This portion of the series details the players who I believe are ranked 75-51. The highest ranked Canadien finds his way onto the list, and one of the 6 Florida Panthers also makes an appearance.
75. Max Domi
Domi had a breakout season with Montreal after being traded there by Arizona. Domi was known as a Brad Marchand-type player even during his time in Arizona, but was able to break through offensively last year. Even though his father, Tie Domi, was definitely just an enforcer, Domi actually has some skills to back it up. Domi scored 72 points, and had a blazing start in his first few games with Montreal.
74. Devan Dubnyk
The Minnesota goaltender had a solid season again. He won 31 games on a non-playoff team, had a 2.54 goals against average, and a. .913 save percentage. The Minnesota Wild need another solid season from Dubnyk if they hope to contend.
73. Teuvo Teravainen
The Hurricanes winger played second fiddle to Sebastian Aho, but his statistics were clearly first fiddle. He scored 76 points, including 55 assists, to bolster the Carolina offense. The winger also had some playoff success, scoring 10 points in 15 games.
72. Elias Lindholm
The Calgary winger had a breakout season after struggling year after year in Carolina. He scored 30 more points than any other season. Lindholm was a serious upgrade to the Flames on the second line wing, and he was a big reason why the Flames were as successful as they were.
71. Jordan Binnington
The goaltender was absolutely incredible for the St. Louis Blues and proved to be a godsend for a team that desperately needed a jumpstart. He still has to prove he can be a reliable goaltender in the league rather than one on an incredibly hot streak before he takes the place he should amongst the elite.
70. Thomas Chabot
The Ottawa Senators traded away Erik Karlsson, but a younger version of him surfaced in the 22 year old Thomas Chabot. Chabot scored 55 points in 70 games, which is a remarkable total for a defenseman that young on a team that is really bad. Another impressive year in the realm of what he did last year should put him along with the likes of Torey Krug.
69. Mathew Barzal
Barzal did not have the goalscoring numbers that he did in 2018. The young center scored 4 less goals than he did last year, and significantly regressed in the assist numbers too. Barzal will need a bounceback year to stay as high as he is now. However, he is still a spring chicken, at only 22 years old, and is surrounded by reliable veterans in the likes of Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey, and Anders Lee.
68. Alex DeBrincat
The surprisingly small winger, standing at only 5 foot 7 and weighing in at 165 pounds, had a breakout season for Chicago. He scored 41 goals and 35 assists for a total of 76 points, up 24 points from his rookie season. DeBrincat will continue to find success playing alongside two of the greatest players of our generation in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.
67. Kyle Connor
The Jets center keeps improving, and last year was no different as he added 3 goals and 5 assists to last year’s total. He still has room for improvement too, as he is fairly inconsistent and can often get lost in the shuffle in an offense that includes Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, and Patrik Laine. However, the numbers are there, and he is still only 22 years old.
66. Evgeny Kuznetsov
The Capitals center had an outstanding offensive season. Kuznetsov only scored 21 goals for the Capitals, but made up for the lack of scoring with an obscene amount of assists, eventually amounting to 51. The center is an integral part of Washington’s offensive attack, but is still a tad bit inconsistent. Additionally, Kuznetsov is finding himself in hot water with videos placing him with cocaine, and has been banned from International Competition. Kuznetsov will reportedly not face NHL or team discipline.
65. Tomas Hertl
Hertl had a breakout season for the San Jose Sharks, which proved to be yet another solid young player for San Jose, including Timo Meier and Kevin LaBanc. Hertl scored 35 goals and 74 points, giving the Sharks a steady offensive presence, and will look to lead the Sharks into their future after the departure of longtime captain Joe Pavelski.
64. Alex Pietrangelo
The Blues captain and star defenseman had another solid season anchoring St. Louis’s defense. The defenseman was spectacular in the playoffs, playing solid defense while still providing great offense with 19 points in 26 games. He will look to continue his postseason success, returning mostly the same cast of characters.
