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NHL Network Names Their Top 20 Wingers

from David Satriano of NHL.com,

1. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
Kucherov tops the list for the second straight year. After leading the NHL with 128 points (41 goals, 87 assists) last season, the most since Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Mario Lemieux had 161 and Jaromir Jagr had 149 in 1995-96, Kucherov won the Hart Trophy voted as NHL MVP by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and the Ted Lindsay Award as most outstanding player in a vote by the NHL Players' Association. The 26-year-old right wing increased his points for a fifth straight season and has scored at least 30 goals in each of the past four. He led the NHL in power-play points (48) and was tied for fifth in game-winning goals (eight). Kucherov's 379 points the past four seasons are second in the NHL.

"He does so many things out there and I like the fact that he has a little grit to his game as well," NHL Network analyst Mike Rupp said. "I think that's really important for a superstar. …I love his game, I love everything he brings, and he ain't going anywhere."

2. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
A finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award last season, Kane was third in the NHL with a career-high 110 points (44 goals, 66 assists) last season. The 30-year-old right wing's 381 points are the most in the NHL the past four seasons, and his 151 goals in that span are second. He has topped 100 points twice in the past four seasons (106 in 2015-16) and has scored at least 21 goals in each of his 12 NHL seasons.

"When he started shooting the puck and scoring goals, it opened up an all-new way of life for him on the ice," Rupp said. "…When it's all said and done, he'll be the best -- hands down, the best -- U.S.-born player to ever play the game.

3. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Ovechkin scored 51 goals last season to lead the NHL for a record eighth time. It was the eighth season he scored at least 50 goals, trailing Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy (nine times each) for most in NHL history....


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