“Who wore the best in the NHL?”: Nos 60-46


Although there is no debate about the best player to wear this number, there are 98 other numbers with more than one good candidate. This is where the “Who’s Wore It Best?” ” Between.

The editors of NHL.com voted, each selecting their first three for each issue, the best voter voting receiving three points, second place receiving two points and third place receiving one point.

Contestants will be debated and winners will be announced in a weekly five-part series that airs for the first time on Sportsnet, NHL.com and League platforms each Friday at 5 p.m. ET, and rebroadcast every Tuesday on NBCSN (5 p.m. ET) and NHL Network (6:30 p.m. ET). NHL.com will provide the list of winners each Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET after the premiere of each episode, beginning this week.

Today we’re looking at numbers 60 to 46:

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N ° 60 – Jose Theodore

Seasons worn: Montreal Canadiens 1996-2006; Colorado Avalanche 2006-08; Washington Capitals 2008-10; Minnesota Wild 2010-11; Florida Panthers 2011-13

Career statistics: 286-254-39 with 30 ties, 2.68 GAA, 0.909 save percentage in 648 games

Voting points: 57 (The 19 votes for first place)

The skinny: Theodore has had four seasons with at least 30 wins, including in 2001-02, when he won the Vézina Trophy as the best NHL goaltender and the Hart Trophy as the most valuable player. That season, he went 30-24 with 10 ties and among goalkeepers to play at least 25 games, he led the NHL with a save percentage of .931, finished fourth with a GAA of 2 , 11 and finished second with seven shutouts.

Fun fact: Theodore wore No. 37 when he made his NHL debut on February 21, 1996, but wore No. 60 at all other games in his NHL career.

Others receiving votes: Markus Granlund, 31 (0-14-3); Jason Demers, 11 (0-1-9); Vladimir Sobotka, 5 (0-2-1); Mikael Backlund, 2 (0-1-0); Kevin Poulin, 2 (0-0-2); Mark stone, 1 (0-0-1); Chris Driedger, 1 (0-0-1); Collin Delia, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Jose Theodore’s best job for his five NHL teams was in 2001-2002 with the Canadiens, winning the Hart and Vézina trophies while not only surviving but thriving in the Montreal goalie cauldron. ” – Dave Stubbs, NHL.com columnist

N ° 59 – Roman Josi

Seasons worn: Nashville Predators 2011-present

Career statistics: 413 points (109 goals, 304 assists) in 632 games

Voting points: 57 (The 19 votes for first place)

The skinny: Josi has been one of the most consistent defensemen in the NHL since joining the league in 2011-2012, but this season has reached another level. The 29-year-old has established himself as one of the Norris Trophy favorites as the league’s best defenseman by setting career NHL highs in goals (16), assists (49) and points (65) while ranking third in the League on average. ice time (25:47).

Fun fact: Josi wore the number 90 (his year of birth) for Bern in the National League, the best professional league in Switzerland, before coming to North America in 2010-2011. That season, he wore number 33 for the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee, but he has worn number 59 since his NHL debut on November 26, 2011.

Others receiving votes: Jake Guentzel, 36 (0-18-0); Tyler Bertuzzi, 11 (0-0-11); Chad LaRose, 8 (0-1-6); Tom Fitzgerald, 1 (0-0-1); David Karpa, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “It’s a good thing Josi wears number 59 instead of a more popular number. This sets him apart, as his game does, and gives him some attention, as his game should more often. “ – Nick Cotsonika, NHL.com columnist

N ° 58 – Kris Letang

Seasons worn: Pittsburgh Penguins 2006-present

Career statistics: 537 points (127 goals, 410 assists) in 808 games

Voting points: 57 (The 19 votes for first place)

The skinny: Three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins (2009, 2016, 2017), Letang was particularly useful during their race in 2016, having collected 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 23 playoff games and led the NHL in average ice time (28:53, minimum 10 games played). The 33-year-old defenseman played six times in the all-star game and was named to the second NHL all-star team in 2012-13 and 2015-16.

Fun fact: Letang is the only player in Penguins history to wear No. 58.

