The NHL accidentally revealed a terrible secret!  In the top 20 players in the league - six Russians

By the start of the regular season, the NHL Network, in reverse order from 50th place to first place, publishes its version of the top ten players in the league as of “here and now” every week. Earlier, the same NHL Network made four ratings by role – top 20 centers, extreme forwards, defenders and top 10 goalkeepers.

So, the current tens are fully correlated with previous classifications. To make sure of this, for each player from the top 50 we indicate his position in the previously published lineup by role.

Here’s who the NHL ranked as the best of the best a week ago:

50. Jack Hughes (New Jersey, USA) – center (17th in the ranking of center forwards)

49. Moritz Seider (Detroit, Germany) – defender (11th in the rating of defenders)

48. Juuse Saros (Nashville, Finland) – goalkeeper (3rd in the rating of goalkeepers)

47. Philip Forsberg (Nashville, Sweden) – left flank (19th in the ranking of wingers)

46. ​​Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado, Sweden) – left flank (18)

45. Miro Heiskanen (Dallas, Finland) – defender (10)

44. Alex Debrinkat (“Ottawa”, USA) – left flank (17)

43. Chris Kreider (Rangers, USA) – left flank (16)

42. John Carlson (Washington, USA) – defender (9)

41. Jack Eichel (“Vegas”, USA) – center (16)

And now the harvest of the current week:

40. Ryan O’Reilly (St. Louis, Canada) – center (15)

39. Devon Toews (Colorado, Canada) – defender (8)

38. Aaron Ekblad (Florida, Canada) – defender (7)

37. Jason Robertson (“Dallas”, USA) – left flank (15)

36. Chris Letang (Pittsburgh, Canada) – guard (6)

35. Nazem Qadri (Calgary, Canada) – center (14)

34. Jake Gunzel (Pittsburgh, USA) – left flank (14)

33. Elias Lindholm (Calgary, Sweden) – center (13)

32. JT Miller (Vancouver, USA) – center (12)

31. Briden Point (Tampa, Canada) – center (11)

As you can see, total harmony! Now it is absolutely clear that the top 30 will include 10 center forwards, 13 wingers, 5 defenders and 2 goalkeepers. As well as all their names are known. And here it makes sense to stop and fix an important fact: we have not lost a single player yet. That is, we have 6 representatives not in the top 50, but already in the top 30!

Let’s compare the distribution of players by country in the top 50 and top 30.

TOP 50

1. Canada – 15 (4 defenders, 3 corners, 8 centers);

2. USA – 15 (3 defenders, 8 corners, 4 centers);

3. Russia – 6 (2 goalkeepers, 4 territories);

4. Finland – 5 (1 goalkeeper, 1 defender, 1 edge, 2 centers);

5. Sweden – 5 (1 defender, 2 provinces, 2 centers);

6. Germany – 2 (1 defender, 1 center);

7. Switzerland – 1 (1 defender);

8. Czech Republic – 1 (1 edge).

TOP 30

1. Canada – 9 (1 defender, 3 kraks, 5 centers);

2. USA – 7 (2 defenders, 4 corners, 1 center);

3. Russia – 6 (2 goalkeepers, 4 territories);

4. Finland – 3 (1 region, 2 centers);

5. Sweden – 2 (1 defender, 1 center);

6. Germany – 1 (1 center);

7. Switzerland – 1 (1 defender);

8. Czech Republic – 1 (1 edge).

It’s amazing how dramatically the picture has changed! We broke away from all Europeans and almost caught up with the USA – six elite masters against seven. There is no doubt that the same six representatives will remain in the top 20, which will allow the Russians to bypass the Americans and overtake the Canadians.

Judge for yourself, here are the positions of Russian hockey players in the NHL Network classifications by role:

Alexander Ovechkin (“Washington”) – No. 1 in the ranking of extreme forwards;

Andrey Vasilevsky (“Tampa”) – No. 1 in the rating of goalkeepers;

Nikita Kucherov (“Tampa”) – No. 2 among the Krai;

Igor Shesterkin (“Rangers”) – No. 2 among goalkeepers;

Kirill Kaprizov (“Minnesota”) – No. 3 among the Kraiks;

Artemy Panarin (“Rangers”) – No. 8 among the Kraiks.

Both of our goalkeepers will certainly get into the top twenty. As well as all field players. Under a small question, perhaps Khlebushek. However, there are five more people in front of him on the list of flanking attackers:

13. Kyle Connor (Winnipeg, USA)

12. Matthew Tkachuk (Florida, USA)

11. David Pastrnak (Boston, Czech Republic)

10. Patrick Kane (Chicago, USA)

9. Brad Marchand (Boston, Canada)

It is unlikely that next week the turn will reach Panarin. But the Americans are guaranteed to give us second place in the top 20. And how will the 2024 World Cup do without Russian virtuosos? Spoiler: no way!

Source: Sovsport

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