Connor McDavid wins our first ever Notinhalloffame.com Pure Cup

Connor McDavid wins our first ever Notinhalloffame.com Pure Cup
21 Jul
2022
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Two months ago, we awarded Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers the Notinhalloffame Hockey Cup, where he rules were as followed:

With every single regular season game, we anointed the best five players in the game with descending points, 5-4-3-2-1.  

We knew the following:

  • The top players for the NHL NIHOF Cup are not always the best in the league, as injuries keep players out of games, and a premium on staying healthy can help pile up points.It also does not hurt to be a top player on an average or mediocre team, as they can amass Cup points easier that elite players on loaded squads.
  • Please remember, that this is NOTnecessarily who we think were the best players this year, and does not reflect overall consistency.Treat this the way did, as a fun process and more of a compilation of temporary statistical domination.  

However, that was just the Regular Season!

Like we did for the NBA, we did the same and kept it going into the playoffs, to also create the first ever Notinhalloffame.com Pure Cup.

So, NHL players!  Get your agents to work winning this into your contracts!

Here are the top 100 2021/22 rankings for the NHL NIHOF PURE CUP:

1. Connor McDavid: Edmonton Oilers, Center: (#1. Regular Season)

183 Pure Cup Points 148 Regular Season, 35 Playoff.

Regular Season: 80 Games, 1.85 Cup Points per Game, 44 Goals, 79 Assists, 123 Points, +28, 26 Blocked Shots, 75 Hits, 73 Takeaways, 68 Giveaways, 13.8 Point Shares. 

16 Playoff Games, 10 Goals, 23 Assists, 33 Points, +15, 4 Blocked Shots, 51 Hits, 14 Takeaways, 20 Giveaways.

In his seventh NHL Season, McDavid won his fourth Art Ross Trophy, and set career-highs in Goals, Assists, Points and Point Shares.  Beginning the season on a 17-Game Point streak, McDavid keeps getting better and he might be the best stickhandler in the game over the last five years.  The Oilers Center went to his fifth All-Star Game, was fifth in Point Shares and should be among the top five players in Hockey over the next five years.  McDavid led the Oilers to the Western Conference Final, the deepest playoff run they have had since 2006.  While Edmonton failed to make the Finals, McDavid still led all skaters in the playoffs in Points (33) and Plus/Minus (15). He was also named a Second Team All-Star.

2. Igor Shesterkin: New York Rangers, Goalie: (#6 Regular Season)

156 Pure Cup Points, 118 Regular Season, 38 Playoff.

Regular Season: 53 Games, 2.23 Cup Points per Game, 36 Wins, 29 Losses, 7 Ties/Overtime Losses, .935 Save Percentage, 2.07 Goals Against Average, 13.4 Goalie Point Shares

Playoff: 20 Games, 10 Wins, 9 Losses, .929 Save Percentage, 2.59 Goals Against Average

We have our first Goalie, Igor Shesterkin, who is only in his third year in the NHL.  Shesterkin led the NHL in Save Percentage, GAA, GA% (70), GSAA (44.9) and adjGAA (2.11).  It was a dominating performance by Shesterkin, and bluntly, Goalies have an easier time amassing Cup Points as shown by Shesterkin’s Cup Points per Game Average.  Shesterkin won the Vezina, and took New York to the Eastern Conference Finals.

3. Leon Draisaitl: Edmonton Oilers, Center: (#5 Regular Season)

148 Pure Cup Points 123 Regular Season, 25 Playoff.

Regular Season: 80 Games, 1.54 Cup Points per Game, 55 Goals, 55 Assists, 110 Points, +17, 25 Blocked Shots, 53 Hits, 74 Takeaways, 88 Giveaways, 13.2 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 16 Games, 7 Goals, 25 Assists, 32 Points, +4, 3 Blocked Shots, 8 Hits, 12 Takeaways, 19 Giveaways

It did not take long for a team to have two players in our top 100, and going into this season, it would have been the Oilers that we would have pegged as the team.  Draisaitl won the Art Ross two years ago, was fourth this year, and was second in Goals this season, while leading the NHL in Game-Winning Goals with 11.  As phenomenal as it is to see two players from Edmonton crack the top five, it also should be mentioned that there will not be a third anywhere close, showcasing the lack of depth of the Oilers, but the dynamic Centers took Edmonton the Western Conference Finals, while leading all skaters in Assists.  Draisaitl was also ninth in Hart voting.

4. Auston Matthews: Toronto Maple Leafs, Center: (#2 Regular Season)

183 Pure Cup Points 148 Regular Season, 35 Playoff.

Regular Season: 80 Games, 1.86 Cup Points per Game, 60 Goals, 46 Assists, 106 Points, +20, 62 Blocked Shots, 67 Hits, 92 Takeaways, 48 Giveaways, 13.7 Point Shares. 

7 Playoff Games, 4 Goals, 5 Assists, 9 Points, +1, 6 Blocked Shots, 32 Hits, 9 Takeaways, 6 Giveaways

Matthews might behind McDavid in both Cup Points and Points, but the 2016/17 Rookie of the Year won the Hart Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award and was a First Team All-Star.  He led the league in Goals, Shots (348), and was slightly higher than McDavid in Cup Points per Game, which considering the greater depth of Toronto than Edmonton is very impressive.  Matthews set the Leafs record for Goals per Season, and he won his second Rocket Richard Award as the top Goal Scorer.  Notably, Matthews becomes the first skater in ten years since Steven Stamkos to crack 60 Goals.  The American Center still has incredible upside, though Toronto again failed in the playoffs, failing to get out of the first round.  

5. Kirill Kaprizov: Minnesota Wild, Left Wing: (#3, Regular Season)

138 Pure Cup Points 128 Regular Season, 10 Playoff.

Regular Season: 81 Games, 1.56 Cup Points per Game, 47 Goals, 61 Assists, 108 Points, +27, 29 Blocked Shots, 73 Hits, 57 Takeaways, 72 Giveaways, 12.6 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 6 Games, 7 Goals, 1 Assist, 8 Points, -3, 3 Blocked Shots, 4 Hits, 5 Takeaways, 4 Giveaways, 12.6 Point Shares. 

Last year’s Calder Trophy winner, is actually now 25, and with his past experience in Russia, is far more seasoned beyond what his NHL tenure suggests.  One of the top Wings in the NHL, Kaprizov went to his first All-Star Game this year, and was fifth in Goals and Points, and he is now the single-season Wild record holder in Goals, Assists and Points.  There is no doubt who is now the top star in Minnesota.  He finished seventh in Hart Trophy voting.

6. Johnny Gaudreau: Calgary Flames, Left Wing: (#7 Regular Season)

128 Pure Cup Points, 117 Regular Season, 11 Playoff.

Regular Season: 82 Games, 1.43 Cup Points per Game, 40 Goals, 75 Assists, 115 Points, +64, 9 Blocked Shots, 10 Hits, 50 Takeaways, 81 Giveaways, 14.6 Point Shares. 

Playoff: 12 Games, 3 Goals, 11 Assists, 14 Points, -3, 1 Blocked Shot, 1 Hits, 11 Takeaways, 14 Giveaways

This is the best season of Gaudreau’s life, as he not only posted highs in Goals, Assists and Points (all by wide margins), but he blew his previous Plus/Minus number away with a league-leading +64, 46 higher than his previous high.  Gaudreau was a previous Lady Byng Trophy winner and he was fourth in Hart Voting this year while capturing his first post-season All-Star (First Team).  He signed with Columbus in the off-season.

7. Steven Stamkos: Tampa Bay Lightning, Center: (#12 Regular Season

126 Pure Cup Points, 105 Regular Season, 21 Playoff

Regular Season: 81 Games, 1.30 Cup Points per Game, 42 Goals, 64 Assists, 106 Points, +24, 31 Blocked Shots, 93 Hits, 30 Takeaways, 24 Giveaways, 12.4 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 23 Games, 11 Goals, 8 Assists, 19 Points, +7, 24 Blocked Shots, 60 Hits, 4 Takeaways, 11 Giveaways

Stamkos never stops scoring, and though the two-time Rocket Richard winner is into his 30s, he is still one of Tampa’s most potent weapons.  A member of the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions, Stamkos finally had his first 100 Point year, and also tied for the league-lead in Game-Winning Goals (11).  Next year, Stamkos should eclipse 500 Goals and 1,000 Points.  Tampa did not win their third consecutive Stanley Cup, but he did his best to try to make it happen.

8. Andrei Vasilevskiy: Tampa Bay Lightning, Goalie: (#39 Regular Season

125 Pure Cup Points, 86 Regular Season, 39 Playoff

Regular Season: 63 Games, 1.71 Cup Points per Game, 39 Wins, 18 Losses, 5 Ties/Overtime Losses, .916 Save Percentage, 2.49 Goals Against Average, 12.0 Goalie Point Shares

Playoffs: 23 Games, 14 Wins, 9 Losses, .922 Save Percentage, 2.52 Goals Against Average

The backstop for the last two Stanley Cup Championship Teams, Vasilevskiy led the NHL in Wins for the fifth consecutive year.  The 2019 Vezina winner went to his fourth All-Star Game, was ninth in GAA and seventh in Goalie Point Shares.  Vasilevskiy didn’t win the Vezina this year (he was fifth), but is still an upper-echelon NHL Goalie, as shown by his playoff performance. In fact, it was Vasilevskiy who led all players in Playoff Cup Points.

9. (Tie) Jacob Markstrom: Calgary Flames, Goalie: (#10 Regular Season

124 Pure Cup Points, 106 Regular Season, 18 Playoff

Regular Season: 63 Games, 1.68 Cup Points per Game, 37 Wins, 15 Losses, 9 Ties/Overtime Losses, .922 Save Percentage, 2.22 Goals Against Average, 12.2 Goalie Point Shares

Playoff: 12 Games, 5 Wins, 7 Losses, .901 Save Percentage, 2.95 Goals Against Average

Our highest rated player from Sweden, the Flames join their provincial rival as the only team with at least two players in the top ten.  Markstrom is coming off his best season in his 12 North American campaigns, and he led the NHL in Shutouts (9), which is more than the eight he had over the rest of his career.  He finished in the top four in Save Percentage and GAA, and logged the fifth most minutes between the pipes (3,696).

