If you’re into fantasy hockey pools, NHL.com has come out with its rankings of the top 275 players to help you make your picks for the 2014-15 season.
The top 10 players according to NHL.com, in order, are: Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, Anaheim’s Corey Perry, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, the New York Islanders’ John Tavares, Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, Boston goalie Tuukka Rask, and Chicago’s Patrick Kane.
The top-ranked Canadien is defenceman P.K. Subban at No. 16. Subban is the No. 1 ranked defenceman on the list, followed by Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson (No. 19).
Only two other Habs players made the top 100: Carey Price (No. 28) and Max Pacioretty (No. 38).
Other Canadiens players making the top 275 list are: Andrei Markov (No. 144), Alex Galchenyuk (No. 163), Brendan Gallagher (No. 180), P.A. Parenteau (No. 208), David Desharnais (No. 209) and Tomas Plekanec (No. 226).
Pacioretty led the Canadiens in scoring last season with 60 points (39 goals, 21 assists), ranking him 44th in the NHL scoring race.
The Canadiens haven’t had a player finish in the top 10 in the NHL scoring race since Mats Naslund in 1985-86 when he finished with 43-67-110 totals to place eighth. The Habs won the Stanley Cup that year. The last time a Canadiens player won the Art Ross Trophy as the regular-season scoring champion was 1977-78, when Guy Lafleur won his third straight with 60-70-132 totals. The Habs won the Stanley Cup that year.
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