Welcome back to our NHL Player Rankings, a compilation of lists showing you who is on top, as well as who is on the bottom in every position. We’ll also show you the best player of the week for all three zones of the ice, new players appear, while some still hold their position.
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For forwards and defenseman, the main factor will be based on points-per-game averages. This statistic shows us how well a player has scored in the games they have played. When given an advanced look it lets us know how much they could end up scoring on the season and if they would lead the league or not.
Goalies will be decided by save percentage and shutouts. While goalies are obviously going to let in pucks, this stat is fundamental in watching their overall success and potential to where they could be in the league if playing for a better defensive team.
Legend: LW = Last Week NR = Not Ranked
**Minimum 60 Games Played** (Forwards/Defense) **Minimum 50 Games Played** (Goalies)
Apr 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
We also cover the bottom ten in each position, it’s good to know who is also trending downwards for instance if you have that player in a hockey pool, you know now not to keep them around.
**Minimum 50 Games Played** (Forwards/Defense) **Minimum 20 Games Played** (Goalies)
Mar 21, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue (35) smiles as he looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Top Forward of the Week:Marcus Johansson (WSH) – (3gp, 1g, 7a, 8pts, Even) When you’re sitting first in the Eastern Conference and expected to make a lengthy run in the playoffs, you need your team to score in a major way and keep that momentum going. Marcus Johansson did just that over the last week putting up a whopping eight points in three games.
Top Defenseman of the Week:Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) – (4gp, 1g, 4a, 5pts, +3) Shayne Gostisbehere has always been a top-notch defender for the Flyers, and with them on the outside looking in, they need their top guys to produce and Shayne did that last week for them.
Top Goalie of the Week:Tuukka Rask (BOS) – (3gp, 3w, .962sv%, 1.00gaa, 1so) Tuukka Rask has been dynamite the last couple of months helping put the Bruins in the playoff picture, and when you have a week like he did statistically going undefeated, that’s always a bonus. He just needs to continue that play going into and during the playoffs.