The 15 Most Dynamic Goal Scorers Currently in the NHL
There are some fantastic players all over the NHL, and they aren't all locked up in three or four cities (take note, NBA). This season has seen some new names emerge around the top of the league's scoring leaders, while other standards have stayed where they've been for years among the league's elite.
This list will look at the 15 most dynamic scorers currently in the league.
Here are some other players that just missed the cut:
- Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
- Dany Heatley, Minnesota Wild
- Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes
- Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
- Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
- Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche
- Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils
- Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks
- Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets
- Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers
- John Tavares, New York Islanders
- Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks
We're well aware that there will be other players that are dynamic, and we apologize in advance for missing them. But what follows is our Top 15 in the game right now.
Honorable Mention: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Because of his injury and questionable status moving forward, we're going to hold Crosby to honorable mention.
Yes, we include Claude Giroux later in this list, but he only recently left the ice; Crosby has been missing for almost a full year.
15. Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
At times, it doesn't seem fair for opponents when Daniel and Henrik flash their incredible chemistry around the net.
Daniel has been the bigger scorer of the two over the past few years, and he continues to lead the way in Vancouver.
14. Evander Kane, Winnipeg Jets
One of the young studs that's becoming a lot of fun to watch, Kane has added scoring to the physical game he displayed last season.
His 15 goals are a pleasant surprise for Jets fans and Kane's agent—Kane needs a new contract after this year.
13. Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks
The new daddy sometimes doesn't get the attention he deserves because of guys like Hossa, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, but Sharp is arguably the best scorer in Chicago since Jeremy Roenick left (including Tony Amonte and Eric Daze).
He's scored at least 25 goals in four straight seasons and has 16 already this year.
12. Milan Michalek, Ottawa Senators
He's always had ability, as he showed with his three consecutive 50+ point seasons. But he already has as many goals as he did in 66 games last year (18).
He's one of the great stories of the season, and hopefully he stays healthy and continues to put up big numbers for the Sens.
11. Kris Versteeg, Florida Panthers
When it comes to flashy plays, not many put together a prettier highlight reel than Versteeg. He flows through traffic with ease and makes pretty plays every-other game.
Unfortunately for Toronto and Philadelphia, it took two trades until the Panthers saw what the Blackhawks saw in flashes a few years ago.
10. Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins
Maybe the surprise of the year, Seguin dusted off a disappointing personal performance in his rookie year to jump into the top-six in Boston and the top-15 in the NHL in goals.
His release unleashes a missile, and he's got quick hands around the net.
9. Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres
He's in the group within smelling-distance of the league-lead in goals this year and has some fantastic hands. Few forwards in the league finish with as much flair as Vanek.
8. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Toews has always finished exceptionally well, but he deferred too much.
To start this season, he has taken control of the Blackhawks and has refused to let them lose. His 17 goals are on pace for his first 40-goal season, and he's in the early mix for the Hart.
7. Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
He led the league in scoring and won the Hart Trophy last year. Perry continues to find ways to get the puck in the net, even while his team fails to finish games.
Bruce Boudreau has dealt with elite scorers before in Washington.
6. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
He hasn't been on top of his game this year, but Ovechkin still scares the stuffing out of opponents. When he wants the puck, there are very few players in the game today that can stop him.
5. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
He might have the best one-timer in the game today; plus, he has ridiculously quick hands when he sees a rebound.
Opposing goaltenders better hang onto the first shot, or he'll probably put it into the back of the net.
4. Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
After he was dissed at the All-Star game last year, Kessel has erased any questions about his place among the best in the league. He has been at the top of the scoring leaders most of the season and is on pace for a career year.
Finally, he's showing the player that Brian Burke paid a king's ransom to get.
3. Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils
Parise has some of the better hands in the game, as well as a fantastic willingness to give the puck to a teammate in a situation where he could easily score.
He's one of the better two-way forwards in the league and will be the prize of this summer's free-agent class if he hits the open market.
2. Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Giroux has emerged on the scene in Philadelphia over the last couple seasons. His ability on the ice is the reason the Flyers felt comfortable moving Mike Richards and Jeff Carter this past summer.
He's quickly becoming one of the most electrifying scorers in the game.
1. Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Because he's an unselfish player that hasn't posted 50 goals in a season, a lot of hockey fans take Datsyuk for granted. But it's hard to imagine a better pair of hands in the NHL than his.
He plays the game on a level only few can conceive.