3 Penguins Make NHL Network's 'Best 50 Players' List

By Jason Hall

September 7, 2021

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Three Pittsburgh Penguins were included among NHL Network's list of the league's 50 best players through rankings 50-31.

Defenseman Kris Letang ranked No. 46 overall, left wing Jake Guentzel ranked No. 42 overall and center Evgeni Malkin ranked No. 33 overall, as listed on NHL Network's verified Twitter account.

Malkin scored 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in 33 appearances during the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 NHL season.

Guentzel recorded 57 points (23 goals, 34 assists) in 56 appearances last season.

Letang scored 45 points (seven goals, 38 assists), which ranked fourth among all NHL defensemen last season.

Additionally, longtime former Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury ranked No. 37 on NHL Network's '50 best players' list.

Fleury, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2021, spent the past four seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights before being traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in July.

A full list of Nos. 50-31 is included below:

  • 50. Carey Price- Montreal Canadiens
  • 49. Alex Debrincat- Chicago Blackhawks
  • 48. Matthew Tkachuk- Calgary Flames
  • 47. Max Pacioretty- Vegas Golden Knights
  • 46. Kris Letang- Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 45. Nicklas Backstrom- Washington Capitals
  • 44. Shea Theodore- Vegas Golden Knights
  • 43. Seth Jones- Chicago Blackhawks
  • 42. Jake Guentzel- Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 41. John Tavares- Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 40. Kyle Connor- Winnipeg Jets
  • 39. Mike Zibanejad- New York Rangers
  • 38. Elias Pettersson- Vancouver Canucks
  • 37. Marc-Andre Fleury- Chicago Blackhawks
  • 36. John Carlson- Washington Capitals
  • 35. Kirill Kaprizov- New Jersey Devils
  • 34. Dougie Hamilton- New Jersey Devils
  • 33. Evvgeni Malkin- Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 32. Miro Heiskanen- Dallas Stars
  • 31. Charlie McAvoy- Boston Bruins
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