The NHL’s High-50 Russians of All-Time

The very first Russian-born and educated participant to make it to the NHL was Victor Nechayev, whose marriage to an American girl allowed him entry into the USA. He performed one season {of professional} hockey in North America, which included three video games for the Los Angeles Kings in the course of the 1982-83 season. He even scored in certainly one of them, beginning a legacy the carries on to at the present time.

Practically a decade handed earlier than the league began to see a serious inflow of Russian gamers, and as soon as the Iron Curtain crumbled, the proverbial floodgates opened.

The NHL's Top-50 Russians of All-Time

Sergei Pryakhin was the primary Russian allowed exodus, and he promptly joined the Calgary Flames. Alexander Mogilny defected to hitch the Buffalo Sabres, and remains to be the one Russian to eclipse the 70-goal mark. Extra former Soviets would shortly turn out to be NHL superstars as properly, whereas the 1993-94 New York Rangers turned the primary group with Russian gamers to get their names inscribed on the Stanley Cup.

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Since that point, Russians are represented simply as a lot within the NHL as another nationality, so THW determined to have a look via practically 40 years of historical past (sure, we even thought of Nechayev) to find out the league’s High-50 Russians of all-time.

Right here is who we got here up with.

50. Yuri Khmylev

(Buffalo, St. Louis)

Affectionately referred to as “The Yuro-Prepare” throughout his time in Buffalo, Khmylev made his NHL debut on the age of 28. He had back-to-back 20-goal seasons in 1992-93 and 1993-94, whereas seeing occasional time alongside Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny. Khmylev ultimately turned extra of a defensively-focused participant, and would briefly be linemates with Wayne Gretzky adopted a commerce to St. Louis.

49. Igor Ulanov

(Winnipeg, Washington, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Montreal, Edmonton, New York Rangers, Florida)

Nicknamed “The Mangler” all through his profession, Ulanov was a punishing power on protection for elements of 13 seasons. At 6-foot-2 and properly over 200 kilos, he was imply and ornery however by no means received sufficient credit score for having sound positioning on the ice. Ulanov performed 739 common season video games, and chalked up 1,151 penalty minutes in that point.

48. Ilya Bryzgalov

(Anaheim, Phoenix/Arizona, Philadelphia, Edmonton, Minnesota)

Too many individuals recall Ilya Bryzgalov as being extra of an oddity, that they neglect he was additionally a proficient goaltender. He would win a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Geese in 2006-07, and ultimately turned a beginning goaltender within the league as soon as he moved onto the Coyotes and Flyers. Bryzgalov’s profession numbers got here out to 221-162-0-54, with a 2.58 goals-against common and a .912 save share.

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Ilya Bryzgalov (Icon SMI)

47. Igor Kravchuk

(Chicago, Edmonton, St. Louis, Ottawa, Calgary, Florida)

Kravchuk was strong defensively, and possessed an offensive contact as properly. In his very first NHL season (1991-92), he helped the Blackhawks attain the Stanley Cup Remaining in opposition to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He performed 11 extra seasons after that, and his best marketing campaign was the 1992-93 season with the Oilers, when he went 12-38-50 – all profession highs – in 81 video games.

46. Danil Markov

(Toronto, Phoenix/Arizona, Carolina, Philadelphia, Nashville, Detroit)

A tireless, fearless defender, Markov may take successful and provides one in return. He as soon as infamously took stitches beneath his eye with none anesthetic to be able to hold taking part in. 3 times Markov performed for groups that reached the Stanley Cup semifinal spherical throughout his 9 NHL seasons.

45. Boris Mironov

(Edmonton, Winnipeg, Chicago, New York Rangers)

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At 6-foot-3 and 220 kilos, Mironov might be a really bodily defender – particularly within the earlier a part of his profession – however he possessed a noticeable offensive upswing. He surpassed 100 penalty minutes in 4 of 11 NHL seasons, all of them occurring inside his first six campaigns. Mironov additionally scored at the least 30 factors from the again finish on six completely different events as properly.

