A Three-Year Glance at the NHL's Top 10 in Goals, Assists, Points, Wins, Shutouts & More

Three-year NHL overview: Top 10 in goals, assists, points, even-strength points, points per 60 minutes and primary assists for skaters; and, wins, save percentage, goals-against average and shutouts for goalies.
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Who have been the NHL's most productive skaters and stingiest goalies over the past three seasons?

Let's find out.

Going back to the start of the 2015-16 season, here's a three-year overview of the NHL's top 10 in goals, assists, points, even-strength points, points per 60 minutes and primary assists for skaters; and, wins, save percentage, goals-against average and shutouts for goalies.

(Note: Statistics are through games played as of March 10, 2018.)



SKATERS

 Top 10: GOALS (since start of 2015-16)

 GP

 Goals

 1. Alex Ovechkin, Wsh

 229

  123

 2. Vladimir Tarasenko, StL

 230

106

 3. Brad Marchand, Bos

 210

  105

 T-4. Nikita Kucherov, TB

 218

  104

 T-4. Patrick Kane, Chi

 233

104

 6. Sidney Crosby, Pit

 224

102

 7. Evgeni Malkin, Pit

 184

  98

 8. Tyler Seguin, Dal

 222

  95

 9. John Tavares, NYI

 223

  92

 10. Jamie Benn, Dal

 227

  90

Top 10 Goals: No big surprises here, although seeing Marchand third overall in total goals over the past three seasons might make you look twice. Ovechkin hasn't lapped the field but he's not exactly looking over his shoulder, either. Malkin has played 45 fewer games than Ovechkin since the start of 2015-16, scoring 25 fewer goals in that span. Crunch the numbers and Ovechkin's goals-per-game rate (0.5371) comes in a whisker ahead of Malkin's (0.5326).


 Top 10: ASSISTS (since start of 2015-16)

 GP

 Assists

 1. Erik Karlsson, Ott

 221

  163

 2. Blake Wheeler, Wpg

 232

  158

 3. Patrick Kane, Chi

 233

  155

 4. Connor McDavid, Edm

 195

153

 T-5. Ryan Getzlaf, Ana

 195

  148

 T-5. Johnny Gaudreau, Cgy

 220

  148

 T-7. Nicklas Backstrom, Wsh

 224

  146

 T-7. Claude Giroux, Phi

 229

  146

 9. Sidney Crosby, Pit

 224

  145

 10. Jakub Voracek, Phi

 224

  143

Top 10 Assists:A couple of somewhat unexpected names at the top, with the only defenseman on the list, Karlsson, leading the way, followed by underappreciated playmaker Wheeler. Most people probably would've predicted Crosby to be No. 1, but the Penguins captain is down the list in ninth place. McDavid has the best assists-per-game rate (0.78) since the start of 2015-16, followed by Getzlaf (0.76)


 Top 10: POINTS (since start of 2015-16)

 GP

 Points

 1. Patrick Kane, Chi

 233

  259

 2. Sidney Crosby, Pit

 224

248

 3. Nikita Kucherov, TB

 218

239

 4. Connor McDavid, Edm

 195

232

 5. Blake Wheeler, Wpg

 232

  228

 6. Jamie Benn, Dal

 227

218

 7. Johnny Gaudreau, Cgy

 220

  216

 T-8. Evgeni Malkin, Pit

 184

  215

 T-8. Brad Marchand, Bos

 210

  215

 10. Alex Ovechkin, Wsh

 229

  212

Top 10 Points: Here's another one where you probably would've guessed Crosby, but it's Kane with the most combined points over the past three seasons. McDavid and Malkin would be in the running for top spot if they hadn't spent so much time on the sidelines.

 Top 10: EVEN-STRENGTH POINTS (since start of 2015-16)

 GP

 ESP

 1. Patrick Kane, Chi

 233

 180

 2. Connor McDavid, Edm

 195

 170

 3. Sidney Crosby, Pit

 224

 166

 T-4. Johnny Gaudreau, Cgy

 220

 155

 T-4. Artemi Panarin, Clb

 231

 155

 6. Brad Marchand, Bos

 210

 152

 7. Nikita Kucherov, TB

 218

 151

 8. Mark Scheifele, Wpg

 200

 147

 T-9. Vladimir Tarasenko, StL

 230

 146

 T-9. Blake Wheeler, Wpg

 232

 146

 T-9. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Wsh

 232

 146

Top 10 Even-Strength Points: It's Kane again, though his even-strength points per game (0.77) trails McDavid's impressive rate (0.87). For comparison's sake, Crosby's even-strength points per game since the start of 2015-16 has been 0.74. How about Panarin in a tie for fourth? It helped that he played with Kane for a couple seasons in Chicago, but he's kept up the pace this year in Columbus.


 Top 10: POINTS PER 60 MINUTES (since start of 2015-16)

 GP

 Pts/60

 1. Evgeni Malkin, Pit

 184

  3.70

 2. Connor McDavid, Edm

 195

3.44

 3. Nikita Kucherov, TB

 218

3.43

 4. Sidney Crosby, Pit

 224

  3.26

 5. Patrick Kane, Chi

 233

  3.22

 6. Brad Marchand, Bos

 210

  3.20

 7. Patrik Laine, Wpg

 141

  3.13

 8. Steven Stamkos, TB

 163

3.12

 9. Johnny Gaudreau, Cgy

 220

  3.05

 10. David Pastrnak, Bos

 192

2.97

Top 10 Points Per 60 Minutes: Malkin is making the most of his ice time, with a sizable edge in this category. Three pairs of teammates are represented – Pittsburgh's Malkin and Crosby, Tampa Bay's Kucherov and Stamkos and Boston's Marchand Pastrnak. Laine, perhaps, is the most surprising player to crack the top 10.


