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.
Article continues below ...
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 50 Games Played** (Forwards/Defense) **Minimum 40 Games Played** (Goalies)
Feb 28, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) during the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-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 40 Games Played** (Forwards/Defense) **Minimum 20 Games Played** (Goalies)
Feb 12, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Red Wings 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Top Forward of the Week:Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) – (4GP, 2G, 5A, 7PTS, +2) After a slow start to the season, Ryan Getzlaf has really come into his own down the stretch and now sits in the top ten for centers in the league. And with seven points in only four games during the last week has definitely helped.
Top Defenseman of the Week:Erik Karlsson (OTT) – (4GP, 2G, 4A, 6PTS, +6) Erik Karlsson has finally passed Victor Hedman for second place in defenseman scoring, he only trails Sharks d-man Brent Burns but it won’t be long until he catches him as well.
Top Goalie of the Week:Jonathan Bernier (ANA) – 3W, 1SO, .948SV%, 1.62GAA) When the Leafs traded away Jonathan Bernier everyone thought his career would be over, but if you look over his season statistics over the season, he’s really impressed. And who knows he may end up being scooped up by the Vegas Knights as a possible starter.