44. Alexander Frolov

(Los Angeles, New York Rangers)

Frolov had seven good seasons on the West Coast with the Kings, however then disappeared after a season-ending ACL damage throughout his lone yr within the Large Apple. A two-time 30-goal scorer, he hit double digits in targets from 2002-03 via 2009-10 — all with Los Angeles. After his stint with the Rangers in 2010-11, Frolov completed out his profession within the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

43. Dmitri Mironov

(Toronto, Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Detroit, Washington)

He possessed an identical construct and elegance to that of his youthful brother Boris, although the eldest was the extra offensive of the 2. In 10 NHL seasons, Dmitri recorded 5 straight seasons (excluding the 1994-95 lockout) of at the least 30 factors as a blueliner. His profession excessive of 52 (13-39-52) got here in 1996-97. Mironov gained the Stanley Cup with the 1997-98 Detroit Pink Wings.

42. Oleg Tverdovsky

(Anaheim, Winnipeg, Phoenix/Arizona, New Jersey, Carolina, Los Angeles)

Although he was born in Ukraine, Tverdovsky developed his recreation in Russia, and represented the nation internationally. A extremely gifted offensive-defenseman, he recorded at the least 50 factors in a season three separate instances. Maybe finest regarded as a Duck, Tverdovsky gained two Stanley Cups in his profession: one with the 2002-03 New Jersey Devils, and one with the 2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes.

41. Maxim Afinogenov

(Buffalo, Atlanta)

When Afinogenov arrived on the scene in Buffalo in 1999-00, he appeared destined to turn out to be the following Pavel Bure. With lightning-speed and exhilarating rushes, he thrilled Sabres followers for 9 seasons. The difficulty was that as quick as Afinogenov was, his scoring couldn’t hold tempo. He by no means scored greater than 24 targets in a season, and that got here throughout his lone and ultimate NHL marketing campaign with the Atlanta Thrashers. He notched at the least 20 for Buffalo three completely different instances, however he may by no means totally harness his uncooked expertise.

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The hope was that Maxim Afinogenov would turn out to be one other Pavel Bure, however it by no means materialized. (THW Archives)

40. Andrei Kovalenko

(Quebec, Colorado, Montreal, Edmonton, Philadelphia, Carolina, Boston)

Kovalenko was nicknamed “The Tank.” Whereas standing a modest 5-foot-11, he weighed 230 kilos, and was very sturdy in entrance of the web. Kovalenko possessed a good scoring contact, and generated double digits in targets for all however certainly one of his 9 NHL seasons. His highest whole got here in 1996-97 when he potted 32 for the Oilers.

39. Alexander Karpovtsev

(New York Rangers, Toronto, Chicago, New York Islanders, Florida)

Although some dogged him later in his profession as being a “lazy” participant, Karpovtsev was nonetheless a really proficient defender. He possessed good measurement at 6-foot-2 and 200 kilos, and will contribute offensively. His best season got here in 1996-97 when he completed second amongst Rangers blueliners in scoring (9-29-38), and fed off of the play of Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and Adam Graves. He was one of many first Russians to have his named etched onto the Stanley Cup in 1994. Very sadly, Karpovtsev perished within the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl tragedy in 2011.

38. Valeri Bure

(Montreal, Calgary, Florida, St. Louis, Dallas)

Although not as high-scoring as his extra famend older brother, Valeri Bure may nonetheless put pucks dwelling. He surpassed the 20-goal plateau 5 instances throughout his profession. When Bure tallied a career-high 35 targets in 1999-00 for the Flames, he and his older brother set the NHL report (93) for many targets in a season by a pair of siblings. He completed her profession with 400 factors (174 G, 226 A) in 621 video games.

37. Alexander Semin

(Washington, Carolina, Montreal)

An extremely gifted scorer, Semin may have been one of many greats, however earned a popularity as being lackadaisical or lazy at instances. Nonetheless, his god-given expertise can’t be ignored. Semin reached double digits in 9 of his 11 seasons, and was at the least a point-per-game participant 3 times. He scored 40 targets in 73 video games for the 2009-10 Washington Capitals.

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Former Hurricanes ahead Alexander Semin (Photograph By Andy Martin Jr)

36. Artemi Panarin

(Chicago, Columbus, New York Rangers)

“The Bread Man” is about to embark on the Large Apple portion of his NHL profession, however has already established himself as one of many extra skillful Russians to have graced the league. Becoming a member of the Blackhawks in 2015-16 after seven KHL seasons, Panarin scored 30 targets and 77 factors as a rookie to win the Calder. Throughout his two seasons for the Blue Jackets, he scored at higher than a point-per-game tempo.