Others receiving votes: David Savard, 35 (0-16-3); Robert Kron, 11 (0-2-7); David Desharnais, 3 (0-1-1); Jeff Petry, 2 (0-0-2); Patrick Bordeleau, 1 (0-0-1); Connor Carrick, 1 (0-0-1); Kevin Rooney, 1 (0-0-1); Oliver kylington, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Letang was sometimes overshadowed by his future Hockey Hall of Fame teammates Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. However, that should not take away from the fact that he is one of the elite defenders of his generation. ” – Mike Zeisberger, Staff Writer at NHL.com

Video: DET @ PIT: Letang hammers a strike for PPG

N ° 57 – David Perron

Seasons worn: St. Louis Blues 2007-13, 2016-17, 2018-present; Edmonton Oilers 2013-14; Pittsburgh Penguins 2015-16; Anaheim Ducks 2016; Vegas Golden Knights 2017-18

Career statistics: 550 points (223 goals, 327 assists) in 850 games

Voting points: 55 (17-2-0)

The skinny: Perron has scored at least 20 goals five times in the NHL, including last season, when he had 46 points (23 goals, 23 assists) in 57 regular season games and 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 26 playoff games. help the Blues win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 51 seasons. With 60 points (25 goals, 35 assists) in 71 games before this season was interrupted on March 12 due to concerns over the coronavirus, the left wing was able to surpass its 66-point career NHL high , which he established with the Golden Knights in 2017-18.

Fun fact: Perron wore # 57 for each of his NHL teams, but he initially wore # 39 with Pittsburgh after being acquired in a trade with Edmonton on January 2, 2015, as Marcel Goc was already wearing # 57. However, the Les Penguins traded Goc for the Blues later this month, and although Perron kept number 39 for the rest of the season, he resumed wearing number 57 for the 2015-16 season.

Others receiving votes: Tyler myers, 40 (2-17-0); Tommy Wingels, 6 (0-0-6); Blake Comeau, 5 (0-0-5); Trevor van Riemsdyk, 4 (0-0-4); Steve Heinze, 1 (0-0-1); George Parros, 1 (0-0-1); Gabriel Bourque, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Perron has more speed and better skills than many think, but what tips the balance in his favor is that over the past three seasons, he has learned to influence almost every game that ‘he plays. ” – Tim Campbell, Staff Writer at NHL.com

N ° 56 – Sergei Zubov

Seasons worn: Pittsburgh Penguins 1995-96; Dallas Stars 1996-2008

Career statistics: 771 points (152 goals, 619 assists) in 1,068 games

Voting points: 57 (The 19 votes for first place)

The skinny: After finishing in last place in the central division, the Stars acquired Zubov in a trade with the Penguins on June 22, 1996, a move that would help them catapult them to their first Stanley Cup championship in 1999. Zubov, who also won the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994, ranks second among Russian-born defensemen behind Sergei Gonchar (811) and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.

Fun fact: Zubov wore No. 21 in his first three NHL seasons with New York, then No. 3 (his number with the Soviet Red Army team) and No. 56 in his only season at Pittsburgh. He wore number 56 in his 12 seasons with the Stars, who will retire at some point next season.

Others receiving votes: Erik Haula, 30 (0-14-2); Kailer Yamamoto7 (0-2-3); Magnus Paajarvi, 4 (0-0-4); Claude Giroux, 3 (0-1-1); Erik Gustafsson, 3 (0-0-3); Nikita Kucherov, 2 (0-1-0); Marko Dano, 2 (0-0-2); Kevin Fiala, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Hockey hall of fame and double Stanley Cup champion, Zubov was one of the most talented attacking defensemen of his generation. “ – David Satriano, Staff Writer at NHL.com

N ° 55 – Larry Murphy

Seasons worn: 1990-95 Pittsburgh Penguins; The Toronto Maple Leafs 1995-97; Detroit Red Wings 1997-2001

Career statistics: 1,217 points (288 goals, 929 assists) in 1,615 games

Voting points: 55 (17-2-0)

The skinny: Murphy has won the Stanley Cup twice with Pittsburgh (1991, 1992) and Detroit (1997, 1998) while wearing the No. 55. Qualified attacking defenseman, Murphy is fifth in NHL history in points and fourth in assists. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

Fun fact: Murphy wore No. 5 with the Los Angeles Kings and No. 8 with the Washington Capitals and the Minnesota North Stars. However, with each number already worn when the Penguins acquired it in a trade with Minnesota on December 11, 1990, he opted for number 55 and kept it for the rest of his NHL career.

