Being top-180 in scoring shouldn't make you a top-six forward

Shawn Reis
May 05 2017 04:16PM

There seem to be two main thoughts when it comes to what constitutes a top-six forward in the NHL. The more traditional perspective generally seems to say that anyone that puts up 50+ points in an 82 game season is at least a top-six forward. The other perspective argues that a top-six forward is anyone that finishes top-180 in scoring (30 teams multiplied by 6 forwards is 180 forwards). Applying the second perspective to the 2016-2017 season, a top-six forward was anyone that had a .43 points per game, or 35 points over 82 games.

But while the second perspective is more logical, I've always leaned more towards the first approach. After all, you strive to be a great team and have a great offense, and I never saw guys that could only muster 35 points in the top-six of a team like Chicago or Pittsburgh. But I also never really put this idea to the test until now.

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Watch the Game Episode 36: Back to Basics

Watch The Game Podcast
May 03 2017 08:03AM

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Cam and Adam are back on the podcast as they join Sam to talk about the playoffs, Sidney Crosby and the NHL awards. 

Things get a bit weird. 

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Future Free Agents: Brian Boyle

Cam Lewis
May 03 2017 07:00AM


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Brian Boyle was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs for a pretty hefty price at this year's trade deadline. He said at the end of the team's season that he would be open to returning to Toronto, but as a 32-year-old, it's also likely going to be Boyle's final chance to make a big payday in free agency. Where will the elite fourth line centre end up? 

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Lay off the Orange Crush: Edmonton still lost the Hall for Larsson trade

Evan Presement
April 30 2017 08:00AM

Recently, talk surrounding last summer's Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson trade has picked up. Why? Well, Larsson and the Oilers are in the second round of the playoffs while Hall's Devils are focused on the draft lottery.

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Saturday Seven: And Then There Were Eight

Curtis LeBlanc
April 29 2017 11:47AM

The first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs did not go as many had expected. From the Toronto Maple Leafs giving the league-best Washington Capitals a run for their money in six games to the Nashville Predators sweeping the perennial cup-contender Chicago Blackhawks, it was heartbreaking and exhilarating for fans of the fastest game on earth.

With only eight teams remaining and second round series under way, there's been a lot to talk about in the hockey world.

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