10. Alex Ovechkin: Washington Capitals, Left Wing: (#5 Regular Season)

122 Pure Cup Points 122 Regular Season, 0 Playoff.

Regular Season: 77 Games, 1.58 Cup Points per Game, 50 Goals, 40 Assists, 90 Points, +8, 25 Blocked Shots, 156 Hits, 32 Takeaways, 50 Giveaways, 11.2 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 6 Games, 1 Goal, 5 Assists, 6 Points, -3, 2 Blocked Shots, 30 Hits, 3 Takeaways, 6 Giveaways

Ovechkin might look a lot older, but his play on the ice defies his exterior.  For the first time since 2009/10, Ovie had at least 90 Points, and he had his ninth 50-Goal year, tying Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky, and becoming the oldest player ever to hit that mark.  After all this time, Ovechkin is still the best player for the Capitals, and the now eight-time All-Star is now 124 Goals behind Wayne Gretzky for the all-time lead.  We wouldn’t bet against him.  Saying that, Ovechkin had a poor playoff by his standards, and did not obtain any Cup Playoff Points.

11. Chris Kreider: New York Rangers, Left Wing (#13 Regular Season)

121 Pure Cup Points, 104 Regular Season, 17 Playoff

Regular Season: 81 Games, 1.28 Cup Points per Game, 52 Goals, 25 Assists, 77 Points, +19, 39 Blocked Shots, 141 Hits, 27 Takeaways, 45 Giveaways, 10.7 Point Shares. 

Playoff: 20 Games, 10 Goals, 6 Assists, 16 Points, -1, 9 Blocked Shots, 52 Hits, 13 Takeaways, 22 Giveaways

This might turn out to be Kreider’s career year, as for the first time in ten years, he cracked 50 Goals, and led the NHL in Power Play Goals (26) and Game-Winning Goals (11).  This year’s power play prowess set a franchise record for the Rangers, while also going to his second All-Star Game.  At the age of 30, this might the peak for Kreider, who helped the Rangers make the Eastern Conference Final.

12. Cale Makar: Colorado Avalanche, Defense (#43 Regular Season)

120 Pure Cup Points, 83 Regular Season, 37 Playoffs

Regular Season: 77 Games, 0.89 Cup Points per Game, 28 Goals, 58 Assists, 86 Points, +48, 110 Blocked Shots, 95 Hits, 49 Takeaways, 40 Giveaways, 15.2 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 20 Games, 8 Goals, 21 Assists, 29 Points, +7, 43 Blocked Shots, 28 Hits, 22 Takeaways, 13 Giveaways

Makar is one of the many stars of the Avs, and often when he had a great game, his teammates who played forward did too.  A lot more work to help Defenseman in Cup Points will be looked at for next year as we know this is way too low for a Norris wonnerr.  Again, the team he played on had a lot to do with it, and there is an element of luck, but there is no metric we could ever come up that has Makar as the 43st best at anything…yet, here we are.  Makar clearly was not bothered by this “snub”, as he won the Norris, the Conn Smythe and the Stanley Cup in the same year.  

13. (Tie) Matthew Tkachuk: Calgary Flames, Right Wing: (#10 Regular Season)

117 Pure Cup Points, 106 Regular Season, 11 Playoff

Regular Season: 82 Games, 1.30 Cup Points per Game, 42 Goals, 62 Assists, 104 Points, +57, 20 Blocked Shots, 93 Hits, 41 Takeaways, 91 Giveaways, 13.5 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 12 Games, 4 Goals, 6 Assists, 10 Points, -6, 4 Blocked Shots, 14 Hits, 5 Takeaways, 17 Giveaways

With the 10th place tie in the Regular Season standings, the Flames have three players in the top ten, and two on the same line with Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau.  The line (with another player you will see shortly) was the most explosive in hockey, and Tkachuk shattered his previous high of 77 Points with 104.  He was third in Plus/Minus this year, and for the first time, made the top ten in Goals and Points.  Tkachuk earned Second Team All-Star honors for the first time in his career.

14. Nathan MacKinnon: Colorado Avalanche, Center (#24 Regular Season)

115 Pure Cup Points, 94 Regular Season, 21 Playoff

Regular Season: 65 Games, 1.45 Cup Points per Game, 32 Goals, 56 Assists, 88 Points, +22, 39 Blocked Shots, 68 Hits, 37 Takeaways, 56 Giveaways, 9.6 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 20 Games, 13 Goals, 11 Assists, 24 Points, +11, 12 Blocked Shots, 28 Hits, 14 Takeaways, 13 Giveaways

MacKinnon had his fourth of five NHL years where he had at least 85 Points and the career-Avalanche player and two-time Second Team All-Star is poised to crack three digits in Points over the next three NHL seasons.  Now, you can add Stanley Cup Champion to his resume, and he earned, leading all players in Goals (13), Power Play Goals (6) and Shots (117) in the playoffs.

15. Mikko Rantanen: Colorado Avalanche, Right Wing (#19 Regular Season)

114 Pure Cup Points, 100 Regular Season, 14 Playoff

Regular Season: 75 Games, 1.33 Cup Points per Game, 36 Goals, 56 Assists, 92 Points, +35, 43 Blocked Shots, 58 Hits, 48 Takeaways, 49 Giveaways, 10.5 Point Shares. 

Playoff: 20 Games, 5 Goals, 20 Assists, 25 Points, +3, 8 Blocked Shots, 35 Hits, 22 Takeaways, 5 Giveaways.

From Finland, Rantanen exceeded 90 Points for the first time this season, and he led the NHL in Power Play Goals On-Ice For (54).  While Rantanen set career-high in the Scoring stat lines, this was his first season where his Shot Percentage dipped below 15.  Rantanen played a large part in Colorado’s third Stanley Cup.

16. (Tie) David Pastrnak: Boston Bruins, Right Wing (#13 Regular Season)

113 Pure Cup Points, 104 Regular Season, 9 Playoff

Regular Season: 72 Games, 1.41 Cup Points per Game, 40 Goals, 37 Assists, 77 Points, +13, 14 Blocked Shots, 63 Hits, 36 Takeaways, 77 Giveaways, 9.6 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 7 Games, 3 Goals, 3 Assists, 6 Points, +1, 2 Blocked Shots, 18 Hits, 5 Takeaways, 7 Giveaways

The Boston Bruins and Czech Republic get on the board with Pastrnak, whose stat line looks like he should be ten to twenty spots lower, but when the Bruins won this season, it was Pastrnak who was their top player.  Pastrnak is two years removed from winning the Rocket Richard Trophy and could win another in the future.

16. (Tie) Jonathan Huberdeau: Florida Panthers, Left Wing: (#8 Regular Season)

113 Pure Cup Points 113 Regular Season, 0 Playoff.

Regular Season: 80 Games, 1.41 Cup Points per Game, 30 Goals, 85 Assists, 115 Points, +35, 28 Blocked Shots, 99 Hits, 63 Takeaways, 85 Giveaways, 11.9 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 10 Games, 1 Goal, 4 Assists, 5 Points, +1, 5 Blocked Shots, 27 Hits, 3 Takeaways, 7 Giveaways

This season, Huberdeau destroyed the record for Left Wingers in Assists by 14, and he cracked the 100 Point plateau for the first time in his ten-year career.  This is also the first year that he led the NHL in any major category (Assists), and he set the Panthers single-season record for Points.  Huberdeau also tied for second in Points this year and he added to his trophy case with his second straight Second Team All-Star Selection.  He also finished fifth for the Hart, but notably had zero Cup Points in the Playoffs, reflecting his poor post-season performance.

18. Juuse Saros: Nashville Predators, Goalie: (#9 Regular Season)

112 Pure Cup Points, 112 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 67 Games, 1.67 Cup Points per Game, 38 Wins, 25 Losses, 3 Ties/Overtime Losses, .918 Save Percentage, 2.64 Goals Against Average, 13.8 Goalie Point Shares

Playoffs: 6 Games, 2 Wins, 4 Losses, .921 Save Percentage, 2.78 Goals Against Average

Saros led the NHL this year in Point Shares while also logging the most minutes of any Goalie (3,931).  This is arguably Saros’ best year to date, and he is the highest Scandinavian player in regards to Cup Points.  An All-Star for the first time, Saros may not have finished in the top ten in GAA, but his Save Percentage was, and he was the workhorse of the year, not just for Nashville but for the entire league.  He did not have any Cup Points in the Playoffs, but did finish third for the Vezina.

19. Artemi Panarin: New York Rangers, Left Wing (#15 Regular Season)

108 Pure Cup Points, 102 Regular Season, 6 Playoff.

Regular Season: 75 Games, 1.36 Cup Points per Game, 22 Goals, 74 Assists, 96 Points, +21, 14 Blocked Shots, 22 Hits, 56 Takeaways, 71 Giveaways, 9.8 Point Shares. 

Playoff: 20 Games, 6 Goals, 10 Assists, 18 Points, -5, 10 Blocked Shots, 8 Hits, 16 Takeaways, 43 Giveaways

Panarin is in his seventh NHL season, and this year, he broke his single-season Point mark by one, and was fourth in Assists.  The former Calder Trophy winner was the Ranger’s highest scorer, and he scored 20 for the Rangers in this year’s playoffs.

20. Mika Zibanejad: New York Rangers, Center: (#42 Regular Season)

105 Pure Cup Points, 84 Regular Season, 21 Playoff

Regular Season: 81 Games, 1.04 Cup Points per Game, 29 Goals, 52 Assists, 81 Points, +30, 47 Blocked Shots, 67 Hits, 62 Takeaways, 58 Giveaways, 9.2 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 20 Games, 10 Goals, 14 Assists, 24 Points, Even, 11 Blocked Shots, 24 Hits, 17 Takeaways, 13 Giveaways

The now 11-year veteran cracked 80 Points for the first time, though his PPG was lower than last season’s COVID-shortened year.  Zibanejad was tenth in Power Play Goals with 15, and had an outstanding post-season.