 Top 10: PRIMARY ASSISTS (since start of 2015-16)

 GP

 PA

 1. Blake Wheeler, Wpg

 232

 112

 2. Patrick Kane, Chi

 233

 102

 3. Ryan Getzlaf, Ana

 195

95

 4. Johnny Gaudreau, Cgy

 220

93

 5. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Wsh

 232

91

 T-6. Jakub Voracek, Phi

 224

89

 T-6. Connor McDavid, Edm

 195

89

 T-8. Erik Karlsson, Ott

 221

84

 T-8. Sidney Crosby, Pit

 224

84

 10. Artemi Panarin, Clb

 231

83

Top 10 Primary Assists: Here's yet another one where you might've guessed Crosby, but nope. He's tied for eighth, nearly 30 primary assists behind Wheeler, the best-kept secret in Winnipeg. Getzlaf might be in first if not for injuries. Kuznetsov and Panarin qualify as the most unexpected names in the top 10.

GOALTENDERS

 Top 10: WINS (since start of 2015-16)

 GP

 Wins

 1. Braden Holtby, Wsh

 177

119

 T-2. Pekka Rinne, Nsh

 177

102

 T-2. Devan Dubnyk, Min

 182

  102

 4. Tuukka Rask, Bos

 173

96

 5. Martin Jones, SJ

 178

94

 6. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR

 180

91

 T-7. Frederik Andersen, Tor

 166

88

 T-7. Cam Talbot, Edm

 184

88

 9. Sergei Bobrovsky, Clb

 155

85

 10. Corey Crawford, Chi

 141

83

Top 10 Wins: No shockers. Holtby has been a beast for the Capitals, while Rinne and Dubnyk keep winning for the Preds and Wild, respectively. Crawford might be pushing for a spot in the top three if not for injuries. (If you're wondering, Montreal's Carey Price ranks 24th with 62 wins in 117 games over the past three seasons.)

  Top 10: SAVE PERCENTAGE (75+ GP since start of 2015-16)

 GP

 Save pct.

 1. John Gibson, Ana

 142

  .924

 2. Corey Crawford, Chi

 141

.923

 T-3. Sergei Bobrovsky, Clb

 155

.922

 T-3. Antti Raanta, Ari

94

.922

 T-3. Carter Hutton, StL

77

.922

 6. Roberto Luongo, Fla

 127

.921

 T-7. Devan Dubnyk, Min

 182

.920

 T-7. Marc-Andre Fleury, Veg

 132

.920

 T-9. Jonathan Quick, LA

 138

.919

 T-9. Ben Bishop, Dal

 151

.919

 T-9. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TB

 130

.919

Top 10 Save Percentage: Wow, how about Gibson? Nobody's been better, percentage-wise, at stopping pucks over the past three seasons than the Ducks goalie. Raanta and Hutton also rank higher than you'd think, and Luongo's showing he still has something left in the tank, too.

 Top 10: GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE (75+ GP since start of 2015-16)

 GP

 GAA

 1. Carter Hutton, StL

77

 2.23

 2. John Gibson, Ana

 142

 2.27

 T-3. Ben Bishop, Dal

 151

 2.32

 T-3. Jonathan Quick, LA

 138

 2.32

 5. Antti Raanta, Ari

94

 2.33

 6. Sergei Bobrovsky, Clb

 155

 2.35

 T-7. Devan Dubnyk, Min

 182

 2.37

 T-7. Martin Jones, SJ

 178

 2.37

 T-7. Tuukka Rask, Bos

 173

 2.37

 10. Braden Holtby, Wsh

 177

 2.38

Top 10 Goals-Against Average: Hutton has the advantage of a smaller sample size, but he's still sporting a 2.23 GAA in 77 games over the past three seasons. That's impressive, backup or not. We should probably be giving more recognition to Gibson, considering he's first in save percentage and second in GAA since the start of 2015-16. And look, there's Raanta in the top five again.

 Top 10: SHUTOUTS (since start of 2015-16)

 GP

 Shutouts

 T-1. Tuukka Rask, Bos

 172

  14

 T-1. Pekka Rinne, Nsh

 177

14

 T-1. Devan Dubnyk, Min

 180

14

 T-4. Connor Hellebuyck, Wpg

 137

12

 T-4. John Gibson, Ana

 142

12

 T-4. Ben Bishop, Dal

 151

12

 T-4. Sergei Bobrovsky, Clb

 154

12

 T-4. Frederik Andersen, Tor

 165

12

 T-4. Martin Jones, SJ

 177

  12

 T-4. Braden Holtby, Wsh

 177

12

Top 10 Shutouts: Perhaps the biggest surprise is that no goalie has averaged five shutouts per season over the past three years. Granted, Rask, Rinne and Dubnyk all have a good chance, they just need one more whitewash apiece before the end of the season.

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