Here’s some fun in the middle of this pandemic-caused stoppage. The NHL is listing the best players by position since the expansion era of 1967. This, of course, is the year that the Pittsburgh Penguins and five more teams joined the league to add to the “Original Six” franchises. Today’s task was right wings, and the top name is no surprise.
Jaromir Jagr (@68Jagr) takes the top spot on @NHLdotcom's Super 16 right wings of the NHL expansion era!— NHL (@NHL) May 7, 2020
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Here was the writeup on Jagr:
Jagr is the most decorated right wing in NHL history and is top five all-time in several statistical categories. He is first in game-winning goals (135), second in points (1,921), third in goals (766) and games played (1,733), fifth in assists (1,155) and fifth in points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (201). Jagr won the Stanley Cup twice with the Pittsburgh Penguins (1991, 1992), and the Hart Trophy in 1998-99. He won the Art Ross Trophy five times (1995, 1998-2001), and was named to the NHL First All-Star Team seven times (1995, 1996, 1998-2001, 2006). He averaged 1.11 points per game.
Other former Penguins who made the list include Mark Recchi at nine. Rick Tocchet also received a vote but didn’t make the list.
Short time trade pickups for Pittsburgh in Jarome Iginla (8) and Marian Hossa (12) also made the top 16.
Here’s how Jagr responded on his instagram to the honor:
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Nerad se chlubím, vim moc dobře, že pýcha předchází pád. Uvědomuji si, že bez Boha, rodičů a lidí kteří mi pomohli, bych nikdy nic nedokázal , ale dnes udělám výjimku. 13 novinářů NHL hlasovalo o nejlepší prave křídlo od 1967-2020. 10 z nich mi dalo na první misto. Děkuji. Moc si toho vážím
The rough translation looks like this:
I don’t like to brag, I know very well that pride precedes the fall. I realize that without God, my parents, and the people who helped me, I would never have been able to do anything, but I will make an exception today. 13 NHL journalists voted for the best right wing from 1967-2020. 10 of them put me first. Thank you. I really appreciate it
This list should be fun, especially center. You would have to think the NHL won’t repeat the blunder of leaving Evgeni Malkin off their list this time :), which would make four at least four Pens (66, 87, 71, and 10) as no doubters there.