Which NHL players should you be avoiding at all costs?
A few years ago, we looked at the top 10 NHL players who are out of your league’s lineups this season and discussed how they’re likely to fare against the best players in the NHL.
That led us to look at which players are going to be in the top-10 on any given day.
This week, we’ll be looking at the players who, at the moment, are likely to be the biggest casualties in a playoff series.
So, let’s get to it.
The top 10 The 10 most important players in a three-game series.
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Alex Ovecha / APOEL via Getty Images Ovechuk is the first American-born NHL player to win the Hart Trophy and the first to score a hat trick in a Stanley Cup final.
His goals this season are the second-most by an American- born player in a season, trailing only Gretzky.
He’s also the only player to score in a Cup final since the 1990s, when the New Jersey Devils were the Cup champions.
He has two more seasons left on his contract.
He may not be the most valuable player in the league, but he has the most potential to make an impact.
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks Joe Raedle / Getty Images Pavelski is a former first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins who is now a member of the St. Louis Blues.
He hasn’t been able to replicate his form in his first season in St. Lous.
He is in a different era in the game.
Pavelski has the ability to make plays and he is a big-game hitter.
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks Daniel Acker / Getty, via NHL.com The Sedin twins are the youngest players in Vancouver’s lineup.
They have been great at making plays offensively.
They’re a great possession team.
But they’re not great at scoring.
In fact, they’ve only scored one goal in seven games this season.
Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks Ryan M. Kelly / AP file, via NFL.com Kesler has been a big part of the Ducks’ success this season, leading the league in scoring with 38 goals and is second on the team with 82 points.
He leads the league with eight game-winning goals and has seven game-winners in nine games this year.
He might be the best goal-scorer in the world right now.
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Flames Getzlak is the youngest player on the Ducks.
He was a second-round selection by the Anaheim Ducks in 2015 and has been one of the NHL’s most productive goal-scorers this season in the second half.
His linemates have been equally impressive.
He and Nicklas Backstrom are the two most productive teammates in the League, scoring more goals than the entire Anaheim Ducks.
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Dempsey / AP File / Getty via NHL Twitter/@NHLPA, via AP Patrick Kane is the reigning Hart Trophy winner.
He just missed a record-tying seventh consecutive year in the MVP race.
Kane has scored 28 goals in his last five games and is tied for third on the Blackhawks with seven game goals.
He can score in any matchup and is among the best passers in the NBA.
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars Tyler Seger / AP Tyler Segal / AP via NHLPA, through NHLPA Tyler Segnin is a key member of a Stars team that’s led the NHL in scoring this season with 43 points.
The Dallas Stars also lead the League in goals per game (2.22) and third in goals for percentage (58.9).
Tyler Johnson, Anaheim Kings Tyler Johnson / APTyler Johnson / Getty/ Getty Images Johnson has led the Kings to the second Stanley Cup in franchise history.
They’ve been the only team in the past three seasons to score 50 or more goals.
But Johnson’s numbers are trending downward and his points per game have dropped to 3.9.
Johnson’s best player is not Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
That’s Tyler Johnson.
Jonathan Toews, Chicago White Sox Jonathan Toppo / Getty Toppo has been the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft.
His play has been steady throughout his career and he’s had some breakout seasons.
He led the White Sox in scoring last season with 26 goals and finished fifth in voting for the MVP.
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers Henrik Stenson / AP Henrik Lindqvist has won the Vezina Trophy five times in the last seven seasons.
Lundqvists first two Vezinas were in 2011 and 2013.
He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2014 and is fourth all-time in wins.