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Though there is no debate over who the best player to wear that number is, there are 98 other numbers with more than one worthy candidate. That is where the “NHL’s Who Wore It Best?” comes in.

NHL.com writers and editors have cast their votes, each selecting his or her top three for each number, with the top vote-getter receiving three points, second place receiving two points and third place receiving one point.

[RELATED: Who wore it best? Hockey writers, broadcasters & insiders vote for top players to wear uniform numbers 1-99]

Candidates will be debated, and the winners revealed, in a weekly, five-part series first airing on Sportsnet, NHL.com and League platforms each Friday at 5 p.m. ET, and re-airing each Tuesday on NBCSN (5 p.m. ET) and NHL Network (6:30 p.m. ET). NHL.com will provide the list of winners each Friday at 5:30 p.m ET following the premiere of each episode, beginning this week.

Today, we look at Nos. 80-61:

No. 80 — Nik Antropov

Seasons worn: Toronto Maple Leafs 2003-09; New York Rangers 2009; Atlanta Thrashers 2009-11; Winnipeg Jets 2011-13

Career stats: 465 points (193 goals, 272 assists) in 788 games

Voting points: 47 (11-7-0)

The skinny: This was the closest race in the 80s with Antropov edging Kevin Weekes by six points. The center had three seasons in which he scored at least 20 goals, including an NHL career-high 28 in 81 games with the Maple Leafs and Rangers in 2008-09.

Fun fact: When Owen Nolan was acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade with the San Jose Sharks in March 2003, Antropov decided to change from No. 11 (Nolan’s number with the Sharks) to No. 80, the year he was born.

Others receiving votes: Kevin Weekes, 41 (7-9-2); Geoff Sanderson, 11 (1-0-8); Ilya Bryzgalov, 7 (0-1-5); Antoine Vermette, 3 (0-1-1); Chris Stewart, 2 (0-0-2).

Analysis: “Antropov was my choice for No. 80 because of his imposing two-way nature. He could play up and down the lineup and contributed when needed consistently for more than a decade in the NHL.” — Rob Reese, NHL.com fantasy editor

No. 79 — Andrei Markov

Seasons worn: Montreal Canadiens 2000-17

Career stats: 572 points (119 goals, 453 assists) in 990 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)

The skinny: Markov had seven seasons with at least 40 points, three with at least 50 points, and an NHL career-high 64 points (12 goals, 52 assists) in 78 games in 2008-09.

Fun fact: Markov is the only player in Canadiens history to wear No. 79.

Others receiving votes: Alexei Yashin, 29 (0-13-3); Micheal Ferland, 17 (0-3-11); Carter Hart, 8 (0-2-4)

Analysis: “Andrei Markov was one of the NHL’s most complete defensemen for most of the 2000s and 2010s. He was solid in his own end, and good enough offensively to reach double figures in goals six times.” — John Kreiser, NHL.com managing editor

Video: OTT@MTL: Markov rockets home PPG for second of game

No. 78 — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

Seasons worn: Philadelphia Flyers 2014-17

Career stats: 87 points (38 goals, 49 assists) in 454 games

Voting points: 40 (10-4-2)

The skinny: Bellemare, who was never drafted and didn’t make his NHL debut until he was 29 years old, has made a career out of being a defensive-minded center, although this season he has a career-high 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 69 games with the Colorado Avalanche.

Fun fact: Bellemare was issued No. 78 when he arrived at training camp with the Flyers and kept it during his three seasons in Philadelphia. He switched to No. 41 after the Vegas Golden Knights selected him in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, and stayed with it after signing with the Avalanche as a free agent on July 1, 2019.

Others receiving votes: Marc-Antoine Pouliot, 31 (5-5-6); Pavol Demitra, 29 (4-7-3); Benn Ferriero, 2 (0-0-2); Filip Chlapik, 2 (0-0-2); Beau Bennett, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “Bellemare has been a reliable shutdown forward who has averaged 2:16 of shorthanded ice time per game in his NHL career and won more than 50 percent of his face-offs (50.3).” — David Satriano, NHL.com staff writer

No. 77 — Ray Bourque

Seasons worn: Boston Bruins 1987-2000; Colorado Avalanche 2000-01

Career stats: 1,579 points (410 goals, 1,169 assists) in 1,612 games

Voting points: 56 (18-1-0)

The skinny: Bourque won the Norris Trophy five times and was voted to the NHL First All-Star Team 13 times in his 22 NHL seasons. After being traded by Boston to Colorado late in the 1999-2000 season, he finally won the Stanley Cup in 2001 before retiring shortly thereafter. Among defensemen in NHL history, Bourque ranks first in goals, assists, points and power-play goals (173), and third in playoff points with 180 (41 goals, 139 assists) in 214 games.