35. Viktor Kozlov

(San Jose, Florida, New Jersey, New York Islanders, Washington)

Kozlov was chosen sixth total in 1993 by the Sharks, and it wasn’t tough to see why. He stood 6-foot-4 and over 230 kilos in a time when larger all the time appeared higher. Kozlov would find yourself taking part in 14 seasons within the NHL, virtually half of which had been spent with the Panthers. He would rating at the least 12 targets in 11 of these campaigns, and completed his profession with 198.

34. Alexei Zhitnik

(Los Angeles, Buffalo, New York Islanders, Philadelphia, Atlanta)

Zhitnik was born in Ukraine throughout Soviet instances, however performed internationally for Russia. He may rating from the blueline and possessed a cannon of a shot as properly (although generally he had problem in hitting the web). Throughout his profession, Zhitnik performed in two Stanley Cup Remaining, however by no means gained the Cup. On Feb. 20, 2007, he turned the eighth defenseman from exterior of North America to play 1,000 common season video games.

33. Vladimir Malakhov

(New York Islanders, Montreal, New Jersey, New York Rangers, Philadelphia)

A behemoth on protection, Malakhov stood 6-foot-4 and close to the 230-pound mark. Apart from his hulking determine, he additionally possessed a number of offensive capabilities. In his rookie NHL season, Malakhov had 52 factors (14G, 38A) in 64 video games. He scored at the least 10 targets in a season 5 instances, and was certainly one of 4 Russians to win the Cup with the Devils in 1999-00.

32. Alexei Gusarov

(Quebec, Colorado, New York Rangers, St. Louis)

Gusarov was one other Soviet-era participant who made the leap to the NHL in his late-20s. He joined the Nordiques in 1990-91, and remained with the franchise on into the 2000-01 season. He had a contact of offense to his recreation, was a really robust participant, and was instrumental to the Avalanche throughout their rivalry years with Detroit. He helped the Avs win the Cup in 1995-96.

31. Sergei Samsonov

(Boston, Edmonton, Montreal, Chicago, Carolina, Florida)

After potting 22 targets for the Bruins in 1997-98, Samsonov was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Yr. He ended up scoring at the least 19 targets for the following 4 seasons after that, and helped the Edmonton Oilers attain the Stanley Cup Remaining in 2005-06, after coming over in a commerce from Boston. He recorded 235 targets throughout 13 seasons.

30. Alexander Radulov

(Nashville, Montreal, Dallas)

Alexander Radulov’s recreation has matured via his three separate chapters within the NHL. Extremely expert however aggravatingly youthful throughout his time with the Preds, he has since blossomed right into a go-to participant in Dallas. In eight years of expertise he has 346 factors, together with 140 targets, in 453 video games.

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Alexander Radulov, Dallas Stars (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

29. Igor Korolev

(St. Louis, Winnipeg, Phoenix/Arizona, Toronto, Chicago)

Korolev was one of many hardest working gamers within the recreation throughout his time. His best years got here as a member of the Maple Leafs, when he recorded double digits in targets in all 4 seasons in Toronto. Although his scoring tapered off at instances, he remained defensively accountable all through his profession. Tragically Korolev’s life was additionally minimize quick by the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl airplane crash.

28. Dmitri Yushkevich

(Philadelphia, Toronto, Florida, Los Angeles)

An outstanding shot-blocker, Yushkevich developed a popularity as being a fearless battler all through his whole profession. He grew into being a top-four defenseman, and ended up taking part in 786 common season video games. Seven of his 11 NHL seasons had been in a Maple Leafs uniform. If there was ever a defender who typified the phrase tireless, it could be Yushkevich.

27. Sergei Makarov

(Calgary, San Jose, Dallas)

Sergei Makarov was one of many biggest Soviet hockey gamers to ever lace ’em up. He was elected into the Hockey Corridor of Fame in 2016, specifically attributable to his play previous to his NHL profession. Make no mistake although, Makarov was a top-notch NHLer as properly. He gained the Calder Trophy because the league’s high rookie at 31 years outdated, which really triggered the NHL to institute an age restrict for the award. He scored 30 targets twice in his profession: as soon as with the Flames, and as soon as with the Sharks.

