On Wednesday afternoon, TSN released their annual rankings of the top 50 players in the NHL.
And, for the second consecutive year, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews finished second – behind Sidney Crosby. Montreal goaltender Carey Price jumped from 24th last season up to third.
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith checked in at number 12, followed by Patrick Kane at 13 in this season’s rankings. Chicago was the only team with three players in the top 20 overall; Buffalo, Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Toronto and Winnipeg failed to have a single players crack the top 50 (Aaron Ekblad was ranked 51 for the Panthers).
Marian Hossa was the only other Blackhawks player to make the list, coming in at 46 overall.
St. Louis forward Vladimir Tarasenko made the biggest jump from being not rated last year, coming in at 14 in the 2015-16 poll. Number One overall pick Connor McDavid made the list, coming in at 37.
A selection of TSN Hockey experts and NHL general managers were surveyed and asked to project the Top 50 players in 2015-16.