Others receiving votes: Sergei Gonchar, 33 (2-13-1); Keith Primeau, 8 (0-3-2); Mark scheifele, 8 (0-1-6); Ed Jovanovski, 7 (0-0-7); Niklas Kronwall, 3 (0-0-3)

Analysis: “He was ahead of his time. He was a unique player and often allowed you to go around the corner first. He improved the big teams. “ – Keith Jones, NBCSN analyst

N ° 54 – Adam McQuaid

Seasons worn: Boston Bruins 2009-18; New York Rangers 2018-19; Columbus Blue Jackets 2019

Career statistics: 73 points (16 goals, 57 assists) in 512 games

Voting points: 45 (14-1-1)

The skinny: Although McQuaid has never had more than 15 points in a season, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound defenseman has always played a key role for the Bruins when they won the Stanley Cup in 2011.

Fun fact: McQuaid wore No. 27 with the American Hockey League’s Providence, but chose No. 54 after being called because Steve Begin already wore No. 27 for Boston.

Others receiving votes: David Jones, 32 (3-10-3); Paul Ranger, 14 (0-3-8); Bobby Ryan, 5 (1-1-0); Cam Fowler, 4 (1-0-1); Charles Hudon, 3 (0-0-3); Daniel Briere, 2 (0-1-0); Brett Pesce, 2 (0-1-0); Oskar Lindblom, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Adam McQuaid was one of those defenders that many people took for granted until he was out of training, so he really missed you. ” – Pete Jensen, fantastic editor of NHL.com

N ° 53 – Jeff Skinner

Seasons worn: 2010-18 Carolina Hurricanes; Buffalo Sabers 2018-present

Career statistics: 465 points (258 goals, 207 assists) in 720 games

Voting points: 53 (15-4-0)

The skinny: The left wing won the Calder Trophy in 2010-2011 after leading all NHL rookies with 63 points (31 goals, 32 assists) in 82 games. Skinner has scored at least 30 goals four times in his 10 NHL seasons, including 2018-2019, when he hit a career high of 40 in his first season with Buffalo.

Fun fact: Skinner has been number 53 since playing junior with the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener, and he recently donated $ 53,000 to the Waterloo Region Food Bank to help with the pandemic. coronavirus.

Others receiving votes: Bo Horvat, 26 (3-4-9); Derek Morris, 20 (0-8-4); Shayne Gostisbehere9 (0-3-3); Nikolai Khabibulin, 3 (1-0-0); Casey Cizikas, 2 (0-0-2); Zdeno Chara, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Skinner made solid contributions to Carolina and won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 2010-2011, but he really hit the mark this first season in Buffalo. ” – Mike G. Morreale, Staff Editor, NHL.com

Video: BUF @ VGK: Skinner backs up the puck at home in 3rd

N ° 52 – Adam Foote

Seasons worn: Quebec Nordiques 1991-95; Colorado Avalanche 1995-2004, 2008-11; Columbus Blue Jackets 2005-08

Career statistics: 308 points (66 goals, 242 assists) 1,154 games

Voting points: 53 (15-4-0)

The skinny: One of the leaders of the Avalanche during the Stanley Cup victory in 1996 and 2001, Foote provided size (6 feet 2 inches, 220 pounds), tenacity (1,534 penalty minutes) and stability in as a home advocate. At the 2001 Colorado Championship, Foote (28:22 per game), Ray Bourque (28:32) and Rob Blake (29:26) carried the load behind Colorado (no other Avalanche defenseman did not exceed the average of 16:15 per game).

Fun fact: Foote is the only player in Nordic / Avalanche history to wear No. 52.