26. Evgeny Kuznetsov


Not solely did Kuznetsov win the Stanley Cup with the Capitals in 2018, he was the group’s main scorer within the postseason with 32 factors (12G, 20a) in 24 video games. He set profession highs within the 2017-18 season as properly, each for targets (27) and factors (83). He’s received 418 factors in 520 video games, spanning eight years of service.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

25. Sergei Nemchinov

(New York Rangers, Vancouver, New York Islanders, New Jersey)

Like Karpovtsev and two different Russians who made our listing, Nemchinov was one of many first from his nation to win the Stanley Cup, doing so with the Rangers in 1994. He gained a second title in 2000 as a member of the Devils. Nemchinov scored 30 targets in his rookie season of 1991-92, and was the primary participant in NHL historical past to play for all three “Hudson River” groups – the Rangers, Islanders and Devils.

24. Sergei Brylin

(New Jersey)

If there was a most underrated participant on our listing, it must be Sergei Brylin. He performed 12 NHL seasons, all with the Devils, and was a member of their Cup-winning groups in 1995, 2000 and 2003. Brylin’s best season got here in 2000-01, when he set profession highs in targets (23), assists (29) and factors (52).

23. Andrei Markov


Andrei Markov suffered a number of accidents in his profession, however his time spent within the NHL noticed him turn out to be some of the steadfast defenders within the league regardless. In 990 video games, he generated 572 factors (119G, 453A) from the again finish. He recorded at the least 35 assists in a single season seven instances, and twice completed within the top-10 in voting for the Norris Trophy.

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Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens, 2003 (Photograph by Bruce Bennett Studios by way of Getty Photos Studios/Getty Photos)

22. Vladimir Tarasenko

(St. Louis, New York Rangers, Ottawa)

Vladimir Tarasenko is well some of the dynamic gamers within the recreation right this moment. He scored at the least 33 targets for the Blues for 5 seasons straight. Tarasenko completed second on the group in playoff targets throughout their Cup run in 2018-19. Now that he has that Cup and is displaying no indicators of slowing down, he’ll possible have earned a a lot larger spot on our listing by the point he has retired. Many puzzled if Tarasenko may have turn out to be the primary Blues participant since 1993-94 to achieve 50 targets in a season; nevertheless, that didn’t occur.

21. Valeri Kamensky

(Quebec, Colorado, New York Rangers, Dallas, New Jersey)

Kamensky was one other key part for the Avalanche throughout their rivalry years with the Pink Wings, and one of many group’s premier scorers. When the Avs gained the Cup in 1995-96, Kamensky scored 38 targets that season, plus one other 10 in the course of the playoffs. He completed his NHL profession with 200 common season targets in 637 video games.

20. Viacheslav Fetisov

(New Jersey, Detroit)

In his youthful years, Fetisov was broadly thought of one of the best defenseman on the planet. He ultimately made his NHL debut with the 1989-90 Devils on the age of 31. He performed till the age of 40, and appeared in three Stanley Cup Finals with the Pink Wings, profitable the Cup in 1997 and 1998. Regardless of the late begin, he nonetheless managed to report 228 factors (36G, 192A) in 546 video games.

19. Evgeni Nabokov

(San Jose, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay)

Although born in Kazakhstan throughout Soviet instances, Nabokov primarily represented Russia on the worldwide scene. He gained the Calder Trophy in 2000-01 when he went 32-21-7 for the Sharks, and put forth a 2.19 goals-against and a .915 SV%. Nabokov was named to the First All-Star Workforce in 2008, and completed within the top-5 in voting for the Vezina Trophy on 5 completely different events.

18. Vladimir Konstantinov


Have been it not for the tragic accident that minimize his profession quick, Vladimir Konstantinov might have had a Corridor of Fame profession. He was nicknamed “Vlad the Impaler”, and with good cause, as there have been only a few who may test in addition to he may. Konstantinov earned the NHL Plus/Minus Award in 1995-96 with a superb plus-60, and although not overly giant, he was strong like metal, and his hits had been devastating. Konstantinov gained the Cup with the Pink Wings in 1997, and had his identify included with the 1998 group as properly.