22. Mitch Marner: Toronto Maple Leafs, Right Wing (#21 Regular Season)

104 Pure Cup Points, 97 Regular Season, 7 Playoff

Regular Season: 72 Games, 1.25 Cup Points per Game, 35 Goals, 62 Assists, 97 Points, +23, 35 Blocked Shots, 101 Hits, 67 Takeaways, 47 Giveaways, 10.6 Point Shares. 

Playoff: 7 Games, 2 Goals, 6 Assists, 8 Points, +3, 5 Blocked Shots, 10 Hits, 7 Takeaways, 1 Giveaway. 

Marner was a First Team All-Star last year, and the six-year pro has proven himself as a secondary star on a loaded Toronto squad.  Marner set personal bests in Goals and Points, and was eighth this year in Assists per Game (0.86).

22. Victor Hedman: Tampa Bay Lightning, Defense:  (#36 Regular Season)

103 Pure Cup Points, 87 Regular Season, 16 Playoffs

Regular Season: 82 Games, 1.06 Cup Points per Game, 20 Goals, 65 Assists, 85 Points, +26, 129 Blocked Shots, 94 Hits, 52 Takeaways, 56 Giveaways, 13.5 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 23 Games, 3 Goals, 16 Assists, 19 Points, +2, 42 Blocked Shots, 36 Hits, 6 Takeaways, 23 Giveaways

Hey, we said we have to do some tweaks going forward into next year in regards to blueliners!  Victor Hedman is on a five-year streak of being chosen for the post-season All-Star Teams, and he will get his sixth this year.  The former Norris Trophy and Conn Smythe winner, scored the most Points of his career in 2021/22, and amassed more Win Shares than he did in his Norris-winning year.  Hedman was named a Second Team All-Star and was a large part of Tampa third consecutive Stanley Cup Finals.

23. (Tie) Filip Forsberg: Nashville Predators, Center (#16 Regular Season)

101 Pure Cup Points, 101 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 69 Games, 1.48 Cup Points per Game, 42 Goals, 42 Assists, 84 Points, +12, 48 Blocked Shots, 112 Hits, 53 Takeaways, 56 Giveaways, 10.2 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 4 Games, 1 Goal, 0 Assists, 1 Point, -1, 6 Blocked Shots, 8 Hits, 8 Takeaways, 0 Giveaways

Forsberg overtook David Legwand as the all-time Predators leading scorer, doing so when he posted career-highs in Goals, Assists and Points.  The Swedish Center finished ninth in Goals and Even Strength Goals, with a fifth-place finish in Goals per Game.

23. (Tie) Andrei Svechnikov: Carolina Hurricanes, Right Wing: (26. Regular Season)

101 Pure Cup Points, 92 Regular Season, 9 Playoff

Regular Season: 78 Games, 1.18 Cup Points per Game, 30 Goals, 39 Assists, 69 Points, +19, 15 Blocked Shots, 189 Hits, 44 Takeaways, 72 Giveaways, 7.9 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 14 Games, 4 Goals, 1 Assist, 5 Points, -1, 6 Blocked Shots, 52 Hits, 9 Takeaways, 17 Giveaways. 

The Second Overall Pick from 2018, Svechnikov continues his gradual improvement, not only in Points, but also in Hits, finishing with 189.  Still, a streaky player, Svechnikov had man games for the talented Canes squad where he was their top performer, but at age 22, he still has room to grow to become a more rounded player.

23. (Tie) Sebastian Aho: Carolina Hurricanes, Center & Left Wing: (#34 Regular Season)

101 Pure Cup Points, 88 Regular Season, 13 Playoffs.

Regular Season: 79 Games, 1.11 Cup Points per Game, 37 Goals, 44 Assists, 81 Points, +18, 23 Blocked Shots, 76 Hits, 68 Takeaways, 56 Giveaways, 9.4 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 11 Games, 4 Goals, 7 Assists, 11 Points, Even, 12 Blocked Shots, 23 Hits, 17 Takeaways, 12 Giveaways. 

In Aho’s sixth season, Aho posted his second 80-Point plus year, but had his best power play year with 28 Points on the advantage, his current high.  Aho went to his second All-Star Game this year, and also had a career-best nine Game-Winning Goals. 

25. (Tie) William Nylander: Toronto Maple Leafs, Center: (#26 Regular Season.

101 Pure Cup Points, 92 Regular Season, 9 Playoff.

Regular Season: 81 Games, 1.14 Cup Points per Game, 34 Goals, 46 Assists, 80 Points, -9, 30 Blocked Shots, 19 Hits, 59 Takeaways, 33 Giveaways, 7.8 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 7 Games, 3 Goals, 4 Assists, 7 Points, +1, 3 Blocked Shots, 4 Hits, 2 Takeaways, 0 Giveaways

Nylander has never been known for his two-way play, but there are other players with the Maple Leafs who can accomplish that, freeing Nylander to focus on what he does best.  He set personal records in Goals, Assists, Points and is coming off the most usage of his career, though Nylander is in a system that benefits his style.

25. (Tie) J.T. Miller: Vancouver Canucks, Center (#16 Regular Season)

101 Pure Cup Points, 101 Regular Season, 0 Playoff.

Regular Season: 80 Games, 1.26 Cup Points per Game, 32 Goals, 67 Assists, 99 Points, +15, 56 Blocked Shots, 172 Hits, 55 Takeaways, 62 Giveaways, 10.6 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

Like the player below he is tied below with, Miller is the highest ranked Cup Point player on a team that failed to make the playoffs.  This was the best year of Miller’s career, and he was easily the top skater for the Canucks, and he finished the campaign sixth in Assists and tenth in Points.  

25. (Tie) Kyle Connor: Winnipeg Jets, Left Wing (#16 Regular Season)

101 Pure Cup Points, 101 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 79 Games, 1.28 Cup Points per Game, 47 Goals, 46 Assists, 93 Points, -3, 23 Blocked Shots, 32 Hits, 66 Takeaways, 47 Giveaways, 10.5 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

Tied with Miller above, both skaters were unable to will their teams to the playoffs, though Connor is the first to have a negative Plus/Minus.  Considering Winnipeg allowed more Goals than they scored, and were constantly outshot, Connor’s -3 does not penalize him by much.  Connor also went to his first All-Star Game this year, and finished the year second in Even Strength Goals (36), fifth in Goals and sixth in Game-Winning Goals (9).

29. (Tie) Brad Marchand: Boston Bruins, Left Wing: (#40 Regular Season)

100 Pure Cup Points, 85 Regular Season, 15 Playoff

Regular Season: 70 Games, 1.21 Cup Points per Game, 32 Goals, 48 Assists, 80 Points, +16, 20 Blocked Shots, 78 Hits, 40 Takeaways, 62 Giveaways, 9.2 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 70 Games, 4 Goals,7 Assists, 11 Points, +3, 4 Blocked Shots, 13 Hits, 3 Takeaways, 3 Giveaway

Marchand was named a post-season All-Star four of the last five years with the Left Wing making the 80-Point mark for the fifth time.  This is his 13th year in the NHL.  

29. Roope Hintz: Dallas Stars, Left Wing (#23 Regular Season)

100 Pure Cup Points, 96 Regular Season, 4 Playoff.

Regular Season: 80 Games, 1.25 Cup Points per Game, 37 Goals, 35 Assists, 72 Points, +15, 53 Blocked Shots, 82 Hits, 24 Takeaways, 49 Giveaways, 8.8 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 6 Games, 2 Goals, 2 Assists, 4 Points, +3, 5 Blocked Shots, 11 Hits, 1 Takeaway, 4 Giveaways

As good as Dallas were this year, there was no breakaway player, thus leading Hintz to have a rank this high.  The Finnish forward was on the Stars top line and was a clutch performer throughout the year.

29. (Tie) Aleksander Barkov: Florida Panthers, Center: (#26 Regular Season)

100 Pure Cup Points, 92 Regular Season, 8 Playoff

Regular Season: 67 Games, 1.37 Cup Points per Game, 39 Goals, 49 Assists, 88 Points, +36, 42 Blocked Shots, 50 Hits, 59 Takeaways, 51 Giveaways, 10.6 Point Shares. 

Playoff: 10 Games, 2 Goals, 5 Assists, 7 Points, +3, 7 Blocked Shots, 15 Hits, 10 Takeaways, 3 Giveaways

A special under-the-radar player due to playing on a low-profile team, Barkov is a former Lady Byng and Selke Winner, while finishing eighth in Goals per Game (0.58).  Jonathan Huberdeau took a few of Barkov’s Cup Points away, and playing 67 Games also cost him a potential top ten finish.  Barkov finished third in Selke voting.

32. (Tie) Roman Josi: Nashville Predators, Defense (#20 Regular Season

99 Pure Cup Points, 99 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 80 Games, 1.24 Cup Points per Game, 23 Goals, 73 Assists, 96 Points, +13, 133 Blocked Shots, 66 Hits, 48 Takeaways, 71 Giveaways, 13.9 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 4 Games, 1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points, -3, 10 Blocked Shots, 7 Hits, 1 Takeaway, 2 Giveaways.

NIHOF Cup Points are far easier for Forwards than Defenseman, and where Josi fell, tells us that for next year we have to tweak this for Blueliners.  Josi should be the highest ranked Defenseman, and the former Norris Trophy winner should win it again this year, though the advanced metrics show that while Josi’s offense has never been better, this was not close to his best pure defensive season.  He finished second in Norris Trophy voting to Colorado’s Cale Makar, and was a First Team All-Star for the second time in his career.

32. (Tie) Alex DeBrincat: Chicago Blackhawks, Right Wing (#20 Regular Season

99 Cup Points, 82 Games, 1.21 Cup Points per Game, 41 Goals, 37 Assists, 78 Points, -13, 35 Blocked Shots, 101 Hits, 67 Takeaways, 47 Giveaways, 8.4 Point Shares. 

