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No, your eyes have not deceived you: I chose a non-NHL player for the top ten.
Mattias Weinhandl deserves the recognition, even after a mediocre four year NHL career with the Islanders and the Wild from 2002-2007. Weinhandl was far from exceptional during his NHL career, which ended poorly with a demotion to the AHL in 2006-07.
However, since his departure to Europe in 2007, Weinhandl has excelled on the larger ice surfaces of the Swedish Elite League and the KHL, where he has finished in the top ten in scoring the past two seasons.
Weinhandl led Sweden’s Men’s National Team in scoring at the 2008 and 2009 World Championships on rosters including other established NHL forwards such as Nicklas Backstrom, Loui Eriksson, and Patric Hornqvist. He also represented Team Sweden at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, managing 2 assists in 4 games with a plus-2 rating.
It’s unknown whether Weinhandl’s international success would translate well to the NHL’s smaller ice at this point in his career, and I doubt we will ever get the chance to see, but he certainly has the offensive skills to match some of Sweden’s top players. Let the debate begin.