Others receiving votes: Mike Green, 40 (4-14-0); Craig Rivet, 11 (0-0-11); Jonathan Ericsson, 5 (0-0-5); Dave Andreychuk, 2 (0-1-0); Dave Lewis, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Foote was fearless and relentless, a vital part of the Avalanche teams that won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001.” – Jon Lane, NHL.com Staff Writer

N ° 51 – Brian Campbell

Seasons worn: Buffalo Sabers 1999-2008; San Jose Sharks 2008; Chicago Blackhawks 2008-11, 2016-17; Florida Panthers 2011-16

Career statistics: 504 points (87 goals, 417 assists) in 1082 games

Voting points: 51 (15-3-0)

The skinny: A qualified offensive defenseman, Campbell has had three seasons with at least 50 points, including a career high of 62 players in the NHL (eight goals, 54 assists) in 83 games with Buffalo and San Jose in 2007-08, when he was selected in the second NHL. Team of stars.

Fun fact: Campbell wore No. 44 when he played junior for the Ottawa Hockey League, who retired on November 2, 2017. However, he wore No. 51 throughout his 17 seasons in the NHL, including in 2009-2010, when he helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 49 years.

Others receiving votes: Valtteri Filppula, 35 (3-11-4); Frans Nielsen, 18 (1-4-7); Andrei Kovalenko, 6 (0-1-4); Jake Gardiner, 2 (0-0-2); Ryan Getzlaf, 1 (0-0-1).

Analysis: “Campbell has been a great player, but underrated, for 17 seasons. He had the kind of speed that plays well at all times, and that speed has become even more useful over the course of his career. ” – John Kreiser, editor-in-chief of NHL.com

N ° 50 – Corey Crawford

Seasons worn: Chicago Blackhawks 2006, 2008, 2010-present

Career statistics: 260-162-53, 2.45 GAA, save percentage of .918 in 488 games

Voting points: 56 (18-1-0)

The skinny: Sometimes overlooked as a key part of the Stanley Cup victory in Chicago in 2013 and 2015, Crawford lost a first place vote before being the fourth unanimous selection in the 1950s. During the Blackhawks’ playoff run 2013 playoffs went 16-7 with a 1.84 GAA, save percentage of, 932 and a shutout. In the 2015 playoffs, he was 13-6 with a GAA of 2.31, save percentage of, 924 and two shutouts.

Fun fact: Crawford is the fourth goalkeeper in Blackhawk history to wear No. 50, but the only one to have played more than two games in the NHL.

Others receiving votes: Antoine Vermette, 29 (1-10-6); Jordan Binnington, 21 (0-8-5); Jonas Gustavsson, 4 (0-0-4); Chris Mason, 2 (0-0-2); Adam Pelech, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Crawford falls under the radar of NHL goalies, but the Blackhawks do not win the Cup in 2013 and 2015 without him. ” – Tracey Myers, editor of the NHL.com team

Video: ANA @ CHI: Crawford flies Henrique with his pad

N ° 49 – Brian Savage

Seasons worn: Montreal Canadiens 1994-2002; Phoenix Coyotes 2002-04; St. Louis Blues 2004; Philadelphia Flyers 2005-06

Career statistics: 359 points (192 goals, 167 assists) in 674 games

Voting points: 46 (12-4-2)

The skinny: Selected by Montreal in the eighth round (# 171) in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Savage scored at least 20 goals in five of the seven seasons from 1995 to 2002 before his career was hurt by injuries.

Fun fact: Savage wore No. 17 at the University of Miami and No. 14 when he won the silver medal with Canada at the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994, but he wore No. 49 for his entire career in the NHL.

