Is Nico hardly a top 100 skater? really?

Final week, on Twitter, J Contemporary Followers have taken surveys on who’re the most effective gamers within the NHL in varied areas. After finishing every particular person skater place, he then mixed the outcomes for the highest 100 skaters as voted on by individuals. As he indicated, 1000’s of various individuals voted on this. In fact, we’ll by no means know the fan base of those 1000’s and their inclinations, nevertheless it’s nonetheless attention-grabbing to see any hockey fanatics (and should be fanatics to vote on the hockey participant rankings on the finish of the summer time) contemplating who the league’s finest gamers are.

High 100 years outcomes may be present in This tweet is right here. Here’s a screenshot of the graph:

On this graph, you will notice 4 New Jersey Devils gamers who made the checklist. For a group that may’t get out of their very own manner, that is not a nasty factor for all issues thought of. 32 groups x 4 gamers equals 128 gamers, so the Devils have greater than the typical illustration. Jack Hughes beats the Devils at forty first total and was ranked eleventh finest within the league by the JFresh ballot, so individuals are excessive, as they need to be. The expertise is clearly there, and there may be nonetheless room for additional enchancment, so the upside, coupled actually with the excessive floor, is spectacular.

Subsequent, Dougie Hamilton ranked forty seventh within the ballot, and because the fifteenth finest defensive participant. Given his damage final season, it is onerous to argue with that total. He might have ranked greater final summer time after some actual high quality seasons in Carolina, however a shortened 12 months would not assist, even when he did effectively whereas he was. After Dougie, Jesper Bratt is ranked 73rd within the total standings and thirteenth among the many proper wing. In the event you have a look at final season alone, that is an enormous insult to him. He was, given what I noticed final 12 months, a prime 5-7 proper winger and a prime 50 NHLer, if not higher (the highest 5 right-wing gamers on this ballot have been Kucherov, Marner, Rantanen, Pastrnak and Kane. These argue, then it was Stamkos 6). On condition that we right here at AATJ thought of him the most effective participant on the group this 12 months, we would have put him above Jack at forty first. Nonetheless, bear in mind he solely confirmed that dominance for one season, and that must be given some benefit. If he can repeat what he simply did subsequent season as effectively, I feel his inventory will bounce massively amongst those that fill out these surveys.

Lastly, and in my view, Nico Hescher was extra legit than Pratt at 73, coming in at 94, and simply making the highest 100. He is additionally ranked twenty eighth finest within the league, which is one other horrible slight. Have a look at the opposite names which are straight above him at 94. Followers who took half on this ballot take into account him to be on the identical degree, or worse than, Ryan Bullock, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Trevor Zegras, and Pavel Bukhnevich. These are the skaters ranked 93-90, respectively. I am sorry, however I take Niko on all 4 of them, and no dialogue. Kuznetsov has struggled his profession thus far, solely getting 78 factors in 79 common season video games final 12 months, however I nonetheless take Niko at 23 versus Kuznetsov at 30, particularly since Evgeni will get most of his factors from assists. He performs the best scorer of our technology. I do not suppose I even want to herald Pulock, and Buchnevich is type of like Pratt in that he had a dominant 12 months final season, in any other case he was good however not nice in New York. Zegras may very well be a stalker and he is somebody you may wish to argue about taking over Nico, however on the age of 21 and with little or no NHL expertise, he is an actual wild card.

I feel it is actually true that those that do not watch Nico regularly and do not observe the group as intently as we followers do, do not understand how good Nico actually is. Like, let’s bounce 30 positions within the rankings right here. #64 is Kevin Fiala, 65 is Brady Tkachuk, and 66 is Ryan O’Reilly. Would you like Nico above all or any of those individuals? I can positively argue with him about any of those three, and I am positive you possibly can too. Now, proper above them, I feel he is beginning to get a bit crowded with expertise. Quantity 63 is William Nylander, 62 is Mark Shevelle, and 61 is Patrick Lane. Nylander and Scheifele are smitten in my view, and Laine may be a controversial participant, however you possibly can’t deny his expertise. Now, you’d nonetheless need Nico on some or all of those guys, however he positive comes shut. However that is only one factor. I might say the query of who’s going to take him, Nico or anybody else, is beginning to get difficult at 63. Nico ranks quantity 94 on this checklist. At a minimal, this reduces the Demon Chief’s worth by 30 locations within the rating.

Now, you may additionally wish to direct another criticism. I am positive all of us can. One other one, for instance, is that Jonas Siegenthaler, the Devils’ finest defender final season, shouldn’t be on this checklist. He is ranked #85 amongst NHL Defenders, to not point out making the highest 100 total. In the meantime, Damon Severson ranked No. 57 among the many males of protection, so it is clear that Siegenthaler was slept by the general public who took this ballot. One other robust season of it and issues ought to change. You may even argue that Siegenthaler’s place is decrease than Niko’s, and that will be an excellent argument. However after I first checked out this, my preliminary shock was at Niko’s low rating, and the way clearly individuals exterior of New Jersey do not view it the way in which we do. Will that change? Nice query, however solely time will inform.