The NHL has a lot of players. You’d never know this from the advertising that might mention six or seven, and usually only one or two, you know who they are. Despite the dearth of mentions of other players worth noting, here’s a few to know. Some are purely fun to watch, some might give you a leg up on your next fantasy hockey league draft. Here’s a few to keep you busy
Adam Henrique: The young New Jersey Devils center has been money in the bank since his call up. He leads all rookie forwards in TOIG. He’s tied for first in assists and third in points on his team. Seems to do just about everything well.
Brad Marchand: Last weeks NHL first star is more than just a pest extraordinaire. Last years playoffs were not a fluke. Watch him handle the puck at full stick extension or two inches in front of his skates. He’s leading the Bruins in goals.
Jarome Iginla: The Calgary Flames captain may seem like an odd player to highlight given that he’s won the scoring title in the past, but It seems the only time you hear about him is when it’s October and he’s having one of his patented slow-roll starts. The guy has been just about a point per game winger his whole career, without ever having a center who could be called a top 20 NHL pivot.
Jared Cowen: Fellow rookie Adam Larsson, teammate of Henrique may be getting what press is spared on newly minted NHL defensemen but Cowen is the real deal. The six foot seven behemoth is a lot faster than many would expect, is climbing the scoring charts. He’s nearing triple digits in hits, is blocking a lot of shots and has more takeaways than giveaways.
Mike Smith: Don’t look now, but before Smith injured himself he’d climbed to #12 in save percentage and was among the league leaders with 15 wins on the season. The 15 wins had him tied with Quick and Lundquist.