Others receiving votes: Michael Leighton, 21 (2-6-3); Joe Juneau, 17 (4-2-1); Victor Rask, 12 (0-3-6); Samuel Girard, 6 (0-1-4); Rich Peverley, 4 (0-1-2); J.T. Brown, 3 (1-0-0); Ivan Barbashev, 2 (0-1-0); Matthew Lombardi, 2 (0-1-0)

Analysis: “From an eighth-round pick to“ Mr. October, ”Brian Savage has enjoyed a career packed with remarkable highlights, making him the best to carry number 49, becoming precisely the first player to complete a round of Canadiens hat at the Bell Center on October 7, 1996. ” – Rob Reese, fantastic editor of NHL.com

N ° 48 – Daniel Briere

Seasons worn: Buffalo Sabers 2003-07; 2007-13 Philadelphia Flyers; Montreal Canadiens 2013-14; Colorado Avalanche 2014-15

Career statistics: 696 points (307 goals, 389 assists) in 973 games

Voting points: 55 (17-2-0)

The skinny: Briere overcame his height (5 feet 9 inches, 174 pounds) to become a regular producer in the regular season, scoring at least 60 points five times in his 17 NHL seasons, including a career high of 95 points (32 goals, 63 assists)) with Buffalo in 2006-07. But the center has always been at its best in the Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring 116 points (53 goals, 63 assists) in 124 playoff games. In the 2010 playoffs, Briere led the League with 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in 23 games to help Philadelphia advance to the Cup final.

Fun fact: Briere was the first player in Saber history to wear No. 48.

Others receiving votes: Scott Young, 30 (2-10-4); Tomas hertl, 20 (0-5-10); J.J. Daigneault, 5 (0-1-3); Shea Weber, 2 (0-1-0); Brendan Lemieux, 1 (0-0-1); Tyler Kennedy, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Danny Briere has always played much taller than his 5’9” ​​frame. There was a fearlessness in his game that allowed him to create and produce, especially in the greatest moments. ” – Adam Kimelman, Deputy Editor of NHL.com

N ° 47 – Torey Krug

Seasons worn: Boston Bruins 2012-present

Career statistics: 337 points (67 goals, 270 assists) in 523 games

Voting points: 51 (15-3-0)

The skinny: Krug made an immediate impact as a 22-year-old rookie by scoring six points (four goals, two assists) in 15 playoff games during Boston’s run to the 2013 Stanley Cup final. The 5 foot 9 defenseman inches and 186 pounds has collected at least 40 points in six of his seven seasons since, including a career NHL 59 peak (14 goals, 45 assists) in 76 games in 2017-2018.

Fun fact: Krug wore No. 44 in Michigan State and with Providence of the American Hockey League. However, this number being worn by defenseman Dennis Seidenberg when he joined the Bruins at the end of the 2011-12 season, he was assigned the number 47.

Others receiving votes: Alexander Radulov, 32 (3-10-3); Marc-André Bergeron, 8 (0-2-4); Hampus Lindholm, 7 (0-1-5); Jean-Sebastien Giguere, 3 (1-0-0); John Grahame, 3 (0-1-1); Rich Pilon, 2 (0-1-0); Andrew MacDonald, 2 (0-1-0); Leo Komarov, 2 (0-0-2); Stephan Lebeau, 2 (0-0-2); Viktor Kozlov, 1 (0-0-1); Claude Lapointe, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Torey Krug’s willingness to play carefree controlled all over the ice while delivering on the offensive makes him one of the most exciting players to watch and the most exciting to wear No. 47.” – Shawn P. Roarke, Senior Editorial Director of NHL.com

N ° 46 – David Krejci

Seasons worn: Boston Bruins 2007-present

Career statistics: 686 points (207 goals, 479 assists) in 911 games

Voting points: 56 (18-1-0)

The skinny: Krejci set his career high in the NHL with 73 points (22 goals, 51 assists) in 82 games in 2008-2009, his second full season, and tied with 20 goals and 53 assists in 81 games in 2018-19 . In the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he led the NHL with 12 goals and 23 points to help Boston win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1972.

Fun fact: Krejci wore number 23 while playing for the American Hockey League’s Providence, but that number was worn by Paul Mara when the Bruins called him, so he got number 46 and has worn it ever since.

Others receiving votes: Jared Spurgeon, 28 (0-11-6); Andrei Kostitsyn, 13 (0-4-5); Roman Polak, 13 (0-3-7); Mark Giordano, 3 (1-0-0)

Analysis: “Perpetually underestimated, Krejci was one of the main reasons the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011 (in addition to Tim Thomas). – Amalie Benjamin, Staff Writer at NHL.com


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