Top 10 the best hockey players in the world 2015–2016

The days of Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky are long gone, but hockey players of the current generation are strong enough. Some stars are not such shining in the games of season 2015–2016 as in the previous NHL seasons.

But many burgeoning players were able to take up the slack. Some of the best forwards such as John Tavares and Tyler Seguin prove by their skills they deserve to play with the elite scorers. But the NHL still belongs to the veterans.

Although in the current season Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin are not leaders in assists and goals, their talent is indisputable and their value is enormous. It’s too early to sum, because the season is not over and many of the best players can still to show themselves at any moment. We present a ranking of the best hockey players 2016.

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Ovechkin is the best hockey player in the world in 2016. The 10-time established star has at least 32 goals in every one of 10 seasons, including a lockout-shortened year in the season 2012–13. He the five times won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, given to the league leading in goals (including three times champ of defending). Alexander Ovechkin possesses undoubtedly the quickest release in the world. He has eight goals in 12 games and 15 points total, so he is on pace for another 50-goal forwards. He’s already got more goals (112) than anyone since the start of the season 2013–2014.
Crosby remains one of the more unselfish superstars in the league. He has 860 points in 641 games of his career and far more assists than goals. He was a two-time winner of the Art Ross Trophy, given to the league leading in the points. The future winner of Hall-of-Famer and Stanley Cup, he had slow start in the season (7 points in 14 games), but was the best forward five times and one of top 10 six times. Sidney Crosby is the leader in scored goals (195) and it’s more than anyone has since the season 2013–2014.
Recent injury hindered the rating, but the 25-year-old Steven Stamkos – two-time winner of the Richard Trophy, led the team in scoring since the season 2008–2009. Stamkos gets points for every game in his career and, like Ovechkin, has a lightning-quick release and an exceptional pass. He twice scored 50 goals in a season until the age of 23 and led the league in points and goals last year on the way to the Stanley Cup Final.
In recent seasons the Dallas Stars captain was one of the most dangerous players on the ice due to his offenses. Benn led the league in scoring (87 points in 85 games) and year before he won the Ross Trophy after he was out of top 10. Since the season 2013–2014, Jamie Ben has been second in points (187). Now he is league leader with 10 goals. The third straight season Ben is on pace for over 30 goals.
Though Tyler Seguin is only 23 years old, he plays already sixth NHL season. Since 2011–2012, he’s been racking up points (and won a Stanley Cup). He has 161 points in 150 matches. Tyler plays on a line with Jamie Benn and is league leader with 23 points in the early of this season.
Since the beginning of his career, NHL placed great hope in Kane. He is still remains one of the most effective forwards in the league. Now Kane scores more goals than in the previous three years. He broke the mark – 20 goals in every season, which he had established during his career in NHL beginning from season 2007–2008. Patrick Kane was winner Stanley Cup three times and Conn Smythe Trophy 2013, given to the league lead in scoring – 23 points in 15 games.
Malkin is Crosby’s running mate. Since his start in NHL in 2006–2007, he has been “scoring machine”. He’s three times scored more than 100 point. He won the prize Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup of season 2008–2009 and twice was Ross Trophy winner. Evgeni Malkin is one of the few players, who scored more number of points than played games in his career – over nine full seasons.
Giroux sometimes skips matches, but despite this he helps his team to win. He is one of the five best players in the NHL since season 2013–2014. Besides that Claude Giroux twice was the best of top 10 scorers and one of top 10 passers during the last five years.
Perhaps Nicklas Backstrom’s not too visible in Washington Capitals because of Ovechkin, but he’s consistently one of the best passer in the league. He was leader in assists (60) last year. Since his debut in the season 2007–2008, he has impressive quantity of assists – 433. Only Crosby was able to ahead of Backstrom in assists since the start of season 2013–2014. Nicklas Backstrom has taken part in every game in six of his eight NHL seasons.
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