While it isn’t really DeBrincat’s team, in terms of talent, we can argue that Chicago WAS his team.  The native of Michigan went to his first All-Star Game this year, and he matched his 41 Goals from his 2018-19 sophomore season.  While he is already a very good player, DeBrincat could go to another level next season, but if he does so, it will be as an Ottawa Senator.

31. (Tie) Vladimir Tarasenko: St. Louis Blues, Right Wing: (#31 Regular Season)

91 Pure Cup Points, 91 Regular Season, 8 Playoff

Regular Season: 75 Games, 1.21 Cup Points per Game, 34 Goals, 48 Assists, 82 Points, +7, 45 Blocked Shots, 83 Hits, 17 Takeaways, 31 Giveaways, 8.9 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 12 Games, 6 Goals, 3 Assists, 9 Points, -2, 3 Blocked Shots, 21 Hits, 6 Takeaways, 5 Giveaways

Tarasenko asked to be traded at the start of the season due to his frustration on how the club handled his shoulder issues, but he remained a Blue the whole year, and St. Louis’ top player, and his team’s highest in Cup Points.  The Russian Right Wing posted a career-high 82 Points.

35. Nazem Kadri: Colorado Avalanche, Center (#44 Regular Season)

98 Pure Cup Points, 81 Regular Season, 17 Playoff

Regular Season: 71 Games, 1.14 Cup Points per Game, 28 Goals, 59 Assists, 87 Points, +13, 19 Blocked Shots, 52 Hits, 36 Takeaways, 34 Giveaways, 8.8 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 16 Games, 7 Goals, 8 Assists, 15 Points, +7, 5 Blocked Shots, 20 Hits, 7 Takeaways, 5 Giveaways. 

In his 13th NHL year, Kadri had his best NHL year, a skyrocket above from what he ever accomplished and based on his age (31), it is unlikely he will exceed this.  Regardless of whether he does or doesn’t, Kadri now can say that he was an NHL All-Star, and that is one damned sweet place to be in.  In the playoffs, Kadri was the focal point of the team, and he was instrumental in the Avalanche’s Stanley Cup win.

36. (Tie) Frederik Andersen: Carolina Hurricanes, Goalie: (#25 Regular Season)

93 Pure Cup Points, 93 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

93 Cup Points, 52 Games, 1.79 Cup Points per Game, 35 Wins, 14 Losses, 3 Ties/Overtime Losses, .922 Save Percentage, 2.17 Goals Against Average, 10.1 Goalie Point Shares

No Playoff Games

Andersen is in his first year in Carolina, with him earing his first All-Star Game appearance.  The balanced Hurricanes team has a netminder this year that could potentially take his squad to another level.  Finishing fourth in Vezina voting, and the winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy, Andersen was injured and was unable to participate in the playoffs.

37. (Tie) Sidney Crosby: Pittsburgh Penguins, Center: (#36 Regular Season)

93 Pure Cup Points, 87 Regular Season, 6 Playoff

Regular Season: 69 Games, 1.26 Cup Points per Game, 31 Goals, 53 Assists, 84 Points, +19, 37 Blocked Shots, 50 Hits, 34 Takeaways, 54 Giveaways, 9.3 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 6 Games, 2 Goals, 8 Assists, 10 Points, +12, 6 Blocked Shots, 3 Hits, 9 Takeaways, 7 Giveaways,

Doesn’t this rank seem strange?  Sidney Crosby missed the first few games of the season, and he started off slow when he did get on the ice, resulting him (and rightfully so) not making the All-Star Game, but his second half was really good, and it felt like every week in the last two months, he climbed more this more than anyone else.  The Hart Trophy days of Crosby is behind him, but he is still a great player.  Notably, he joined the 500 Goal and 1,400 Point clubs this year, and again led his club in Points, though was tied with Jake Guentzel who had more Goals (40).

38. (Tie) Kevin Fiala: Minnesota Wild, Left Wing: (#26 Regular Season)

92 Pure Cup Points, 92 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 82 Games, 1.12 Cup Points per Game, 33 Goals, 52 Assists, 85 Points, +23, 21 Blocked Shots, 52 Hits, 38 Takeaways, 54 Giveaways, 9.1 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 6 Games, 0 Goals, 3 Assists, 3 Points, -5, 1 Blocked Shot, 1 Hit, 3 Takeaways, 3 Giveaways. 

A special under-the-radar player due to playing on a low-profile team, Barkov is a former Lady Byng and Selke Winner, while finishing eighth in Goals per Game (0.58).  Jonathan Huberdeau took a few of Barkov’s Cup Points away, and playing 67 Games also cost him a potential top ten finish.

38. (Tie) Jake Guentzel: Pittsburgh Penguins, Center (#45 Regular Season)

92 Pure Cup Points, 80 Regular Season, 12 Playoffs

Regular Season: 76 Games, 1.05 Cup Points per Game, 40 Goals, 44 Assists, 84 Points, +13, 38 Blocked Shots, 72 Hits, 41 Takeaways, 23 Giveaways, 9.7 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 7 Games, 8 Goals, 2 Assists, 10 Points, +1, 4 Blocked Shots, 2 Hits, 5 Takeaways, 5 Giveaways. 

Guentzel had a 40-Goal season three years ago, and with the technicality of Goal differential would lead Pittsburgh in scoring this year.  The Center finished the year fifth in Even Strength Goals with 33.  

38. (Tie) Timo Meier: San Jose Sharks, Right Wing: (#26 Regular Season)

92 Pure Cup Points, 92 Regular Season, 0 Playoff.

Regular Season: 77 Games, 1.20 Cup Points per Game, 35 Goals, 41 Assists, 76 Points, -3, 61 Blocked Shots, 152 Hits, 49 Takeaways, 53 Giveaways, 8.5 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

The San Jose Sharks and the growing nation of Switzerland crack the board with Meier having his best year to date, and making his first All-Star Game.  Meier also made history this year as the first Shark to score five Goals in a Game.

38. (Tie) Pavel Buchnevich: St. Louis Blues, Left Wing: (#36 Regular Season)

92 Pure Cup Points, 87 Regular Season, 5 Playoffs

Regular Season: 73 Games, 1.19 Cup Points per Game, 30 Goals, 46 Assists, 76 Points, +29, 15 Blocked Shots, 57 Hits, 46 Takeaways, 41 Giveaways, 8.6 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 12 Games, 1 Goal, 10 Assists, 11 Points, -3, 9 Blocked Shots, 23 Hits, 8 Takeaways, 4 Giveaways

A New York Ranger for the first five seasons of his career, Pavel Buchnevich had his best year to date, setting career-highs in Goals, Assists and Points, and averaged over a Point per Game for the first time in his career.

42. (Tie) Gabriel Landeskog: Colorado Avalanche, Left Wing (#58 Regular Season)

91 Pure Cup Points, 70 Regular Season, 21 Playoff.

Regular Season: 51 Games, 1.37 Cup Points per Game, 30 Goals, 29 Assists, 59 Points, +27, 34 Blocked Shots, 94 Hits, 17 Takeaways, 29 Giveaways, 7.5 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 20 Games, 11 Goals, 11 Assists, 22 Points, +15, 22 Blocked Shots, 66 Hits, 18 Takeaways, 16 Giveaways

Landeskog posted his best PPG this year and he showcased a deep Colorado team.  He missed a few games due to injury and concluded the year seventh in Goals per Game and was eighth in Shooting Percentage.  Landeskog had a strong post-season, leading everyone in Plus/Minus (+15), and maintained a PPG average en route to his first Stanley Cup.

43. Jason Robertson: Dallas Stars, Left Wing: (#32 Regular Season)

90 Pure Cup Points, 90 Regular Season, 0 Playoff.

Regular Season: 74 Games, 1.22 Cup Points per Game, 41 Goals, 38 Assists, 79 Points, +16, 24 Blocked Shots, 50 Hits, 48 Takeaways, 50 Giveaways, 10.0 Point Shares. 

Playoff: 7 Games, 1 Goal, 3 Assists, 4 Points, +3, 3 Blocked Shots, 5 Hits, 3 Takeaways, 6 Giveaways

Last year’s runner up for the Calder to Kirill Kaprisov, Jason Robertson is the first Dallas Star on the list, and pardon the pun, one of the game’s fastest rising star.  Robertson became the first player in Dallas history to have hat tricks in back-to-back games, and he had a share of the league-lead in Game Winning Goals (11).

44. Ilya Sorokin: New York Islanders, Goalie: (#33 Regular Season)

89 Cup Points, 52 Games, 1.71 Cup Points per Game, 26 Wins, 18 Losses, 8 Ties/Overtime Losses, .925 Save Percentage, 2.40 Goals Against Average, 12.0 Goalie Point Shares

Playoffs: 7 Games, 4 Wins, 1 Loss .922 Save Percentage, 2.79 Goals Against Average

A five-time KHL All-Star and now an NHL sophomore, Sorokin had a really good year, albeit on a team that treaded water.  The Islander with the most Cup Points, Sorokin was second in Save Percentage, fourth in GAA, and eighth in Goalie Point Shares.  If New York had better horses in front of Sorokin, he is capable of taking the Isles in a deep playoff run.

45. Brady Tkachuk: Ottawa Senators, Left Wing: (#34 Regular Season)

88 Pure Cup Points, 88 Regular Season, 0 Playoff.

Regular Season: 79 Games, 1.11 Cup Points per Game, 30 Goals, 37 Assists, 67 Points, -7, 25 Blocked Shots, 270 Hits, 41 Takeaways, 68 Giveaways, 7.1 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

This is the perfect example of how you can accumulate Cup Points on a bad team, when you are one of the few scorers, as Brady Tkachuk’s 67 Points do not seem like he should be this high, but when Ottawa did score, chances were that Tkachuk would be around it.  The fact that he amassed 270 Hits this year, also helped him.  This is his best season to date of his four-year career, Tkachuk was Ottawa’s highest Cup Point getter.