Fun fact: Bourque played his first eight NHL seasons wearing No. 7 before famously switching to No. 77 on Dec. 3, 1987, when the Bruins retired No. 7 in honor of Phil Esposito. The Bruins retired Bourque’s No. 77 on Oct. 4, 2011, and the Avalanche followed suit on Nov. 24, 2001.

Others receiving votes: Paul Coffey, 35 (1-15-2); Victor Hedman, 12 (0-1-10); Pierre Turgeon, 5 (0-1-3); Phil Esposito, 4 (0-1-2); Adam Oates, 1 (0-0-1); T.J. Oshie, 1 (0-0-1)

Analysis: “I lost sleep over this one. I’m with Ray Bourque at 77 also, but I can’t believe I’m uttering a sentence and saying that Paul Coffey was not the best player to ever wear that number, because he was so special. But Bourque won the Norris Trophy five times, and I think the difference between the two players was Raymond was a better defender. Raymond was an elite defender. Paul was a good defender.” — Brian Burke, former NHL executive and current Sportsnet analyst

Video: Ray Bourque capped career with dramatic Cup in 2001

No. 76 — P.K. Subban

Seasons worn: Montreal Canadiens 2010-16; Nashville Predators 2016-19; New Jersey Devils 2019-present

Career stats: 426 points (105 goals, 321 assists) in 713 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)

The skinny: Subban won the Norris Trophy during the lockout-shortened season in 2012-13, when he had 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 42 games with the Canadiens. He followed that with three straight seasons with at least 51 points, including an NHL career-high 60 (15 goals, 45 assists) in 2014-15. Subban also played a key role in helping the Predators advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017.

Fun fact: Subban wasn’t the first player in Canadiens history to wear No. 76 — forward Jozef Balej wore it for four games in 2004 — but he is the only player in the history of the Predators and Devils to wear it.

Others receiving votes: Brady Skjei, 23 (0-11-1); Radek Bonk, 16 (0-5-6); Chris VandeVelde, 7 (0-2-3); Andrew Peters, 5 (0-0-5); Dustin Penner, 1 (0-0-1).

Analysis: “The No. 76 has only been worn by a few dozen players, and Subban stands out the most for his body of work on ice as well as his personality off it.” — David Satriano, NHL.com staff writer

No. 75 — Hal Gill

Seasons worn: Boston Bruins 1997-98; Montreal Canadiens 2009-12; Nashville Predators 2012-13; Philadelphia Flyers 2013-14

Career stats: 184 points (36 goals, 148 assists) in 1,108 games

Voting points: 52 (15-3-1)

The skinny: Gill is one of 66 defensemen in NHL history to play in at least 1,100 games, and he won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.

Fun fact: Gill wore No. 75 as a rookie with the Bruins, but he didn’t wear it again until signing as a free agent with the Canadiens on July 1, 2009. He wore No. 25 with the Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as No. 2 with the Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Others receiving votes: Ryan Reaves, 34 (2-13-2); Walt Poddubny, 16 (2-3-4); Connor Clifton, 4 (0-0-4); Yann Danis, 1 (0-0-1); Radko Gudas, 1 (0-0-1); Brett Lindros, 1 (0-0-1); Leroy Goldsworthy, 1 (0-0-1).

Analysis: “The shutdown defenseman wore No. 75 in the early part of his career before returning to it later on, and he remained a steady option against the opposition because of his imposing size and strength (6-foot-7, 243 pounds).” — Mike G. Morreale, NHL.com staff writer

No. 74 — John Carlson

Seasons worn: Washington Capitals 2010-present

Career stats: 478 points (105 goals, 373 assists) in 757 games

Voting points: 55 (17-2-0)

The skinny: Carlson led NHL defensemen in points with 75 (15 goals, 60 assists) before the season was paused on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, his second straight season with at least 70 points. He also had 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 24 playoff games in 2018 to help the Capitals win the Stanley Cup for the first time in their history.

Fun fact: Carlson has worn No. 74 in each of his 11 NHL seasons. Current Capitals teammate T.J. Oshie, who finished second in the voting, wore No. 74 with the St. Louis Blues from 2009-15, but switched to No. 77 after being traded to Washington on July 2, 2015.

