 9: Chris Kunitz
The Pittsburgh Penguins have three of their top-six forwards in the top 10, and Chris Kunitz is a player who has really played well thus far. Kunitz can set up teammates with a timely pass and he can score goals on the power play.
Kunitz had 61 points last year, and he projects to finish just under that in 2013.
Thus far the Penguins' winger has performed admirably and he should keep up his pace as the season goes on.
No. 8: David Clarkson
Despite how well David Clarkson has played, he has never been a point-per-game player or a top scorer throughout his entire NHL career.
He is emerging as one of the league's top power forwards, but there is nothing that suggests he will keep up this pace for the rest of the season.
Although Clarkson is a very good player, he will not be among the top 10 for scorers when the season is said and done.
No. 7: Evgeni Malkin
Evgeni Malkin is the reigning Hart Trophy and Art Ross winner and a player who is one of the top three forwards in the NHL today.
He has amazing vision, size, speed and total hockey ability that make him a very dangerous player at all times.
Malkin's stock will only go up as the season goes on, and expect him to contend for the Art Ross Trophy again in 2013.
No. 6: Martin St.Louis
Martin St.Louis and Steven Stamkos currently make up one of the deadliest one-two punches in the entire NHL, and it looks like St. Louis gets a little better each season.
For a player St. Louis' size, he should have never been as dominant as he has been, but that hasn't stopped him from tallying 16 points in 11 games to date this season.
As long as he is paired with Stamkos, he will pile up assists and points.
No. 5: Sidney Crosby
Barring another injury that triggers Sidney Crosby's post-concussion-like symptoms, there is nothing that should stop him from being one of the league's top scorers for the rest of the season.
Crosby has been an excellent passer and shooter thus far and he has been extremely lethal on the power play, where he has tallied six of his 17 points.
Stat of day - In Crosby's last 82 games: 51 goals, 89 assists, 140 points; In Malkin's last 82 games: 52 goals, 68 assists, 120 points.— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_Trib) February 9, 2013
No. 4: Steven Stamkos
Steven Stamkos is the NHL's deadliest goal scorer and he is a player that is always a threat when he is on the ice. This year Stamkos has been more of a playmaker than a scorer as he has only seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points in 11 games.
This is a testament to his development as a center, but when the season is all said and done, he will win the Rocket Richard Trophy.
No. 3: Henrik Zetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg has been one of the league' top two-way forwards in 2013, and his burst of offense for the Detroit Red Wings has been a huge help.
Zetterberg has never been one of the league's top three scorers, but this should be the year in which he illustrates his full potential on offense.
With a 1.50 P.P.G. average, there appears to be nothing that can stop Zetterberg going forward.
No. 2: Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane is proving all the critics wrong, myself included, with an amazing start to the 2013 season, and he has been one of the league's hottest players.
The Chicago Blackhawks remain one of the NHL's top teams, and Kane is their top scorer with nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points through 12 games.
No. 1: Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek is off to one of the best starts in recent memory. I think he will hold his pace but he won't be the league's top scorer when the regular season ends.
This is not a knock on Vanek as a player, but he has never been one of the league's top scorers on a consistent basis and he is bound to hit a slump.
He will finish with above a P.P.G. average, but I feel a player like Stamkos or Kane will overtake him at some point.
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