Every successful NHL team has a strong group of top-six forwards. With scoring at a premium in today’s game, a good team has to have a blend of speed, skill and size on the top two lines.
These players also form the core of every team’s power play. Usually, at least five of these players will be on the two power play units, with more versatile forwards even manning the point on occasion.
Looking ahead four years means that players now entering their prime in 2013, should be in top form, while some of today’s aging stars are likely to be retired. The speed of today’s game means that only the rare forward over the age of 35 can be a top-six player.
On a handful of teams, some of the projected top draft prospects for 2014 and 2015 are included. Enjoy the gaze into the crystal ball as we look at every team’s impact forwards in the fall of 2017.
All statistics found here will be on nhl.com in four more years.