Others receiving votes: T.J. Oshie, 30 (1-11-5); Jaccob Slavin, 14 (0-4-6); Jay McKee, 9 (0-1-7); Paul Coffey, 3 (1-0-0); Jake DeBrusk, 2 (0-1-0).

Analysis: “The transformation of Carlson over the past three seasons has been something special. Add the championship to his resume from 2018 and he’s suddenly become arguably the second most important Capitals skater behind Alex Ovechkin.” — Pete Jensen, NHL.com senior fantasy editor

Video: LAK@WSH: Carlson wrists puck home on rush

No. 73 — Michael Ryder

Seasons worn: Montreal Canadiens 2003-08; Boston Bruins 2008-11; Dallas Stars 2011-13; Montreal Canadiens 2013

Career stats: 484 points (237 goals, 247 assists) in 806 games

Voting points: 48 (13-3-3)

The skinny: Ryder had an NHL career-high 63 points (25 goals, 38 assists) in 81 games with the Canadiens as a rookie in 2003-04, and he went on to score at least 30 goals three other times. Ryder also had 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 25 playoff games in 2011, when he helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1972.

Fun fact: Ryder wore No. 73 until the last two seasons of his career, when he switched to No. 17 with the New Jersey Devils.

Others receiving votes: Tyler Toffoli, 39 (6-9-3); Charlie McAvoy, 17 (0-4-9); Pavel Kubina, 4 (0-1-2); Brendan Gallagher, 2 (0-1-0); Jack Johnson, 2 (0-1-0); Brandon Pirri, 1 (0-0-1).

Analysis: “Trailblazers should be remembered and that is Ryder, who has more goals and points than any NHL player from Newfoundland, which has sent 27 players to the NHL.” — Shawn P. Roarke, NHL.com Senior Director of Editorial

No. 72 — Sergei Bobrovsky

Seasons worn: Columbus Blue Jackets 2012-19; Florida Panthers 2019-present

Career stats: 278-172-43, 2.54 GAA, .917 save percentage in 507 games

Voting points: 54 (16-3-0)

The skinny: Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy as the League’s top goaltender twice with the Blue Jackets (2012-13, 2016-17), and he also helped them win a Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first time in their history when they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2019 Eastern Conference First Round. He has won at least 30 games five times, including an NHL career-high 41 in 2016-17, and has had a save percentage of at least .921 four times. Among goaltenders to play at 200 games since 2013-14, Bobrovsky is fourth in wins (215) and tied for ninth in save percentage (.917).

Fun fact: Bobrovsky wore No. 35 with the Philadelphia Flyers during his first two NHL season before switching to No. 72 when he was traded to Columbus on June 22, 2012. Bobrovsky is the only player to have worn No. 72 with Columbus, but when he signed with Florida on July 1, 2019, the number belonged to forward Frank Vatrano. However, Vatrano traded it to Bobrovsky for a watch and free dinners for one year.

Others receiving votes: Patric Hornqvist, 28 (0-10-8); Artemi Panarin, 13 (1-3-4); Mathieu Schneider, 12 (1-3-3); Ron Hextall, 3 (1-0-0); Erik Cole, 2 (0-0-2); Thomas Chabot, 2 (0-0-2).

Analysis: “Bobrovsky ushered in a turning point for the Blue Jackets by helping them reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs in four of his seven seasons in Columbus. His regular season performance with the Blue Jackets was consistently among the top-10 goalies in the League.” — Rob Reese, NHL.com fantasy editor

No. 71 — Evgeni Malkin

Seasons worn: Pittsburgh Penguins 2006-present

Career stats: 1,076 points (416 goals, 660 assists) in 907 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)

The skinny: Malkin won the Calder Trophy as the League’s top rookie in 2006-07, the Hart Trophy as NHL most valuable player in 2011-12, the Art Ross Trophy as the League leader in regular-season points in 2008-09 and 2011-12, and the Conn Smythe Trophy voted as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2009. Malkin has also won the Stanley Cup three times with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009, 2016, 2017).

Fun fact: Malkin wore No. 71 for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the Russian Superleague (predecessor to the Kontinental Hockey League) and kept it when he came to the Penguins when Konstantin Koltsov, who wore No. 71 in 2005-06, wasn’t tendered a contract and returned to Russia.

