NHL Player Rankings: Who’s Trending up and Down? And Who Are the Top Players as Well? We’re Here to Let You Know With Our Weekly Risers and Fallers!
Welcome to our weekly 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.
For forwards and defenceman, the deciding factor will come down to 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 their potential to lead the league in points.
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Goalies will be decided by goals-against-average 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
NHL Power Rankings: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Top Forward of the Week:Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) – (4GP, 3G, 7A, 10PTS) Nicklas Backstrom was absolutely outstanding last week as well as the entire Washington team. And anytime you put up 10 points in a four-game span, you’re won’t just get forward of the week honors on here but where it matters as well.
Top Defenseman of the Week:Torey Krug (BOS) – (3GP, 3G, 2A, 5PTS) Torey Krug finally had himself a breakout week for Boston, and in doing so scored five points in only three games. And in three of those games, three of those points were goals.
Top Goalie of the Week:Braden Holtby (WSH) – (3GP, 3W, .962SV%, 1,00GAA, 1SO) Braden Holtby is returning to elite form when it’s most important, and for Washington and their respective fans plus management, that’s a great sign. Hopefully, he and the team can keep it up come playoff time.