The Art Ross Trophy is awarded annually to the player who amasses the most points over the course of the NHL season.
We are used to seeing the man receiving the award boast triple-digit points, but that will not be the case in a 48-game season. In fact, the compact schedule, the role of injuries and lack of training camp may dictate who the top offensive player in the league turns out to be.
In this article, we will take a look at the top 10 scorers in the league and rank their chances of winning the Art Ross. The players selected for this slideshow are the current top point-getters in the NHL, and anyone outside of the 10 best was not considered for the article.
A player's ranking is not necessarily indicative of where he will finish in the standings, but simply the likelihood that he will finish first. As an example, Chris Kunitz's ranking is low because so much of his point production is influenced by teammate Sidney Crosby; therefore, there is little chance he will actually surpass Crosby to take the lead, though he may finish very high in the standings.
The eventual winner of the award will be the player who can keep up his point production through the grueling two months ahead, and with the season so condensed, the field is wide open.
Here are hockey's top candidates for the Art Ross Trophy.