This is good for seventh all-time. Runners-up: Maurice “The Rocket” Richard, John Bucyk, Bobby Hull, Mike Modano. This week, the staff at The Athletic NHL laid out the best players to wear every jersey number in NHL history. Meaning that even if a player is considered to be a superior player but only wore a given number for one season they will likely be passed over. This is a private listing and your identity will not be disclosed to anyone except the seller. One of the very best American players to ever play the game, Patrick Kane has been one of the most exciting players to watch since being drafted in 2007.
This spot will likely belong to Matt Duchene in a few years. That is partially due to the influence of the man chosen as the best to ever wear the number, “Mr. The city doesn't have a Division 1 team, but thanks to the success of the Lightning, it has become a repeat destination for the men's Frozen Four. Pierre Pilote was one of the NHL’s best defencemen in the 1950s. Jose Theodore owns the number 60.
He scored at least 20 goals six times in his career, finishing with 717 points. Corey Crawford won the Stanley Cup twice with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015. His 16-year career had its ups and downs but his performance in 2001-02 would probably lock up this spot by itself. Runners-up: Claude Lemieux, Jonathan Quick, Murray Craven. Runners-up: Brian Campbell, Valtteri Filppula.
Only eight players have laid claim to the number.
Lafleur won five Stanley Cups with the Habs and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988. P.K. A six-time all-star, Iginla is the franchise leader in points for the Calgary Flames, having scored 1,095 points for the team. His 57 points doesn’t look like it would be enough to find yourself here but having only seven players ever to have worn 78 helps his case a great deal. Evgenii Dadonov has performed as a true frontline NHLer for three seasons. One of the great goalies in the history of the game, Ken Dryden is the best to ever wear number 29.
John Davidson wore 00 for the New York Rangers during the 1977-78 season. Liles always wore No.
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A Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins, Schmidt also won the Hart Trophy in 1951 and the scoring title in 1940.
He revolutionized the ‘butterfly style’ of goaltending, a change still being felt to this day. He won two Norris trophies and lead the Ottawa Senators to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals in 2016-17. Runners-up: Jared Spurgeon, Andrei Kostitsyn. One of the jewels of Shutt’s personal collection was Peter Stastny’s 1976 Canada Cup jersey.
Another number with little competition, Mikael Granlund walks away with number 64. This amount is subject to change until you make payment.
One of the absolute weakest entries on the list, Marc Pouliot gets the edge despite being a draft bust. He can still fortify his position as the best player to don the number 50 if he can return to form in 2019-20. His years of playing alongside Wayne Gretzky for the Edmonton Oilers helped him pile up the points and he finished his career with 601 goals and 1,398 points. Despite recent injury woes, Erik Karlsson has been the best defenceman in the NHL for the last decade. While Brad Marchand is known around the league as the biggest pest in the game, it cannot be denied that he is also one of the league’s best. Best known for his outstanding face-off ability, Bergeron has earned himself three Selke trophies and a Stanley Cup. Number 19 sits right behind number 9 when looking at the list great players to have donned the number. Joe Nieuwendyk put together a very respectable 564 goals and 562 assists in his career. Larry Murphy started wearing number 55 when he moved from Minnesota to Pittsburgh and continued to score at a consistent pace. All rights reserved.
Ryder scored 431 points while wearing it.
Marian Hossa wore the number 81 with the Blackhawks and that’s where he won his three Stanley Cups. Sergei Makarov makes this one close with his Calder Trophy, but his short career keeps him from this spot. Among them, Mikhail Grabovski is the only one to score 20 goals in three different seasons.
Most recently in the NHL with St. Louis Blues. Since his return to the NHL in 2016-17 he has been a very good player for Montreal and Dallas. He won the Selke Trophy in the 1992-93 season and put up 1,414 points across his 20 season career.
He finished his career with 757 points and having won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Colorado Avalanche respectively.
Runners-up: Ryan Reaves, Leroy Goldsworthy. Mario Lemieux stands as one of the very best players to ever play the game.