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Defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov of the Detroit Pink Wings strikes down the ice throughout Sport 1 of the Stanley Cup Remaining in opposition to the Philadelphia Flyers (Rick Stewart /Allsport)

17. Alexei Yashin

(Ottawa, New York Islanders)

As a lot as Yashin was criticized throughout his profession for what was felt to be a failure to point out up within the playoffs, he was nonetheless a really proficient hockey participant. Contract disputes actually didn’t assist both, however Yashin scored at the least 30 targets in half of his dozen NHL campaigns. He was a Second All-Star Workforce choice in 1998-99, and completed second in voting for the Hart Trophy that season as properly.

16. Vyacheslav Kozlov

(Detroit, Buffalo, Atlanta)

A two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Pink Wings, Slava Kozlov was some of the constant scorers of his era. Taking part in elements of 18 NHL seasons, he scored at the least 20 targets in a season 11 completely different instances. Even whereas with the lowly Thrashers for his ultimate seven campaigns, Kozlov had 70-point seasons 4 instances.

15. Nikita Kucherov

(Tampa Bay)

Although nonetheless early on, it seems that Nikita Kucherov is within the strategy of assembling a Hockey Corridor of Fame profession. For six straight seasons his level totals have elevated for the Lightning. Kucherov reached the 100-point plateau each in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Scoring 128 factors (41G, 87A) in 2018-19, he earned the Artwork Ross Trophy, Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award. He has since gained two Stanley Cups, cementing his legacy in Tampa after simply seven seasons.

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Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

14. Nikolai Khabibulin

(Winnipeg, Phoenix/Arizona, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Edmonton)

Khabibulin was the primary Russian goaltender to win the Stanley Cup when he did so with the 2003-04 Tampa Bay Lightning. His 333 profession victories make him certainly one of solely 36 goalies to have recorded 300 wins. A four-time NHL All-Star, Khabibulin completed his profession with 46 profession shutouts.

13. Alexei Kovalev

(New York Rangers, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Ottawa, Florida)

Kovalev is well known some of the gifted particular person gamers to seem within the league. He gained the Stanley Cup with the Rangers in solely his sophomore NHL season. His 21 playoff factors had been third most on that specific group, behind Brian Leetch and Mark Messier. Kovalev would go on to attain 430 targets in his NHL profession.

12. Alexei Zhamnov

(Winnipeg, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston)

Nicknamed “Archie” for his crimson hair and resemblance to the comedian character, Zhamnov was an exceptionally proficient middle who was sturdy each methods. Starting along with his rookie season in 1992-93, he scored at the least 20 targets for eight consecutive seasons. Within the lockout shortened 1994-95 season, Zhamnov reached a career-high of 30 targets in solely 48 video games. Accidents slowed him down later in his profession, however his expertise was all the time frustratingly underrated.

11. Sergei Bobrovsky

(Philadelphia, Columbus, Florida )

It is extremely laborious to discover a finer goaltender, Russian or in any other case, than Sergei Bobrovsky. He’s the highest netminder on our listing, having gained the Vezina Trophy in each the 2012-13 and 2016-17 seasons. Bobrovsky’s 2.06 GAA and .931 SV% throughout 63 video games for the Blue Jackets in 2016-17 had been merely staggering, and he’s posted a profession 2.56 GAA and .916 save share, spanning 11 years so far.

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Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida Panthers (Photograph by Patrick Smith/Getty Photos)

10. Sergei Gonchar

(Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Dallas, Montreal)

There’s a probability that Sergei Gonchar receives Hockey Corridor of Fame induction someday quickly, as few Russian defenders have been extra offensively potent. He was an NHL Second All-Star Workforce choice in 2002 and 2003, and was picked to play within the All-Star Sport in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008. He twice surpassed 20 targets in a season, regardless of being a blueliner. Gonchar earned a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009, and completed his profession with 811 factors (220G, 591A) in 1,301 video games.

9. Ilya Kovalchuk

(Atlanta, New Jersey, Los Angeles)

Throughout his prime, Kovalchuk was arguably the purest sniper within the NHL. He gained the “Rocket” Richard Trophy in 2003-04 when he tallied 41 targets in 81 video games. Kovalchuk adopted that up with seasons of 52, 42, 52 and 43 respectively, earlier than dropping extra into the 30s. Had he not gone to play within the KHL from 2013-14 via 2017-18, he would have hit the 500-goal plateau a very long time in the past. Even so, he completed his NHL profession with 876 factors, together with 443 targets, in 926 video games.