Others receiving votes: Nick Foligno, 26 (0-11-4); Dylan Larkin, 18 (0-5-8); William Karlsson, 4 (0-1-2); Wendel Clark, 2 (0-1-0); Mike Ribeiro, 2 (0-1-0); J-P Dumont, 2 (0-0-2); Mike Foligno, 1 (0-0-1); Jiri Slegr, 1 (0-0-1); Anthony Cirelli, 1 (0-0-1).

Analysis: “Malkin is one of the true no-brainers on the list.” — Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com staff writer

Video: PHI@PIT: Malkin scores from side of net

No. 70 — Braden Holtby

Seasons worn: Washington Capitals 2010-present

Career stats: 282-122-46, 2.53 GAA, .916 save percentage, 468 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)

The skinny: Holtby helped Washington win its first Stanley Cup championship in 2018 after being replaced by Philipp Grubauer as the Capitals No. 1 at the start of the playoffs. He relieved Grubauer in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round and never looked back, going 16-7 with a 2.16 GAA and .922 save percentage. Holtby won the Vezina Trophy as the League’s top goaltender in 2015-16, when he tied Martin Brodeur for the most wins in a season in NHL history with 48. Since 2013-14, Holtby has the most wins the League with 245, 20 more than Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins.

Fun fact: Holtby is the second goalie in NHL history to wear No. 70 behind Tim Thomas, who wore it during a brief stint with the Bruins in 2003.

Others receiving votes: Tanner Pearson, 32 (0-14-4); Joonas Korpisalo, 16 (0-2-12); Oleg Tverdovsky, 4 (0-1-2); Oskar Sundqvist, 3 (0-1-1); Tim Thomas, 2 (0-1-0).

Analysis: “Holtby has been a reliable machine for the Capitals for a half-decade.” — Brian Compton, NHL.com deputy managing editor

No. 69 — Andrew Desjardins

Seasons worn: San Jose Sharks 2011-12

Career stats: 64 points (23 goals, 41 assists) in 408 games

Voting points: 50 (16-1-0)

The skinny: Desjardins signed his first pro contract to play with Laredo in the Central Hockey League, parlayed that into a contract with Phoenix in the ECHL, and eventually landed with Worcester in the American Hockey league, the affiliate of the Sharks. He made his NHL debut on Jan. 3, 2011, and played seven seasons in the League, including winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015 (wearing No. 11).

Fun fact: Desjardins and forward Melvin Angelstad (two games with the Washington Capitals in 2003-04) are the only players in NHL history to wear No. 69.

Others receiving votes: Melvin Angelstad, 28 (1-12-1)

Analysis: “Desjardins is one of two NHL players in history to have worn this number, and the gritty forward had some good seasons wearing it with the San Jose Sharks.” — Tracey Myers, NHL.com staff writer

No. 68 — Jaromir Jagr

Seasons worn: Pittsburgh Penguins 1990-2001; Washington Capitals 2001-04; New York Rangers 2004-08; Philadelphia Flyers 2011-12; Dallas Stars 2013; Boston Bruins 2013; New Jersey Devils 2013-15; Florida Panthers 2015-17; Calgary Flames 2017

Career stats: 1,921 points (766 goals, 1,155 assists) in 1,733 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)

The skinny: Jagr ranks first in NHL history in game-winning goals (135), second in points, third in goals and games played, and fifth in assists and points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (201). He won the Stanley Cup twice with the Penguins (1991, 1992), the Hart Trophy as NHL most valuable player once (1998-99), and the Art Ross Trophy as the League leader in regular-season points five times (1994-95, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01). Jagr is still playing professionally in the Czech Republic at the age of 48.

Fun fact: Jagr was the first player in NHL history to wear No. 68. He did so in honor of 1968, the year Soviet tanks stormed into Czechoslovakia to quell the Prague Spring insurgency.

Others receiving votes: Mike Hoffman, 33 (0-14-5); Ziggy Palffy, 13 (0-5-3); Melker Karlsson, 7 (0-0-7); Victor Olofsson, 2 (0-0-2); Yannick Weber, 1 (0-0-1).

Analysis: “Jagr wore the same number for nine teams over 24 NHL seasons as he evolved from hotshot to superstar to graybeard. He is as synonymous with No. 68 as just about any player is with any number.” — Nicholas J. Cotsonika, NHL.com columnist

Video: Jaromir Jagr second on NHL points list

No. 67 — Max Pacioretty

Seasons worn: Montreal Canadiens 2009-18; Vegas Golden Knights 2018-present

Career stats: 554 points (280 goals, 274 assists) in 763 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)

The skinny: Pacioretty has been one of the League’s most consistent goal-scorers since 2011-12, ranking eighth with 260 goals during that span. He has scored at least 30 goals and 60 points in six seasons of those nine seasons, including 32 goals and 66 points in 71 games before this season was paused on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

Fun fact: Pacioretty is the only player in Canadiens history to wear No. 67.

Others receiving votes: Michael Frolik, 24 (0-8-8); Rickard Rakell, 23 (0-9-5); Benoit Pouliot, 9 (0-2-5).

Analysis: “The intangibles Max Pacioretty brings as a competitor in addition to his six 30-goal seasons in the NHL puts him over the top as the best to wear No. 67. He was captain of the Montreal Canadiens for three seasons and has had a similar influence as an alternate captain for the Vegas Golden Knights.” — Jon Lane, NHL.com staff writer

No. 66 — Mario Lemieux

Seasons worn: Pittsburgh Penguins 1984-94, 1995-97, 2000-05

Career stats: 1,723 points (690 goals, 1,033 assists) in 915 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)

The skinny: Lemieux averaged 1.88 points per game, second in NHL history behind Wayne Gretzky’s 1.92. He is 11th in goals, 12th in assists, and eighth in points despite being limited to 915 games because of injuries and cancer. He won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy voted most valuable player of the playoffs in each of those seasons. Lemieux also won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP three times (1987-88, 1992-93, 1995-96) and the Art Ross Trophy as the League leader in regular-season points six times (1987-88, 1988-89, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1995-96, 1996-97).

Fun fact: Lemieux reportedly wore No. 66 at the suggestion of his agent (it’s Wayne Gretzky’s No. 99 flipped upside down). He was the second player in NHL history to wear No. 66 behind Milan Novy, a forward who wore it with the Washington Capitals in 1982-83. The Penguins retired Lemieux’s No. 66 on Nov. 19, 1997, though he came out of retirement in 2000.

Others receiving votes: Joshua Ho-Sang, 12 (0-4-4); Gino Odjick, 12 (0-4-4); TJ Brodie, 11 (0-5-1); Milan Novy, 7 (0-3-1); Yanick Dupre, 2 (0-0-2)

Analysis: “Lemieux made No. 66. It’s his and his alone.” — William Douglas, NHL.com staff writer

Video: Mario Lemieux scored 100 points 10 different times

No. 65 — Erik Karlsson

Seasons worn: Ottawa Senators 2009-18; San Jose Sharks 2018-present

Career stats: 603 points (135 goals, 468 assists) in 736 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)

The skinny: Karlsson has more assists and points than any other defenseman in the League since he made his debut on Oct. 3, 2009. He won the Norris Trophy as the top NHL defenseman in 2011-12, when he had 78 points (19 goals, 59 assists) in 81 games, and again in 2014-15, when he had 66 points (21 goals, 45 assists) in 82 games.

Fun fact: Karlsson wore Nos. 8 and 51 before being issued No. 65 with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League in 2008-09. He’s worn No. 65 throughout his NHL career and is the only player in Senators history to do so.

Others receiving votes: Andrew Shaw, 28 (0-13-2); Ron Hainsey, 14 (0-4-6); Danny DeKeyser, 7 (0-1-5), Mark Napier, 3 (0-1-2); Andre Burakovsky, 3 (0-0-3).

Analysis: “Erik Karlsson’s dynamic ability and entertaining approach to the game has been obvious since he reached the NHL. For me, when I see the No. 65, Karlsson is the first player I think of.” — Adam Kimleman, NHL.com deputy managing editor

No. 64 — Mikael Granlund

Seasons worn: Minnesota Wild 2013-19; Nashville Predators 2019-present

Career stats: 352 points (111 goals, 241 assists) in 540 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)

The skinny: Granlund had an NHL career-high 69 points (26 goals, 43 assists) in 2016-17 and followed it up with 67 points (21 goals, 46 assists) in 2017-18. He was acquired by the Predators in a trade on Feb. 25, 2019, and has 30 points (17 goals, 13 assists) in 63 games this season.

Fun fact: Granlund wore No. 64 in Finland before becoming the only player in Wild history to wear it.

Others receiving votes: Nail Yakupov, 18 (0-6-6); Jamie McGinn, 15 (0-5-5); Tyler Motte, 13 (0-5-3); Jason Bonsignore, 3 (0-1-1); David Kampf, 2 (0-0-2).

Analysis: “Granlund scored at least 54 points in three straight seasons from 2016-19, but what’s more impressive is his ability to play in all situations. Of his 111 NHL goals, 24 have come on the power play and eight have been shorthanded.” — David Satriano, NHL.com staff writer

No. 63 — Brad Marchand

Seasons worn: Boston Bruins 2009-present

Career stats: 646 points (290 goals, 356 assists) in 751 games

Voting points: 54 (18-0-0)

The skinny: Marchand is fifth among all NHL players with 357 points (137 goals, 220 assists) since the start of the 2016-17 season, and his 1.20 points per game during that span is tied for third with Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Marchand won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins as a rookie in 2011, when he had 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 25 playoff games.

Fun fact: Marchand wore Nos. 12 and 17 with Providence of the American Hockey League, but he has worn No. 63 throughout his NHL career with the Bruins.

Others receiving votes: Mike Ribeiro, 24 (0-10-4); Tyler Ennis, 20 (0-5-10); Evgenii Dadonov, 11 (0-3-5); Nick Bonino, 3 (1-0-0); Sam Bennett, 2 (0-1-0)

Analysis: “Not only is Marchand one of the most fun players I’ve ever covered — you truly never know what’s coming — but I think it’s clear that he’s better than the other options for No. 63. Marchand has made himself into a legend in Boston.” — Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com staff writer

No. 62 — Carl Hagelin

Seasons worn: New York Rangers 2011-15; Pittsburgh Penguins 2016-18; Los Angeles Kings 2018-19; Washington Capitals 2019-present

Career stats: 266 points (101 goals, 165 assists) in 604 games

Voting points: 52 (16-2-0)

The skinny: Since 2011-12, no player has appeared in more Stanley Cup Playoff games than Hagelin (128). He has 48 points (22 goals, 26 assists) during that span, including going to the Stanley Cup Final with the Rangers in 2014 before winning the Cup with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017.

Fun fact: Hagelin has worn No. 62 for all but 43 games during his NHL career. That number was being worn by Chris Wagner when Hagelin was acquired by the Anaheim Ducks in a trade with the Rangers on June 27, 2015, so he chose No. 26 and kept it even after Wagner was claimed on waivers by the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 15, 2015. When Hagelin was traded to the Penguins on Jan. 16, 2016, he returned to wearing No. 62.

Others receiving votes: Kevin Labanc, 18 (0-8-2); Paul Stastny, 16 (3-3-1); Andrei Nazarov, 11 (0-4-3); Artturi Lehkonen, 4 (0-0-4); Olli Jokinen, 3 (0-0-3); Milan Lucic, 2 (0-1-0); Nicolas Aube-Kubel, 2 (0-1-0); Andrej Sustr, 1 (0-0-1); Thomas Vanek, 1 (0-0-1); Brandon Montour, 1 (0-0-1); Denis Malgin, 1 (0-0-1); Eric Gryba, 1 (0-0-1).

Analysis: “Hagelin was my choice for No. 62 because he’s the player that brought the most attention to it by his play and penchant for big goals in big moments.” — William Douglas, NHL.com staff writer

Video: PIT@WSH: Carlson sets club record on Hagelin’s goal

No. 61 — Rick Nash

Seasons worn: Columbus Blue Jackets 2002-12; New York Rangers 2012-18; Boston Bruins 2018

Career stats: 805 points (437 goals, 368 assists) in 1,060 games

Voting points: 57 (All 19 first-place votes)

The skinny: Nash scored at least 30 goals seven times for Columbus, including 41 in 2003-04, when he shared the Rocket Richard Trophy with Ilya Kovalchuk and Jarome Iginla. Nash would go on to top that later in his career when he scored 42 goals for the Rangers in 2014-15.

Fun fact: Nash also wore No. 61 with London of the Ontario Hockey League.

Others receiving votes: Mark Stone, 33 (0-15-3); Cory Stillman, 14 (0-3-8); Maxim Afinogenov, 5 (0-0-5); Justin Braun, 3 (0-0-3); Corey Perry, 2 (0-1-0).

Analysis: “I have long admired Rick Nash and the burden he so admirably shouldered in a new market, then the biggest market (New York).” — Tim Campbell, NHL.com staff writer

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