As the dog days of summer wind down, NHL Network is getting you ready for this season by ranking the Top 50 players in the League. NHL Network researchers, producers and on-air personalities compiled the list, taking into account players coming back from injury, younger players expected to break out and veterans with a proven track record.
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Here are the Top 10:
10. Joe Pavelski, C, San Jose Sharks
Pavelski, 32, got to show off his skills to a national audience during the Sharks' run to the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. The San Jose captain had 78 points (38 goals, 40 assists) in the regular season, his third straight with at least 70, and then went on a tear during the playoffs, when he had 23 points (14 goals, nine assists) in 24 games.
Pavelski scored at least 37 goals in each of the past three seasons. In 725 NHL games, all with the Sharks, he has 563 points (266 goals, 297 assists), third on San Jose's all-time list behind Patrick Marleau (1,036) and Joe Thornton (887). His 163 goals the past five seasons are third in the NHL behind Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (224) and Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (193).
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