What a month it has been for the NHL and its fans! It saw four outdoor games, many changes in the standings, and tons of
exciting games. Here is my NHL Player Rankings for the month. I base it on statistics and fantasy output as well as my opinion on how well they have helped their team win games. Their December Ranking is in brackets.
1. Sidney Crosby, PIT (1)
Although he has hit some rough patches recently (3 scoreless games since January 11), Crosby is playing like an MVP should and is clearly dominating the scoring charts. His 74 points on the season is ten more than the next best scorer in the league. He is averaging about 1.5 points per game on home ice and will win the Hart Trophy without a question if he keeps it up.
2. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA (3)
The Ducks are having a legendary season and he is a huge reason because of it. However, his biggest test will come in the playoffs when we will see if he is able to lead Anaheim past the tough Western Conference teams and back into the Stanley Cup Finals.
3. John Tavares, NYI (4)
Despite his team’s lack of success, Tavares seems to always give the Islanders hope. Not only has he given them a chance in every game, but he is also making the players around him better.
4. Corey Perry, ANA (6)
Part of the Ducks’ unstoppable 1-2 punch, Perry has his 50-goal form back, and with Getzlaf healthy, it can be deadly.
5. Alex Ovechkin, WSH (10)
After putting on a four point show in Buffalo, one can sense that Ovechkin is trying to take his team by the horns and finally go deep in the postseason.
6. Taylor Hall, EDM (13)
It has nothing short of a crazy season so far for Hall, last year’s snubbed All-Star. After a bad first quarter to the season, he has been improving ever since and is now really turning on the jets with 9 points in his last 6 games.
7. Henrik Zetterberg, DET (38)
Zetterberg is on fire and picking up points like crazy. However, his team is not performing to its high standards and Zetterberg’s true test will be if he can turn around their fortunes as captain even if there have been a lot of injuries.
8. Erik Karlsson, OTT (12)
After racking up an unprecedented 34 minutes on January 23rd, Karlsson starting to return to that huge potential that we only saw flashes of so far this season. He is a big reason why the Sens are doing well as of late.
9. Eric Staal, CAR (30)
He is likely playing well as of late because of his motivation to show that he should have made Team Canada, but Staal has great hockey reume and this hot streak may not be just temporary.
10. Phil Kessel, TOR (21)
The success of the Torornto Maple Leafs this season is like a sinusoidal graph, it goes up and down. However, right now they are trending up and it seems that always happens when Kessel is on a hot streak.