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Ilya Kovalchuk, former Montreal Canadien (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

8. Igor Larionov

(Vancouver, San Jose, Detroit, Florida, New Jersey)

Larionov was generally known as “The Professor” for his mental method, his soft-spoken nature and his glasses. He was additionally one of many best hockey gamers to ever skate. Sufficient so, that all through the Eighties previous to his arrival in North America, he was regarded as a “Russian Gretzky.” Larionov gained three Stanley Cups, and was inducted into the Hockey Corridor of Fame in 2008.

7. Evgeni Malkin


In relation to sheer energy mixed with ability, there isn’t a different Russian like Evgeni Malkin – and few different gamers for that matter. At 6-foot-3 and 200 kilos, he has been a beast his whole profession however with an elite degree of expertise. Malkin has surpassed 100 factors in a season 3 times, and led the league in scoring in 2008-09 and 2011-12. He has three Stanley Cup rings, a Hart Memorial Trophy, a Calder Trophy, a Conn Smythe, and a Ted Lindsay along with his two Artwork Ross wins. in 15 years — a span of 1,063 video games — he’s received 1,229 factors on 471 targets and 758 assists.

6. Sergei Zubov

(New York Rangers, Dallas Stars)

Zubov is the highest-ranking defenseman on our listing. He was named a 2019 inductee into the Hockey Corridor of Fame. Zubov gained two Stanley Cups in his profession, first with the Rangers in 1994, after which with Dallas in 1999. Eight instances he surpassed 50 factors in a season, and led the “Blueshirts” in scoring once they ended their 54-year curse. Zubov completed his profession with 771 factors in 1,068 video games.

5. Pavel Datsyuk


Have been it not for the participant who’s ranked No. 2 our listing, we’d in all probability have thought of Datysuk one of the best all-around Russian to have ever graced the NHL. Nicknamed “The Magic Man”, he is ready to do issues with a puck that no different participant may ever duplicate. Two Stanley Cups, over 900 factors, three Selke Trophies, 4 Woman Byngs – just about each cause for Datsyuk to be within the high 5. He will certainly be inducted into the Hockey Corridor of Fame when it’s mentioned and finished.

4. Pavel Bure

(Vancouver, Florida, New York Rangers)

“The Russian Rocket” was inducted within the Hockey Corridor of Fame in 2012, and deservedly so. There was arguably no participant extra exhilarating from his era than Bure. Twice in his profession he scored 60 targets in a season. Three different instances he reached 50. Bure’s blinding pace, cannon of a shot, and pure “thrill issue” place him at fourth on our listing.

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Pavel Bure goes down in historical past as some of the electrifying gamers in hockey historical past (Photograph Credit score: Rick Stewart/Getty Photos/NHLI).

3. Alexander Mogilny

(Buffalo, Vancouver, New Jersey, Toronto)

It’s a travesty that Mogilny has not but been enshrined within the Hockey Corridor of Fame. Have been it not for hip and again accidents, his numbers would have been much more prolific. Nonetheless, Mogilny generated 1,032 factors (473 G, 559 A) in 990 video games. Eight instances he reached at the least 30 targets in a season, together with 76 in 1992-93. He additionally gained the Cup in 2000.

2. Sergei Fedorov

(Detroit, Anaheim, Columbus, Washington)

Fedorov is tops on our listing for being one of the best all-around Russian in NHL historical past, and, frankly, is without doubt one of the finest all-around gamers ever. He may play ahead or protection, or no matter approach the good Scotty Bowman selected to make the most of him. Fedorov was the primary Russian to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau. He gained three Stanley Cups, two Selke Trophies, one Hart Memorial Trophy, one Lester B. Pearson, and was inducted into the Hockey Corridor of Fame in 2015.

1. Alex Ovechkin


As every season passes, Ovechkin furthers the conclusion that he’s the NHL’s all-time biggest purpose scorer. His mark of 730 targets is creeping ever-so-much-closer to Gretzky’s mark of 894, and his five-year cope with the Capitals will take him into his 40s. He’s been (at the least) a 30-goal scorer each season of his profession, excluding 2020-21, through which he scored 24 in 45 video games throughout a pandemic-shortened season.

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Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

A sure-fire Corridor of Famer, he’s a 12-time All-Star, nine-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner, three-time Hart Trophy winner, and gained the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2017-18, the identical yr Washington captured the cup. For these causes, Ovie tops this listing.

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