63. Dylan Larkin
The young center finally broke through, scoring 32 goals and 73 points culminating in his breakout year. He scored 63 points the prior year, and this year led a Red Wings team that was, frankly, terrible. Larkin was outstanding, and he is sure to improve on this mark next year.
62. Alexander Radulov
Radulov is one of many Stars on the Dallas hockey team (pun intended). He totaled 72 points in 70 games, which followed up nicely when compared to his 2018 season, in which he also scored 72 points. Radulov has taken a backseat to Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, but is now better than Benn, who had a down year.
61. Jonathan Toews
Toews has been a superstar forever, but has regressed with age in recent years. He had a resurgent season this past year, and eventually added 81 points, which was actually his highest scoring year ever. Toews should continue his resurgence, especially with the breakout seasons of Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome, and the continued success of Patrick Kane.
60. Elias Pettersson
The Calder trophy winner and 2nd overall pick was simply phenomenal as a rookie for the Vancouver Canucks. Pettersson scored 66 points and even missed 11 games. The Swedish center will improve and become an elite NHL center sooner rather than later.
59. Sean Couturier
Couturier had a great season for the Philadelphia Flyers. The two-way center and Selke finalist is finally finding his offensive game, posting back to back 76 point years. The center also flies far under the radar, and his game should be recognized as among the best in the NHL.
58. Tuukka Rask
Tuukka Rask had a great season. Rask finally found extended success in the playoffs, leading the Bruins to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. He had an incredible hot streak during the Hurricanes series that made Rask look better in the eyes of Bruins fans that admonished him for years. He still was unable to close the deal, leading the nastier Bruins fans to call for his head. However, Rask is still an elite goaltender in the NHL.
57. Cam Atkinson
Atkinson took a backseat to Artemi Panarin in hype on the Blue Jackets. He still was able to amass 41 goals for Columbus, which was his career high. Atkinson also found success in the postseason as well, getting 8 points in 10 games.
56. Jake Guentzel
Guentzel had an outstanding year for the Penguins, finally showing that he can live up to his playoff performance. He scored 40 goals for 76 points, which showed that he can finally bring the offense for an extended period of time, elevating the Penguins forward to star status. He is still living in the shadow of longtime Pittsburgh stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang, but he should now take a bigger role following the departure of Phil Kessel.
55. Nicklas Backstrom
The center continued his streak of great seasons, scoring 74 points on 52 assists. Backstrom has quietly scored over 70 points every year since 2013, mostly in the shadow of Alexander Ovechkin. Backstrom is one of the best centers in the league, and is definitely one of the most underrated.
54. Morgan Rielly
The Toronto defenseman had an outstanding year. Rielly got off to an incredible start, but cooled off significantly later in the year. He was on pace to score over 100 points, and eventually ended up scoring 72 points, and adding an impressive 20 goals, which is notable, because defensemen rarely score over 15 goals. He was the first to score 20 since Brent Burns scored 29 in his Norris campaign of 2016-2017.
53. Jeff Skinner
The Buffalo winger (pun not intended) started the season on an offensive rampage after being dealt by Carolina late in the offseason. Skinner ended the season with 40 goals, and scored 63 points when all was said and done. Skinner still needs to improve in some areas, including consistency, but he is still a top-tier NHL player.
52. Gabriel Landeskog
Landeskog had a great year playing on the second best line in hockey. He scored 75 points, in what turned out to be his best year to date. Landeskog has always been a good player, but he made the jump to great this year. He does benefit from playing alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, but he complements their game very well.
51. Keith Yandle
The Panthers defenseman had another solid season anchoring Florida’s blueline. Yandle is another one of those great NHL players that has not been able to find publicity, as he has played with the Arizona Coyotes and the Florida Panthers. Yandle scored 62 points for the Panthers, bolstering his resume with another solid offensive season.
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