46. (Tie) Darcy Kuemper: Colorado Avalanche, Goalie: (#53 Regular Season)

87 Pure Cup Points, 74 Regular Season, 13 Playoff

Regular Season: 57 Games, 1.30 Cup Points per Game, 37 Wins, 12 Losses, 4 Ties/Overtime Losses, .921 Save Percentage, 2.54 Goals Against Average, 12.1 Goalie Point Shares

Playoffs: 16 Games, 10 Wins, 4 Losses, .902 Save Percentage, 2.57 Goals Against Average.

This was Kuemper’s only year with the Avalanche, and it has yielded his best year to date.  Kuemper was fourth in Wins and fifth in Save Percentage.  He was also sixth in Goalie Point Shares.  Kuemper had a very good playoff, helping the Avalanche win their third Stanley Cup, but he now joins the Washington Capitals for the next season.

46. Adrian Kempe: Los Angeles Kings, Left Wing (#43 Regular Season)

87 Pure Cup Points, 82 Regular Season, 5 Playoff

Regular Season: 78 Games, 1.05 Cup Points per Game, 35 Goals, 19 Assists, 54 Points, -2, 28 Blocked Shots, 111 Hits, 34 Takeaways, 63 Giveaways, 6.5 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 7 Games, 2 Goals, 4 Assists, 6 Points, -5, 1 Blocked Shot, 13 Hits, 0 Takeaways, 7 Giveaways

Going into this year’s playoffs, the argument could be made that the Kings were the weakest post-season participant.  Nevertheless, Los Angeles made it, and Kempe was a large part of that with clutch performances that defy his stat line.

46. (Tie) Nikita Kucherov: Tampa Bay Lightning, Right Wing (#58 Regular Season)

87 Pure Cup Points, 70 Regular Season, 17 Playoff.

Regular Season: 47 Games, 1.49 Cup Points per Game, 25 Goals, 44 Assists, 69 Points, +1, 7 Blocked Shots, 32 Hits, 24 Takeaways, 37 Giveaways, 7.4 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 23 Games, 8 Goals, 19 Assists, 27 Points, +7, 3 Blocked Shots, 24 Hits, 17 Takeaways, 18 Giveaways

Injuries held Kucherov to 47 Games, limiting not only his Cup Points but preventing him from likely winning a fifth consecutive post-season All-Star.  A member of the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions, Kucherov won the 2019 Hart Trophy and Art Ross was second in Points Per Game this year (1.47).  He again had a good playoff, aiding the Lightning in their third consecutive Final.

49. Thatcher Demko: Vancouver Canucks, Goalie: (#49 Regular Season)

85 Pure Cup Points, 85 Regular Season, 0 Playoffs

Regular Season: 64 Games, 1.33 Cup Points per Game, 33 Wins, 22 Losses, 7 Ties/Overtime Losses, .915 Save Percentage, 2.72 Goals Against Average, 12.3 Goalie Point Shares

No Playoff Games.

Demko accumulated more Cup Points than any other Canuck and he went to his first All-Star Game as Vancouver’s undisputed starting Goalie.  He was ninth in Wins and fourth in Goalie Point Shares, and Demko gave us reason to think he can still improve.

50. (Tie) Adam Fox: New York Rangers, Defense (#67 Regular Season)

83 Pure Cup Points, 67 Regular Season, 16 Playoffs.

Regular Season: 78 Games, 0.86 Cup Points per Game, 11 Goals, 63 Assists, 74 Points, +18, 128 Blocked Shots, 30 Hits, 78 Takeaways, 58 Giveaways, 11.8 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 20 Games, 5 Goals, 16 Assists, 23 Points, +2, 39 Blocked Shots, 17 Hits, 25 Takeaways, 26 Giveaways. 

Yes, we know this is another example where Forwards have it much easier in Cup Points, especially when you look at the Goal/Assist differential of Fox.  Last year’s Norris Trophy winner, was tenth in Assists and was an All-Star for the first time.  Fox finished fifth this year for the Norris, and helped anchor New York to the Eastern Conference Finals.

51. Elias Lindholm: Calgary Flames, Center (#52 Regular Season)

82 Pure Cup Points, 75 Regular Season, 7 Playoff

Regular Season: 82 Games, 0.92 Cup Points per Game, 42 Goals, 40 Assists, 82 Points, +61, 52 Blocked Shots, 66 Hits, 55 Takeaways, 41 Giveaways, 11.3 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 12 Games, 5 Goals, 4 Assists, 9 Points, -7, 8 Blocked Shots, 27 Hits, 3 Takeaways, 8 Giveaways. 

The Cup Points of Lindholm was eaten by his linemates, but along with Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, Lindholm was one-third of the most productive trio of the NHL’s 2021-22 Regular Season.  This has to be the case, as Lindholm’s +61 was second overall, and his linemates rounded out the top three.  Hey, someone has to receive the lower portion of Cup Points when one line is electric!  Lindholm was also ninth in Goals and tied for sixth in Game-Winning Goals (9) this year.

52. (Tie) Marc-Andre Fleury: Chicago Blackhawks & Minnesota Wild, Goalie: (#46 Regular Season)

80 Pure Cup Points, 80 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 56 Games, 1.43 Cup Points per Game, 28 Wins, 23 Losses, 5 Ties/Overtime Losses, .908 Save Percentage, 2.90 Goals Against Average, 9.7 Goalie Point Shares.

Playoffs: 5 Games, 2 Wins, 3 Losses, .906 Save Percentage, 3.04 Goals Against Average

Fleury is the first player on this list to appear for two teams this year, and the veteran Goalie and three-time Stanley Cup Champion is enjoying a renaissance of sorts with the Wild after his trade from Chicago.  A title by Minnesota led by Fleury would be massive for his Hall of Fame chances.  Despite being in his late 30s, Fleury was eighth in Minutes logged by a Goalie.

52. (Tie) Tristan Jarry: Pittsburgh Penguins, Goalie: (#46 Regular Season)

80 Pure Cup Points, 80 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 58 Games, 1.38 Cup Points per Game, 34 Wins, 18 Losses, 6 Ties/Overtime Losses, .919 Save Percentage, 2.42 Goals Against Average, 11.5 Goalie Point Shares

Playoffs: 1 Game, 0 Wins, 0 Losses, .867 Save Percentage, 3.71 Goals Against Average.

Jarry has been the prime netminder for Pittsburgh for the last two years, and he was chosen for his second All-Star Game this year.  Jarry was sixth in both GAA and Save Percentage, and ninth in Goalie Point Shares.

54. Connor Hellebucyk: Winnipeg Jets, Goalie: (#49 Regular Season)

79 Pure Cup Points, 79 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

79 Cup Points, 66 Games, 1.20 Cup Points per Game, 29 Wins, 27 Losses, 10 Ties/Overtime Losses, .910 Save Percentage, 2.97 Goals Against Average, 12.5 Goalie Point Shares

No Playoff Games

The Winnipeg Jets may have finished the year with a winning record, but it felt like every game they were outshot, and considering that Hellebucyk led the NHL in Shots Against and Saves (both for the fourth straight year) says so much about his value to this team, even if they didn’t make the playoffs.  Hellebucyk was also second in Minutes Played. 

55. (Tie) Elvis Merzikins: Columbus Blue Jackets, Goalie: (#50 Regular Season)

77 Pure Cup Points, 77 Regular Season, 0 Playoff.

Regular Season: 59 Games, 1.35 Cup Points per Game, 27 Wins, 23 Losses, 7 Ties/Overtime Losses, .907 Save Percentage, 3.22 Goals Against Average, 10.6 Goalie Point Shares

No Playoff Games.

Columbus and the nation of Latvia have their first entrant with Merzlikins, who had to take on the lion’s share of his team’s competency.  Merzlikins finished fourth in Saves and tenth in Goalie Point Shares this year.

55. (Tie) Ryan Hartman: Minnesota Wild, Right Wing (#50 Regular Season)

77 Pure Cup Points, 77 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 82 Games, 0.94 Cup Points per Game, 34 Goals, 31 Assists, 65 Points, +31, 38 Blocked Shots, 72 Hits, 41 Takeaways, 23 Giveaways, 7.5 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 5 Games, 0 Goals, 5 Assists, 5 Points, Even, 5 Blocked Shots, 4 Hits, 2 Takeaways, 3 Giveaways

Hartman earns the distinction (is it?) of being the first on the list with a sub-one Cup Points per Game average, but someone had to be!  Hartman is an eight-year veteran and his 65 Points this year is more than twice than his previous best, but it is also the first time he averaged more than 16 Minutes of ice time per game.  Is Hartman’s year a fluke, or is he elevated by those around him?

57. (Tie) Jake Oettinger: Dallas Stars, Goalie (#101 Regular Season)

76 Pure Cup Points, 53 Regular Season, 23 Playoff

Regular Season: 48 Games, 1.10 Cup Points per Game, 30 Wins, 15 Losses, 1 Ties/Overtime Losses, .914 Save Percentage, 2.53 Goals Against Average, 8.4 Goalie Point Shares

Playoffs: 7 Games, 3 Wins, 4 Losses, .954 Save Percentage, 1.81 Goals Against Average.

In his sophomore season, Oettinger is now the top netminder for Dallas, and he proved his worth with a very strong post-season.  His .954 Save Percentage led all playoff Goalies.

57. (Tie) Jack Campbell: Toronto Maple Leafs, Goalie: (#58 Regular Season)

76 Pure Cup Points, 70 Regular Season, 6 Playoff

Regular Season: 49 Games, 1.43 Cup Points per Game, 31 Wins, 9 Losses, 6 Ties/Overtime Losses, .914 Save Percentage, 2.64 Goals Against Average, 8.8 Goalie Point Shares

Playoffs: 7 Games, 3 Wins, 4 Losses, .897 Save Percentage, 3.15 Goals Against Average.

Campbell struggled a bit in the second half of the season, but this is the best year to date for the American-born Goalie who was an All-Star for the first time at the age of 30.  He finished the season sixth in GAA and ninth in Save Percentage.  After failing to get out of the first round (where Campbell was not great), Campbell signed with the Edmonton Oilers in the off-season.

59. (Tie) Patrice Bergeron: Boston Bruins, Center (#63 Regular Season)

75 Pure Cup Points, 68 Regular Season, 7 Playoff.

Regular Season: 73 Games, 0.93 Cup Points per Game, 25 Goals, 40 Assists, 65 Points, +26, 45 Blocked Shots, 78 Hits, 37 Takeaways, 14 Giveaways, 7.5 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 7 Games, 3 Goals, 4 Assists, 7 Points, +3, 5 Blocked Shots, 15 Hits, 3 Takeaways, 2 Giveaways,

Bergeron has already accomplished so much as a Stanley Cup Champion, four-time Selke winner and last year’s Mark Messier Leadership Award winner, but he has a lot left as shown by doing this year what he has always done for the last fifteen.

60. (Tie) Tage Thompson: Buffalo Sabres, Center (#53 Regular Season)

74 Pure Cup Points, 74 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

74 Cup Points, 78 Games, 0.95 Cup Points per Game, 38 Goals, 30 Assists, 68 Points, -17, 25 Blocked Shots, 66 Hits, 49 Takeaways, 42 Giveaways, 7.7 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games.

You could argue that if the NHL had a Most Improved Player Award that Thompson could have won it.  Thompson exploded in his new role as a top player with stats that dwarfed anything he did before, and the future will tell us if he is just the beneficiary of more ice time or the real deal.

60. (Tie) Jonathan Marchessault: Vegas Golden Knights, Center (#53 Regular Season)

74 Pure Cup Points, 74 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 76 Games, 0.97 Cup Points per Game, 30 Goals, 36 Assists, 66 Points, +3, 17 Blocked Shots, 61 Hits, 38 Takeaways, 46 Giveaways, 7.2 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

The Golden Knights shot out of a cannon since they came into existence, and although they missed this year’s post-season, it was a surprise to us that it took this long until a Vegas player made this list.  Marchessault is a good player, but the fact that he was first amongst his teammates, might show why the Knights were not a playoff team, as he just isn’t that player.

62. Sergei Bobrovsky: Florida Panthers, Goalie: (#71 Regular Season)

73 Pure Cup Points, 64 Regular Season, 9 Playoff

Regular Season: 54 Games, 1.19 Cup Points per Game, 39 Wins, 7 Losses, 3 Ties/Overtime Losses, .913 Save Percentage, 2.67 Goals Against Average, 9.4 Goalie Point Shares

Playoffs: 10 Games, 4 Wins, 6 Losses, .911 Save Percentage, 2.76 Goals Against Average,

Bobrovsky led the NHL in Wins, and while he was really good, many of them were the result of the potent lineup ahead of him.  He won two Vezina Trophies when he was a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and this year he was on the team that won the President’s Trophy as the squad that had the most Points in the Regular Season.

62. (Tie) Matt Duchene: Nashville Predators, Center (#56 Regular Season)

73 Pure Cup Points, 73 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 78 Games, 0.94 Cup Points per Game, 43 Goals, 43 Assists, 86 Points, +6, 28 Blocked Shots, 31 Hits, 31 Takeaways, 77 Giveaways, 9.9 Point Shares. 

Playoff Games:  4 Games, 3 Goals, 1 Assist, 4 Points, +1, 3 Blocked Shots, 9 Hits, 7 Takeaways, 1 Giveaway

Matt Duchene had his greatest statistical year in 2021/22, posting his first 40-Goal and 80-Point year in the National Hockey League.  Duchene was eighth in Goals and third in Power Play Goals (16), and it will be fascinating to see if the Forward can maintain this level next year.

64. (Tie) Troy Terry: Anaheim Ducks, Center & Right Wing (#57 Regular Season)

72 Pure Cup Points, 72 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 75 Games, 0.96 Cup Points per Game, 37 Goals, 30 Assists, 67 Points, -11, 27 Blocked Shots, 6 Hits, 35 Takeaways, 4 Giveaways, 7.6 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games.

Troy Terry is an All-Star for the first time this year, but his lack of physical game shows him as more of a finesse player, though he obliterated his traditional stats from last year (67 Points from 20). Terry will likely have more potent years in the future, but he needs a team around him to do what he cannot.  Notably, Terry has the most Cup Points this year of any Duck.

64. (Tie) Evander Kane, Edmonton Oilers, Left Wing (#115)

72 Pure Cup Points, 49 Regular Season, 22 Playoff

Regular Season: 43 Games, 1.14 Cup Points per Game, 22 Goals, 17 Assists, 39 Points, +25, 11 Blocked Shots, 135 Hits, 16 Takeaways, 27 Giveaways, 5.3 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 15 Games, 13 Goals, 4 Assists, 17 Points, +2, 6 Blocked Shots, 73 Hits, 3 Takeaways, 11 Giveaways

What a bizarre year for Kane, who went from faking a vaccine card as a San Jose Shark, to becoming the spark plug that the Oilers needed to make the playoffs and reach the Western Conference Final.  Kane’s performance in both the regular season, and the playoffs might have resurrected his career.

66. Joe Pavelski: Dallas Stars, Center (#80 Regular Season)

70 Pure Cup Points, 61 Regular Season, 9 Playoff

Regular Season: 82 Games, 0.74 Cup Points per Game, 27 Goals, 54 Assists, 81 Points, +11, 69 Blocked Shots, 104 Hits, 35 Takeaways, 44 Giveaways, 8.5 Point Shares

Playoffs: 7 Games, 3 Goals, 3 Assists, 6 Points, +2, 10 Blocked Shots, 14 Hits, 3 Takeaways, 9 Giveaways. 

Now a 16-year veteran, Pavelski broke 80 Points for the first time in his career, and is now 76 Points away from 1,000.  He also made his fourth All-Star Game this year, and while he is unlikely to make the Hockey Hall of Fame, he is one of a rare breed of hockey players whose second half appears to be better than his first.

66. (Tie) Anze Kopitar: Los Angeles Kings, Center (#58 Regular Season)

70 Pure Cup Points, 70 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 81 Games, 0.86 Cup Points per Game, 19 Goals, 48 Assists, 67 Points, -6, 71 Blocked Shots, 72 Hits, 48 Takeaways, 30 Giveaways, 5.7 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 7 Games, 1 Goal, 3 Assists, 4 Points, -6, 12 Blocked Shots, 14 Hits, 3 Takeaways, 4 Giveaways.

Kopitar is in the latter half of his career, but is still a productive two-way player who will likely receive some votes for the Selke.  He is a former Lady Byng and two-time Selke winner and has two Stanley Cup Rings.

68. John Gibson: Anaheim Ducks, Goalie: (#62 Regular Game)

Regular Season: 56 Games, 1.23 Cup Points per Game, 18 Wins, 26 Losses, 11 Ties/Overtime Losses, .904 Save Percentage, 3.19 Goals Against Average, 9.2 Goalie Point Shares

No Playoff Games

The woes of the Ducks were not due to Gibson, who had another decent season, and was an All-Star for the third time.  Saying that, Gibson had better seasons in the past, and for the first time over his career, his GAA was over three, though he did not have the most competent defensive corps in front of him.

68. (Tie) Jonathan Quick: Los Angeles Kings, Goalie: (#81 Regular Season)

69 Pure Cup Points, 60 Regular Season, 9 Playoff

Regular Season: 46 Games, 1.30 Cup Points per Game, 23 Wins, 13 Losses, 9 Ties/Overtime Losses, .910 Save Percentage, 2.59 Goals Against Average, 7.4 Goalie Point Shares

Playoffs: 7 Games, 3 Wins, 4 Losses, .904 Save Percentage, 3.43 Goals Against Average.

Quick turned back the clock with his best season over the past four years, and was more effective as the season went on, leading the Kings back to the playoffs.

68. (Tie) Robert Thomas: St. Louis Blues, Center (#67 Regular Season)

69 Pure Cup Points, 67 Regular, 2 Playoff

Regular Season: 72 Games, 0.93 Cup Points per Game, 20 Goals, 57 Assists, 77 Points, +17, 25 Blocked Shots, 13 Hits, 60 Takeaways, 50 Giveaways, 7.3 Point Shares.

Playoffs: 12 Games, 2 Goals, 4 Assists, 6 Points, -6, 9 Blocked Shots, 14 Hits, 11 Takeaways, 8 Giveaways

A Stanley Cup Champion as a rookie in 2019, Thomas broke out this year by nearly doubling his previous Points output (42).  Thomas is not likely to win the Lady Byng, but we expect that this will be the first season that he will receive votes for it.

68. (Tie) Jordan Kyrou: St. Louis Blues, Center (#72 Regular Season)

69 Pure Cup Points, 63 Regular Season, 6 Playoff

Regular Season: 74 Games, 0.85 Cup Points per Game, 27 Goals, 48 Assists, 75 Points, +10, 23 Blocked Shots, 6 Hits, 36 Takeaways, 32 Giveaways, 7.8 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 12 Games, 7 Goals, 2 Assists, 9 Points, -4, 2 Blocked Shots, 7 Hits, 15 Takeaways, 4 Giveaways

Kyrou became a top scoring option for the Blues this year, and should be for years to come.  He is one of the cleanest players in hockey.

72. Brock Nelson: New York Islanders, Center (#63 Regular Season)

68 Pure Cup Points, 68 Regular Season, 0 Playoffs

Regular Season: 72 Games, 0.95 Cup Points per Game, 37 Goals, 22 Assists, 59 Points, -5, 43 Blocked Shots, 31 Hits, 49 Takeaways, 43 Giveaways, 7.4 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

59 Points might not seem like a lot, but it was enough to make Nelson the highest scorer for the Islanders.  The nine-year veteran exceeded 50 Points for the third time in his career.

73. (Tie) Vince Trocheck: Carolina Hurricanes, Center (#93 Regular Season)

67 Pure Cup Points, 55 Regular Season, 12 Playoffs

Regular Season: 81 Games, 0.68 Cup Points per Game, 21 Goals, 30 Assists, 51 Points, +21, 46 Blocked Shots, 85 Hits, 50 Takeaways, 42 Giveaways, 5.3 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 81 Games, 6 Goals, 4 Assists, 10 Points, +7, 9 Blocked Shots, 33 Hits, 12 Takeaways, 16 Giveaways

This is the first 50-Point year of Trocheck’s career since the 2017/18 campaign.  After a good playoff, Trocheck signed with the New York Rangers.

73. (Tie) Valeri Nichuskin: Colorado Avalanche, Right Wing (#107 Regular Season)

67 Pure Cup Points, 51 Regular Season, 16 Playoffs

Regular Season: 62 Games, 0.82 Cup Points per Game, 25 Goals, 27 Assists, 52 Points, +21, 27 Blocked Shots, 89 Hits, 38 Takeaways, 24 Giveaways, 5.9 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 20 Games, 9 Goals, 6 Assists, 15 Points, +6, 7 Blocked Shots, 51 Hits, 17 Takeaways, 5 Giveaways

Nichuskin broke the 50 Point threshold for the first time, and had a solid layoff helping Colorado win the Stanley Cup.

73. (Tie) Cam Talbot: Minnesota Wild, Goalie: (#65 Regular Season)

67 Pure Cup Points, 67 Regular Season, 0 Playoffs.

Regular Season: 49 Games, 1.39 Cup Points per Game, 32 Wins, 12 Losses, 4 Ties/Overtime Losses, .911 Save Percentage, 2.76 Goals Against Average, 8.8 Goalie Point Shares

Playoffs: 1 Game, 0 Wins, 1 Loss, .846 Save Percentage, 4.15 Goals Against Average

The Wild have two Goalies on the top 100, though Marc-Andre Fleury spent most of the season with Chicago.  Talbot was solid, but he entered the playoffs as the back-up to Fleury, after missing a lot of games due to injury.

73. (Tie) Elias Pettersson: Vancouver Canucks, Center (#65 Regular Season)

67 Pure Cup Points, 67 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 80 Games, 0.84 Cup Points per Game, 32 Goals, 36 Assists, 68 Points, +1, 43 Blocked Shots, 49 Hits, 56 Takeaways, 39 Giveaways, 7.4 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

Pettersson is three years removed from his Calder Trophy where he had a 66-Point year.  This season, Pettersson increased that to 68, with his first 30-plus Goal year.

77. (Tie) David Perron: St. Louis Blues, Right Wing (#112 Regular Season)

66 Pure Cup Points, 50 Regular Season, 16 Playoff

Regular Season: 67 Games, 0.85 Cup Points per Game, 27 Goals, 30 Assists, 57 Points, +8, 11 Blocked Shots, 80 Hits, 37 Takeaways, 18 Giveaways, 8.1 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 12 Games, 9 Goals, 4 Assists, 13 Points, +10, 5 Blocked Shots, 16 Hits, 10 Takeaways, 5 Giveaways 

Perron won the Stanley Cup a few seasons ago, and though the Blues’ 2022 Playoff run was not a long one, Perron was phenomenal in the attempt to gain another ring.  He should eclipse 700 Points this upcoming year.

77. (Tie) Ondrej Palat: Tampa Bay Lighynong, Left Wing (#112 Regular Season)

66 Pure Cup Points, 42 Regular Season, 24 Playoff

Regular Season: 77 Games, 0.55 Cup Points per Game, 18 Goals, 31 Assists, 49 Points, +15, 42 Blocked Shots, 124 Hits, 30 Takeaways, 25 Giveaways, 4.8 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 23 Games, 11 Goals, 10 Assists, 21 Points, +10, 19 Blocked Shots, 64 Hits, 19 Takeaways, 18 Giveaways 

Nobody climbed higher to make the top 100 in Pure Cup Points than Palat, who was sixth overall in Playoff Cup Points, and second among his teammates on the loaded Lightning team.  Palat joined New Jersey in the off-season, ending his 11-year run with the Lightning.

78. (Tie) Patrick Kane: Chicago Blackhawks, Right Wing (#67 Regular Season)

65 Pure Cup Points, 65 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 78 Games, 0.86 Cup Points per Game, 26 Goals, 66 Assists, 92 Points, -19, 26 Blocked Shots, 11 Hits, 42 Takeaways, 49 Giveaways, 8.1 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

Chicago seems so far removed from the days when they were Stanley Cup contenders, but Kane is still a good player, whose 92 Points are the third most of his career.  That is not as promising as it looks, as scoring is way up across the NHL, but he is was still seventh in Assists, though he is not the Goal scorer he once was.

78. (Tie) Dylan Larkin: Detroit Red Wings, Right Wing (#67 Regular Season)

65 Pure Cup Points, 65 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 71 Games, 0.94 Cup Points per Game, 31 Goals, 38 Assists, 69 Points, -18, 28 Blocked Shots, 76 Hits, 38 Takeaways, 42 Giveaways, 6.8 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

Finally, the Detroit Red Wings get on the board with Larkin, who became their Captain last year.  Larkin was one Point shy of 70, which would have been second 70-Point year, but he did make his second All-Star Game, his first since 2016.

81. (Tie) Teuvo Teravainen: Carolina Hurricanes, Right Wing (#101 Regular Season)

64 Pure Cup Points, 53 Regular Season, 11 Playoff

Regular Season: 77 Games, 0.69 Cup Points per Game, 22 Goals, 43 Assists, 65 Points, +22, 30 Blocked Shots, 15 Hits, 34 Takeaways, 52 Giveaways, 6.9 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 14 Games, 4 Goals, 7 Assists, 11 Points, +4, 6 Blocked Shots, 6 Hits, 10 Takeaways, 15 Giveaways

Teuvovainen has scored over 60 Points in four of his last five seasons, and he should be able to accrue more in the future.

81. (Tie) Claude Giroux: Philadelphia Flyers & Florida Panthers, Center (#98 Regular Season)

64 Pure Cup Points, 54 Regular Season, 10 Playoff

Regular Season: 75 Games, 0.72 Cup Points per Game, 21 Goals, 44 Assists, 65 Points, -5, 16 Blocked Shots, 48 Hits, 21 Takeaways, 26 Giveaways, 5.8 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 10 Games, 3 Goals, 5 Assists, 8 Points, +2, 2 Blocked Shots, 13 Hits, 7 Takeaways, 2 Giveaways

We finally have our first player who played for two teams, as Giroux, who appeared in an even 1,000 Games for Philadelphia was traded to the contending Panthers.  Giroux enters next season playing for Ottawa.

83. (Tie) Clayton Keller: Arizona Coyotes, Center (#72 Regular Season)

63 Pure Cup Points, 63 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 72 Games, 0.88 Cup Points per Game, 20 Goals, 57 Assists, 77 Points, +17, 25 Blocked Shots, 13 Hits, 60 Takeaways, 50 Giveaways, 7.3 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

The trainwreck that is the Arizona Coyotes finally have an entrant in Keller, who was Arizona’s All-Star Game representative, the second time he was so.  Keller had 63 Points, two less than his previous best in his rookie year.

72. (Tie) Jeff Skinner: Buffalo Sabres, Left Wing & Center (#72 Regular Season)

63 Pure Cup Points, 63 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 80 Games, 0.79 Cup Points per Game, 33 Goals, 30 Assists, 63 Points, -14, 20 Blocked Shots, 29 Hits, 51 Takeaways, 52 Giveaways, 6.8 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

The Calder winner of 11 years ago had 63 Points when he won that trophy.  This is the fourth time he finished the season with this tally, a number that remains his career-high.

83. (Tie) Tyler Seguin: Dallas Stars, Center (#81 Regular Season)

63 Pure Cup Points, 60 Regular Season, 3 Playoff

Regular Season: 81 Games, 0.73 Cup Points per Game, 24 Goals, 25 Assists, 49 Points, -21, 33 Blocked Shots, 96 Hits, 26 Takeaways, 48 Giveaways, 4.1 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 7 Games, 2 Goals, 2 Assists, 4 Points, Even, 2 Blocked Shots, 11 Hits, 1 Takeaway, 3 Giveaways

Accumulating a Cup Point here and there, Seguin was steady and healthy all year, and another minor surprise that he finished so high considering he is a Forward with under 50 Points.  This is part of the reason we love and are befuddled by this process (even though we created it).

83. (Tie) Kris Letang: Pittsburgh Penguins, Defense (#72 Regular Season)

63 Pure Cup Points, 63 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 78 Games, 0.81 Cup Points per Game, 10 Goals, 58 Assists, 68 Points, +20, 122 Blocked Shots, 171 Hits, 59 Takeaways, 79 Giveaways, 10.6 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 7 Games, 1 Goal, 3 Assists, -3, 121 Blocked Shots, 15 Hits, 6 Takeaways, 18 Giveaways

A two-time Stanley Cup Champion, Letang had another season where he should receive Norris votes.  He never won one, but is a two-time Second Team All-Star.

83. (Tie) James Reimer: San Jose Sharks, Goalie: (#72 Regular Season)

63 Pure Cup Points, 63 Regular Season, 0 Playoffs.

Regular Season: 48 Games, 1.31 Cup Points per Game, 19 Wins, 17 Losses, 10 Ties/Overtime Losses, .912 Save Percentage, 2.90 Goals Against Average, 8.6 Goalie Point Shares

No Playoff Games

Reimer is in his second run in San Jose, and though he could not help them make the playoffs, he had a good year.  Saying that, we expect that Reimer will not be a long-term solution in net for the Sharks.

84. (Tie) Blake Wheeler: Winnipeg Jets, Right Wing (#72 Regular Season)

63 Pure Cup Point Points, 63 Regular Season, 0 Playoffs

Regular Season: 65 Games, 0.97 Cup Points per Game, 17 Goals, 43 Assists, 60 Points, -15, 37 Blocked Shots, 62 Hits, 32 Takeaways, 36 Giveaways, 4.7 Point Shares. 

It is a bit of a surprise to see Wheeler here, and we have our first player with Point Shares below five.  We never said this was a scientific process!

90. (Tie) Patrik Laine: Columbus Blue Jackets, Right Wing (#78 Regular Season)

62 Pure Cup Points, 62 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 56 Games, 1.11 Cup Points per Game, 26 Goals, 30 Assists, 56 Points, -7, 13 Blocked Shots, 27 Hits, 52 Takeaways, 49 Giveaways, 5.8 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

Laine and the Blue Jackets did not make the playoffs, but they have a good young player in Laine who for the first time in his career average at least a Point per Game.

90. Alex Nedeljkovic: Detroit Red Wings, Goalie: (#78 Regular Season)

62 Pure Cup Points, 62 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 59 Games, 1.05 Cup Points per Game, 20 Wins, 24 Losses, 9 Ties/Overtime Losses, .901 Save Percentage, 3.31 Goals Against Average, 8.7 Goalie Point Shares

No Playoff Games

The Red Wings were not a playoff team in 2022/22, but Nedeljkovic had a fine year (even though he scored on his own net in a game this season) in what was his first year as a lead Goalie.  He needs to take it to another level, and if he doesn’t, his stay in Detroit will be temporary.

90. (Tie) Trevor Moore: Los Angeles Kings, Left Wing (#98 Regular Season)

62 Pure Cup Points, 54 Regular Season, 8 Playoff

Regular Season: 81 Games, 0.66 Cup Points per Game, 17 Goals, 31 Assists, 48 Points, +20, 32 Blocked Shots, 69 Hits, 30 Takeaways, 17 Giveaways, 5.2 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 7 Games, 2 Goals, 3 Assists, 5 Points, Even, 10 Blocked Shots, 22 Hits, 2 Takeaways, 3 Giveaways

At age 26, Moore had not accomplished much in the NHL, but he was a very productive player this season, especially considering his ice time was under 16 Minutes.

93. (Tie) Anton Forsberg: Ottawa Senators, Goalie: (#81 Regular Season)

60 Pure Cup Points, 60 Regular Season, 0 Playofff

Regular Season: 46 Games, 1.30 Cup Points per Game, 22 Wins, 17 Losses, 4 Ties/Overtime Losses, .917 Save Percentage, 2.82 Goals Against Average, 9.4 Goalie Point Shares

No Playoff Games.

Forsberg seems like a strange player to be in the top 100, as the Senators failed to make the playoffs, and were not that good.  He arguably came out of nowhere, as he was never a first-string player until now (at age 29), but he had a good second half for Ottawa, who did improve as the season went on. 

93. (Tie) Nicolaj Ehlers: Winnipeg Jets, Left Wing (#81 Regular Season)

60 Pure Cup Points, 60 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 62 Games, 0.97 Cup Points per Game, 28 Goals, 27 Assists, 55 Points, +18, 27 Blocked Shots, 32 Hits, 41 Takeaways, 44 Giveaways, 6.7 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

The game of Hockey continues to grow, and here we have our first player from Denmark.  Ehlers cracked 55 Points for the fourth time this year, and is on a six-year streak of 20 Goal Seasons.

95. Mats Zuccarello: Minnesota Wild, Left Wing (#85 Regular Season)

59 Pure Cup Points, 59 Regular Season, 0 Playoff.

Regular Season: 70 Games, 0.84 Cup Points per Game, 24 Goals, 55 Assists, 79 Points, +21, 33 Blocked Shots, 36 Hits, 48 Takeaways, 43 Giveaways, 7.9 Point Shares. 

Playoffs:  6 Games, 1 Goals, 3 Assists, 4 Points, -1, 3 Blocked Shots, 4 Hits, 1 Takeaway, 1 Giveaway.

Zuccarello’s Cup Points were impacted slightly by playing with higher-level players, but Norway’s greatest hockey player set a personal best 79 Points in his 12th NHL year.

95. (Tie) Ville Husso: St. Louis Blues, Goalie: (#93 Regular Season)

59 Pure Cup Points, 55 Regular Season, 4 Playoffs

Regular Season: 40 Games, 1.38 Cup Points per Game, 25 Wins, 7 Losses, 6 Ties/Overtime Losses, .917 Save Percentage, 2.56 Goals Against Average, 8.3 Goalie Point Shares

Playoffs: 7 Games, 2 Wins, 5 Losses, .890 Save Percentage, 3.67 Goals Against Average

Husso had a good sophomore year in the NHL, and his 25-7-6 regardless of his offensive support is incredible.  The Finnish Goalie looks to be the Blues Goalie going forward.

97. (Tie) Aaron Ekblad: Florida Panthers, Defense (#86 Regular Season)

59 Pure Cup Points, 59 Regular Season, 0 Playoffs.

Regular Season: 61 Games, 0.97 Cup Points per Game, 15 Goals, 42 Assists, 57 Points, +38, 69 Blocked Shots, 62 Hits, 43 Takeaways, 73 Giveaways, 9.6 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 10 Games, 1 Goal, 4 Assists, 5 Points, -2, 9 Blocked Shots, 17 Hits, 9 Takeaways, 6 Giveaways

Yes, the Defense thing and this ranking.   We will look at this deeper next year, we promise!  Ekblad had a great year, where the 2015 Calder winner posted career-highs in Assists, Points and Plus/Minus and was a huge part of Florida’s success in the regular season, though his post season was not as good.

97. (Tie) Jack Hughes: New Jersey Devils, Center (#87 Regular Season)

58 Pure Cup Points, 58 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 49 Games, 1.20 Cup Points per Game, 26 Goals, 30 Assists, 56 Points, -16, 15 Blocked Shots, 6 Hits, 49 Takeaways, 60 Giveaways, 5.8 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

The Devils have their first entry in Hughes, the American Center, and though he was not New Jersey’s leading scorer, Hughes tied with Jesper Bratt for the team lead in Goals.  As Hughes is well under 25, this is a star on the rise, who should be a multiple All-Star.  Considering he has a PPG well over one this year, how could he not be?

98. (Tie) Trevor Zegras: Anaheim Ducks, Center (#88 Regular Season)

57 Pure Cup Points, 57 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 75 Games, 0.76 Cup Points per Game, 23 Goals, 38 Assists, 61 Points, -21, 27 Blocked Shots, 56 Hits, 40 Takeaways, 71 Giveaways, 5.4 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

Zegras had a phenomenal sophomore season, where the American Center from BU proved his worth as a bona fide NHL player.  With his youth, Zegras should be able to ascend to an upper-echelon performer.

98. (Tie) Joel Eriksson-Ek: Minnesota Wild, Center (#121 Regular Season)

57 Pure Cup Points, 48 Regular Season, 9 Playoffs

Regular Season: 77 Games, 0.70 Cup Points per Game, 26 Goals, 23 Assists, 49 Points, +16, 44 Blocked Shots, 138 Hits, 39 Takeaways, 12 Giveaways, 4.8 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 6 Games, 3 Goals, 2 Assists, 5 Points, +1, 2 Blocked Shots, 16 Hits, 3 Takeaways, 2 Giveaways,

Eriksson-Ek had his second straight year with a top ten finish for the Selke Award, and while the Wild disappointed in the playoffs, Eriksson-Ek was stellar, propelling him into the top 100 in Pure Cup Points.

98. (Tie) Tomas Hertl: San Jose Sharks, Center (#88 Regular Season)

57 Pure Cup Points, 57 Regular Season, 0 Playoffs

Regular Season: 82 Games, 0.70 Cup Points per Game, 30 Goals, 34 Assists, 64 Points, -9, 57 Blocked Shots, 105 Hits, 65 Takeaways, 31 Giveaways, 6.6 Point Shares. 

No Playoff Games

Playing all of his nine seasons with the Sharks, Hertl had his second 60-Point year in the NHL.

98. (Tie) Tom Wilson: Washington Capitals, Right Wing (#88 Regular Season)

57 Pure Cup Points, 57 Regular Season, 0 Playoff

Regular Season: 78 Games, 0.73 Cup Points per Game, 24 Goals, 28 Assists, 52 Points, +13, 55 Blocked Shots, 240 Hits, 36 Takeaways, 44 Giveaways, 5.5 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 1 Game, 1 Goal, 0 Assists, 1 Point, Even, 0 Blocked Shots, 1 Hit, 0 Takeaways, 0 Giveaways

Wilson is currently one of the most controversial players in Hockey, and of the nine NHL seasons, he has had over 200 Hits, which includes this one.  The Capital also broke the 50-Point threshold for the first time this year.

98. (Tie) Evgeni Kuznetsov: Washington Capitals, Center (#101 Regular Season)

57 Pure Cup Points, 53 Regular Season, 4 Playoff

Regular Season: 79 Games, 0.73 Cup Points per Game, 24 Goals, 54 Assists, 78 Points, +7, 25 Blocked Shots, 42 Hits, 54 Takeaways, 51 Giveaways, 7.6 Point Shares. 

Playoffs: 6 Games, 2 Goals, 3 Assists, 5 Points, -3, 2 Blocked Shots, 2 Hits, 2 Takeaways, 2 Giveaways

Kuznetsov is only four Points away from 500 over his career, and he has had four 70-Point seasons to date.

Those who were in the Top 100 after the Regular Season, but fell off after the playoffs were:

Matthew Barzal: New York Islanders, Center:  56 Pure Cup Points (#91 Regular Season)

Bo Horvat: Vancouver Canucks, Center: 56 Pure Cup Points (#91 Regular Season)

Nick Schmaltz: Arizona Coyotes, Center (#93 Regular Season)

Josh Norris: Ottawa Senators, Center (#93 Regular Season)

Mark Scheifele: Winnipeg Jets, Center (#93 Regular Season)

Linus Ullmark: Boston Bruins, Goalie (#98 Regular Season)

Phew!!!  That took a while!

Thank you for reading, and look for more content like this in the future.

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