If you are a regular visitor at Notinhalloffame.com, you know that we created the Notinhalloffame NHL Cup, where in every regular season game, we award points (5-4-3-2-1) to the top five performers. This is the second year that we have done this, and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid won the first one.
To keep everyone regularly in the loop this time, we have decided to give regular updates, starting at when the first player cracked 40 Points, and tell all of you the top ten. We will this going forward with every update as the first player breaches the elevated ten-point threshold afterward.
Here is the current top ten, based on the first player to breach 80 Notinhalloffame Cup Points:
1. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers. 80 Cup Points: 43 Games, 35 G, 44 A, 79 P, +2, 9.0 PS. (#1 on last update)
There are a lot of stories at the near-halfway mark of the 2022/23 NHL Season, with one of the top ones being Connor McDavid running away with every major statistical category. Last year’s Notinhalloffame NHL Cup winner is extending his lead and he is currently the league-leader in Goals (35), Assists (44), Points (79) and Point Shares (9.0).
2. David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins. 74 Cup Points: 40 Games, 32 G, 26 A, 58 P, +20, 7.9 PS. (#3 on last update)
The Bruins are one of the NHL’s top teams and Pastrnak is their top scorer. The Bruins star is averaging 1.39 Points per Game, slightly more than his First Team All-Star campaign in 2019-20.
3 (Tie). Mikko Rantanen, Colorado Avalanche. 68 Cup Points: 39 Games, 27 G, 23 A, 50 P, +6, 6.1 PS. (#3 on last update)
Rantanen remains at #3, and is also in the top ten in Goals and Points, while leading the NHL in Even Strength Goals (22). The Avs star has 1.28 PPG, the highest of his career.
3 (Tie). Jason Robertson, Dallas Stars. 68 Cup Points: 42 Games, 29 G, 29 A, 58 P, +23, 8.1 PS. (#6 on last update)
Robertson is on pace to shatter last season’s 41-38-79 output, and the fourth-year player is now the undeniable top dog of the Stars lineup. He is currently tied for the league-lead in Even Strength Goals (22).
5. Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils. 63 Cup Points, 41 Games, 26 G, 23 A, 49 P, +14, 6.4 PS. (not on last update)
Hughes explodes back into the top ten, ranked higher in Cup Point standings than he has ever been. He is seven Points away from tying last year’s number.
6. Brayden Point, Tampa Bay Lightning, 62 Cup Points: 39 Games, 23 G, 17 A, 40 P, +2, 4.7 PS. (#2 on last update)
Point drops large from #2, and though he is having a good year, and is a point-per-game player, there are still quite a few players with higher point tallies than the Tampa Center. Saying that, Point has been the most clutch player for the Lightning, and a reason we love this process!
7. Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs. 60 Cup Points: 41 Games, 20 G, 27 A, 47 P, +17, 5.5 PS. (#7 on last update)
Matthews is the defending Hart winner but he is not on the PPG pace he was last year, though when Toronto wins, the odds are that he was the biggest reason why. Is this season a disappointment so far for Matthews?
8 (Tie). Kirill Kaprizov, Minnesota Wild. 58 Cup Points: 40 Games, 24 G, 25 A, 49 P, -1, 5.6 PS. (#8 on last update)
Kaprizov is easily Minnesota’s best player and if he stays healthy should have his second straight 100-Point year.
8 (Tie). Linus Ullmark, Boston Bruins. 58 Cup Points: 26 Games, 22-1-1, 1.87 GAA, .938 Save Percentage, 6.9 PS. (#8 on last update)
Ullmark is the highest ranked Goalie, and his ascendence to likely All-Star has been colossal for Boston’s rise to the top portion of the standings. Ullmark leads all Goalies in Wins, GAA, Save Percentage and Goalie Point Shares.
10 (Tie). Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, 57 Cup Points: 40 Games, 21 G, 27 A, 48 P, +1, 5.3 PS. (Not on last update)
Crosby is back where he belongs in the top ten, and he has never had a year where he averaged less than a Point per Game.
10 (Tie). Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, 57 Cup Points: 39 Games, 29 G, 19 A, 48 P, 0, 5.9 PS. (#9 on last update)
Ovechkin is closing on Wayne Gretzky’s all-time Goal record, and is tied currently with Sidney Crosby. How perfect is that?
Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson fell off the top ten.
Our next update will occur when the first player breaks 90 Cup Points.
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