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Top 10 Best Right Wingers in NHL History

Ranking the best NHL Right Wings of All Time as Jaromir Jagr leads the way. Also where Teemu Selanne, Guy LaFleur, Brett Hull and more rank

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By Fan Rankings | July 25, 2022 - 09:19 PM

Players on the wings are the centers favorite because they feed them in the slot. Most NHL winning teams have at least one elite level winger, such as the Avalanche with Mikko Rantanen and the Lightning with Nikita Kucherov.

Some of the best dynasties have solid right wings, like the Blackhawks getting three Stanley Cups with Patrick Kane. Here are the best right wings in NHL history. 




Honorable Mention

Patrick Kane

Team(s): Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Kane is the best right winger in the modern-day NHL, winning three Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks, clinching the 2010 Cup Final.

One ball drop away from being a Philadelphia Flyer in 2007, the Blackhawks took him first overall. In 1,107 NHL games, he has scored 430 goals and 750 assists in 1,180 games played.

He has also scored 52 goals in 136 playoff appearances. It is looking increasingly like his time is done in Chicago.

Accolades:
  • Calder Memorial Trophy (2008)
  • NHL All-Rookie Team (2008)
  • 9x NHL All-Star (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • 3x Stanley Cup champion (2010, 2013, 2015)
  • 3x NHL First All-Star Team (2010, 2016, 2017)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy (2013)
  • Art Ross Trophy (2016)
  • Hart Memorial Trophy (2016)
  • Ted Lindsay Award (2016)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (2019)




Top 10 NHL Right Wings

10. Dino Ciccarelli

Team(s): Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers

Dino played in the NHL from 1980-1999 playing for the North Stars, Capitals, Red Wings, Lightning, and Panthers.

He was also a four-time All-Star. In 1232 NHL games he scored 608 goals and 592 assists for 1,200 points, a nice even number.

Despite scoring so many goals from the wing, he never won a Stanley Cup. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.

Accolades:
  • 4x NHL All-Star (1982, 1983, 1989, 1997)
  • World Ice Hockey Championships bronze medalist (1982)




9. Jarome Iginla

Team(s): Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings

Jay Iggy is one of the best players in NHL history to not win a Stanley Cup. He was drafted 11th overall by the Dallas Stars in 1995, but never played a single game.

He then played 16 seasons with the Calgary Flames before being traded to the Boston Bruins and later playing for the Penguins, Avalanche and retiring as an LA king in 2017. He played 1,554 games in his career and scored 625 goals and 675 assists for 1,300 points.

Accolades:
  • NHL All-Rookie Team (1997)
  • First Team All-Star (2002, 2008, 2009)
  • 6x NHL All-Star (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
  • 2x Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (2002, 2004)
  • Art Ross Trophy (2002)
  • Lester B. Pearson Award (2002)
  • Second Team All-Star (2004)
  • Mark Messier Leadership Award (2009)
  • Hockey Hall of Fame (2020)




8. Mike Gartner

Team(s): Cincinnati Stingers, Washington Capitals, Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes

Gartner was drafted by the Rangers 4th overall in 1979 by the Washington Capitals. He played the bulk of his NHL career with the Capitals, but made stops in Minnesota, Arizona, and Toronto before retiring.

Fun fact, he scored the last goal in Chicago Stadium. In 1,432 NHL games he scored 708 goals and 627 assists for 1,335 points.

Accolades:
  • Hockey Hall of Fame (2001)
  • NHL All-Star Game MVP (1993)
  • 3x NHL's Fastest Skater at All-Star Game Skills Competition (1991, 1993 and 1996)
  • 7x NHL All-Star (1981, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1996)
  • Number 89 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players (1998)
  • World Hockey Association Hall of Fame in the "Legends of the Game" category (2012)




7. Guy LaFleur

Team(s): Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Quebec Nordiques

Guy LaFleur tragically passed away this year and is regarded as one of the greatest players to ever play the game.

He was drafted 1st overall in the 1971 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. LaFleur played the majority of his hockey career in the province of Quebec, minus one year with the New York Rangers.

He finished his career with two seasons with the Quebec Nordiques. Guy won five Stanley Cups with the Canadiens in the 70’s and is a seven-time Molson Cup winner. In 1,126 games he scored 560 goals and 793 assists in 1,353 games.

Accolades:
  • 5× Stanley Cup champion (1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
  • 3× Art Ross Trophy winner (1976, 1977, 1978)
  • 2× Hart Memorial Trophy winner (1977, 1978)
  • 3× Lester B. Pearson Award winner (1976, 1977, 1978)
  • 6× First-Team All-Star Right Winger (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy winner (1977)
  • 7× Molson Cup winner (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982)




6. Brett Hull

Team(s): Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes

Love him or hate him, Hull is one of the greatest players in NHL history and continues to amuse fans to this day, almost two decades after he stopped playing.

Drafted 117th overall by the Flames, he had a 19-year career in the NHL. After the better part of two seasons with Flames, he was moved to St. Louis, where he played the bulk of his career.

