Six-hundred-ninety talented athletes are lucky enough to call themselves players in the NHL, but among them are a select few who can truly be considered the most dangerous scorers in the league.
These are the players who can rip a one-timer from the top of the circle to the back of the net, dipsy-doodle around defensemen as if they're pylons on the ice and deke goalies to make them look downright silly. In short, these players are stars on their respective teams, the ones who can be depended on to put up points on the scoreboard.
I put together a list of the top 30 most dangerous scorers in the league, which mostly includes goal scorers, but I give a few nods to the playmakers of the NHL who must be credited for the work done prior to the goal.
In making my decisions, I stuck with the forwards who have shown the most success since the 2005 lockout. I also took into consideration how the player is doing thus far in the 2010-11 NHL season, but by no means was that the deciding factor.
The most important question I wanted to solve was finding the players who invoke the most fear in defensemen and goalies when the puck is on his stick and he is taking it down the ice.
In no particular order, here are the 30 most dangerous scorers in the NHL.
Laura Falcon is a Featured Columnist for the Pittsburgh Penguins and a college writing intern for Bleacher Report. Follow her on Twitter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments.