See who made the list and vote on who you think should be number one!
#10 – John Tavares and Matt Moulson
#9 – Steven Stamkos and Martin St Louis
The Sedin Brothers. If you’re not from Vancouver than you probably don’t like these twin girls but you can’t ignore their talent. The twins netted another 85 points in last year’s shortened season, and have remained one of the most effective and consistent pairings in the league.
Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. The duo put up 82 points last season. The reason I like this pair so much is that they are well balanced. Kopitar wheels and deals while Browny just wrecks anything in his path. It was because of these guys that the cup finally came to LA in 2012.
Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. These two kind of fly under the radar only putting up 71 points last season, but you can’t judge them on points alone. I’m ranking these duos on skill not the numbers they put up in a single season.
Marleau is a full bred goal scoring machine and Thornton is arguably the best set up man in the game. Put them together and you have a lethal duo. Expect bigger things next season.
Alex Ovechkin and Niklas Backstrom. Most look at Ovi and think he does it all himself. Wrong. Long time line-mate Backstrom complements Ovi’s game in every way with his great play-making ability, and the duo put up a nice 104 points last season. 40 of those points being assists from Backstrom. Ovi scores a ton of goals, but someone has to dish him the puck first.
Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Boston’s favorite boys posted 68 points last season. Not great, cool whatever, they’re not point machines. But when they are on the ice you know it. Bergy will murder you in the faceoff circle and is known as one of the big time clutch players in the game. Marchy is one of the top speedy snipers in the league, and can throw guys off their game by getting under their skin.
Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. These guys are not talkers, they just get shit done. The duo put up 97 points last season and are a threat every year. They’ve been playing together for quite some time now and the mixture of chemistry and pure skill sets make these guys just plain scary to play against. Maybe the most disciplined and smart of all the duos on this list. Datsyuk brings the flash and Zetterberg brings the grind.
Jon Toews and Patrick Kane. The bromance that wins Stanley Cups. The champions put up another monster season last year posting 103 points. I know I’m going to get some flack for not ranking them first but you need to think about it deeper. Yes, these guys are everything you want in a duo. Kane has arguably the sexiest hands in the league and Toews (in my opinion) is one the best captains in the game.
However, their size is their Achilles heel. They can’t bang bodies, they hit like girls. Which means, they need to rely on speed and quickness. Teams can shut down players like Kane and Toews, and they have, and that’s when the rest of the Blackhawks roster stepped in to seal the deal last season.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The pair put up another 89 points in the short season. (I remind you Malkin only played in 31 games). I know most people don’t want to see these two at the top of the list, but most people are stupid sometimes. You’re talking about arguably the best two players in the game on the same line surrounded by an all-star roster.
Yes, Crosby is a little bitch, but he’s the best in the game and the face of the NHL. If you don’t think that then you don’t watch this guy play or you’re just a hater. Period. Pin him with big boy Malkin and you have a pairing that can put up a crazy amount of points any game. They can wheel, snipe, dangle, and Malkin brings the body with some big hits. This duo is the real reason the Penguins are always a favorite to win the Cup every year and they will go down as one of the greatest duos in NHL history.