He finished his career with three seasons in Dallas, three in Detroit and five games in Arizona. In 1,269 NHL games he scored 741 goals and 650 assists for 1,391 games.

Accolades:
  • 9x NHL All-Star (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001)
  • Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1990)
  • 3x NHL First Team All-Star (1990, 1991, 1992)
  • Hart Memorial Trophy (1991)
  • Lester B. Pearson Award (1991)
  • 2x Stanley Cup champion (1999, 2002)




5. Jari Kurri

Team(s): Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Colorado Avalanche

Jari Kurri is one of the best Finnish players to ever lace them up in the NHL. Drafted 69th in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft, Kurri made his NHL debut in 1980 with the Edmonton Oilers.

He also did time with the Los Angeles Kings, Rangers, Ducks and Avalanche, retiring in 1998, In 1,251 NHL games he scored 601 goals and 797 assists for 1,398 games. He won five Stanley Cups over his legendary career.

Accolades:
  • 9x NHL All-Star (1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1998)
  • 5x Stanley Cup champion (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990)
  • 3x NHL Second All-Star Team (1984, 1986, 1989)
  • Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1985)
  • NHL goal scoring leader (1986)
  • 2x NHL First All-Star Team (1985, 1987)
  • Hockey Hall of Fame (2001)




4. Teemu Selanne

Team(s): Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche

Teemu Selanne is one of my favorite players in NHL history. Often remembered as a Mighty Duck of Anaheim and then later as just a Duck, it is forgotten that he played for other teams.

Drafted by the Winnipeg Jets, he was traded after four seasons. He also played for the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche.

He played the better part of 14 seasons with the Ducks, he won the Cup with them in 2007. Over 1451 games he scored 684 goals and 773 assists for 1,457 points.

Accolades:
  • Calder Memorial Trophy (1993)
  • NHL All-Rookie Team (1993)
  • 2x First Team All-Star (1993, 1997)
  • 10x NHL All-Star (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007)
  • 2x Second Team All-Star (1998, 1999)
  • Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (1999)
  • Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (2006)
  • Stanley Cup champion (2007)




3. Mark Recchi

Team(s): Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes, Atlanta Thrashers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins

Mark Recchi is remembered by modern day NHL fans as a Bruin, only because he won the Cup in his last season there. When in reality, he was drafted by the Penguins in 1988 and played for the Penguins, Flyers, Canadiens, Hurricanes, Thrashers, and Lightning.

He won the Cup five times, three as a player and twice as a coach. In 1652 NHL games played he scored 577 goals and 956 assists for 1,533 points.

Accolades:
  • WHL West First All-Star Team (1988)
  • Stanley Cup champion (1991, 2006, 2011, 2016, 2017 (as a development coach))
  • NHL All-Star Game (1991, 1993, 1994, 1997 (named MVP), 1998, 1999, 2000)
  • NHL All-Star MVP (1997)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (1992)
  • Eddie Shore Award (2010)




2. Gordie Howe

Team(s): Detroit Red Wings, Houston Aeros, New England Whalers, Hartford Whalers, Detroit Vipers

Mr. Hockey himself had one of the longest careers in NHL history, and probably would still be playing today if the laws of nature and human form would allow him to.

He started his NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings in 1946 and saw plenty of hockey history with his own eyes.

He played for the Red Wings until 1971 when he retired. He came back in 1973 to play in the WHA with his sons for the Houston Aeros, then the Hartford Whalers in the WHA and NHL.

He played his last professional game in 1998 with the Detroit Vipers of the IHL. In 1,767 games he scored 801 goals and 1,850 assists. He won four Stanley Cups.

Accolades:
  • 6x Art Ross Trophy (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1963)
  • 5x Goal scoring leader (1951, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1963)
  • 6x Hart Memorial Trophy (1952, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1963)
  • 23x NHL All-Star (1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1980)
  • 12x NHL First All-Star Team (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970)
  • 9x NHL Second All-Star Team (1949, 1950, 1956, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967)
  • 4x Stanley Cup champion (1950, 1952, 1954, 1955)



 

1. Jaromir Jagr

Team(s): Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames

Jaromir Jagr is the man out of time, still playing professionally in Europe. Jagr was drafted 5th overall by the Penguins in 1990 and played for them till 2001, winning two Cups with them.

He then played for the Capitals and Rangers before going over to the KHL in 2008. When he returned to the NHL, he played for everyone but the Penguins.

He played for the Flyers, Stars, Bruins, Devils, Panthers, and Flames before returning to Europe. In 1,733 NHL games, he scored 766 goals and 1,155 assists. 

Accolades:
  • 2x Stanley Cup champion (1991, 1992)
  • NHL All-Rookie Team (1991)
  • 13x NHL All-Star (1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2016)
  • 5x Art Ross Trophy (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001)
  • 7x NHL First All-Star Team (1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (1997)
  • Hart Memorial Trophy (1999)
  • 3x Lester B. Pearson Award (1999, 2000, 2006)
  • Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (2016)



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