On this list of top 20 players, we are counting down some of the most lethal offensive weapons in the entire NHL. From players who can thread the needle to great two-way forwards to unbelievable snipers, here are the top 20 right wingers in the NHL.
20. Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks
Jakob Silfverberg has been a staple of the Ducks’ roster for a long time now and has flown under the radar for the majority of that time. He has fantastic two-way ability and one of the better shots on his team, which for the last few years has led him to be right around the 20-goal mark (he had 17 this past season).
19. Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers
Zuccarello is no longer in his prime like the majority of the players on this list, but he still has the ability to skate with some of the best in the league. Despite his age and size, Zuccarello still managed to record his third consecutive 50+ point season in 2017-18 with 16 goals and 37 assists.
18. Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Corey Perry is another player who has started to regress in the last few years, but it will take at least one more subpar season for him to be booted from this list. He still has the shot and hands to be a top goal-scoring threat in the league – he just needs to tap into his former self in order to see his point totals rise again.
17. Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets
Atkinson has been a 20+ goal scorer for all of the past five seasons, but he truly broke out in the 2016-17 season when he scored 35 goals. With Panarin on the Jackets, Atkinson no longer has the pressure of needing to be the biggest goal-scorer on the team and could be in line to have a great season in 2018-19.
16. Jordan Eberle, New York Islanders
Eberle had a very strong first season on Long Island, pocketing 25 goals and 34 assists. Next season’s twist is that he won’t have the advantage of skating alongside one of the best centers in the world in John Tavares (no knock on Mat Barzal). It will be interesting to see whether Eberle’s numbers decline or remain consistent with those of last season.
15. Alexander Radulov, Dallas Stars
Radulov is one of the more dynamic wingers in the league. He is absolutely lethal in the offensive zone and often flies under the radar due to his linemates – Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn – being one of the best duos in the entire league. Radulov played the majority of his best years in Russia but still managed to put up 72 points last season at 32 years of age.
14. Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers
The Wayne Train has been a force in Philadelphia for many years now. His physical play, offensive skills, and ability to dominate defensemen make him an ever-present threat in front of opposing teams’ nets. He had a bit of a down season in 2017-18, notching only 46 points in 75 games, but is more than capable of getting back up into the fifties, considering his style of play.
13. Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks
During his brief stint in the NHL so far, Brock Boeser has shown glimpses of true superstar potential. He already has one of the best shot releases in the entire league and is not afraid to go to the dirty areas and throw his weight around. Before his season-ending injury, Boeser was very close to being a point-per-game player, with 55 in 62 games. His health and point production will be a key factor to the Canucks’ future success.
12. Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers
Voracek has always been a fantastic passer, and this past season was no exception. Voracek benefited from Giroux’s monster year almost as much as the team as a whole did. Nevertheless, Giroux’s season would not have been possible without some of the work of Voracek, who registered 65 assists and 20 goals.
11. Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs
Mitch Marner is a part of the now-four-headed monster in Toronto that is flat-out scary to play against. To many people’s surprise, Marner actually led the team in points this past season. His incredible speed and agility allow him to create space for both himself and other players. Marner has the potential to be absolutely lethal on a line with John Tavares this coming season.
10. Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators
This one may surprise some people, but Mark Stone is one of those players that, even with all of the drama in Ottawa, still does not get enough attention. He isn’t the greatest skater, but he has one of the best shots of anybody on this list and is overshadowed by some of the other names on, or formerly on, his team, such as Duchene, Hoffman, and, of course, Karlsson.
9. William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs
The number nine selection may also cause some controversy simply due to the points from this prior season, but hear me out. Marner has been an absolute monster for the Leafs, but Nylander has a higher ceiling, especially when it comes to pure skill. He isn’t nearly as fast as Marner, but his pure playmaking ability is up there with players like Nick Backstrom and Patrick Kane.
8. T. J. Oshie, Washington Capitals
Oshie is another player who had a sub-par season this year but ended up being a huge reason behind the Capitals’ Stanley Cup run. His shooting ability led him to 8 goals and 21 points in 24 playoff games this past spring, and you can absolutely expect him to have a bounce-back regular season after a fantastic playoff performance.
7. Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins
Phil Kessel’s combination of speed and shooting ability makes him an ever-present threat in the offensive zone. He often receives scrutiny because of his attitude, but when it comes to skill, Kessel still is truly one of the best snipers in the game.
6. David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
David Pastrnak plays on arguably the best line in hockey right now alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, two incredibly talented players. By the end of Bergeron and Marchand’s careers, however, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Pastrnak become the most skilled of the three. He has incredible stickhandling ability and sees the ice on the same level as some of the most elite players in today’s game, which shows in his 80 points last season.
5. Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets
Blake Wheeler is surprisingly similar to a teammate of his who has yet to show up on this list. He has a big body and speed that you would not expect to come with it. He isn’t afraid of being matched up against the best defensemen in the league game after game, and he shows why in his production. His 91 points this year were a career high for the 31-year-old, whose closest prior season was 78 points back in the 2015-16 season.
4. Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
Two years ago, Vlad Tarasenko might have had the best shot on this list, but due to the emergence of some other stars, his rank has dropped slightly. Regardless, he is still one of the best pure shooters in the game, alongside the likes of Ovechkin, Kucherov, and Stamkos. He is similarly a power play weapon that very few other teams can compete with, and he will look to have a bounce-back year in 2018-19 after tallying only 33 goals last year.
3. Patrik Laine, Winnipeg Jets
This young Jets’ winger has all the characteristics of a superstar. He has the swagger to play with the best players in the world every night and is a threat to shoot from just about anywhere in his offensive zone. He scored a whopping 44 goals last season, and at 20 years old, his best seasons are still well ahead of him.
2. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Despite the Blackhawks’ recent recession out of the playoffs, it is still hard to argue that Patrick Kane isn’t one of the league’s best players. You could still make a case for him having the best hands and passing ability in the league, regardless of his point production this past season (76 points, still pretty unbelievable for what was a supposed “down year”).
1. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
Over the past few seasons, Nikita Kucherov has proven to be arguably the best shooter in the league, up there with only the likes of Alex Ovechkin. He has a wicked wrister that found twine 39 times last season, as well as 61 assists, to get him right to the 100-point mark. It is impossible to argue for a better right winger in the league right now, which is why Nikita Kucherov is at number one.