Top 15 American Hockey Players On Canadian NHL Teams

The good ol’ USA is one of the world leaders in outstanding hockey player exports. There are seven Canadian franchises in the National Hockey League, many of which, enjoy the help of some very talented American players on their roster. Here are the top 15:

15. Jarred Tinordi of the Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Jarred Tinordi on Team USA

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Jarred Tinordi was drafted 22nd overall in 2010 by the Habs. He’s a 6’6″ defenceman with a lot of promise and fierce competitiveness. He provides the Canadiens with some extra toughness on defence, which is never a bad thing.

His dad, Mark Tinordi had a lengthy NHL career, and Jarred hopes to do the same as a member of hockey’s most winningest franchise.

Born

Burnsville, Minnesota, USA

Player Type

Stay at home defenceman

Career Status

NHL rookie

14. Erik Condra of the Ottawa Senators

Erik Condra of the Ottawa Senators

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Condra has become a key contributor on Paul MacLean’s pesky Senators’ team. He won’t light up the score sheet all that often but he plays solid two-way hockey and you need those guys too if you want to win.

Born

Trenton, Michigan, USA

Player Type

Bottom 6 forward

Career Status

4th year veteran of the NHL

13. David Booth of the Vancouver Canucks

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This speedy American has struggled to regain the scoring form he showed early in his career as a member of the Florida Panthers, but David Booth can change all that with a great season for the Canucks in 2013-14.

Born

Detroit, Michigan, USA

Player Type

2nd line winger

Career Status

8 year veteran of the NHL

12. Mark Stuart of the Winnipeg Jets

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Stuart is the first of many Winnipeg Jets on this list. He’s a rugged and reliable stay-at-home defenceman who gets the job done far more often than not.

Guys like Mark Stuart don’t get a ton of credit because they don’t score flashy goals or make exciting plays. That being said, Stuart does the little things to help his team achieve victory. He’s an important member of the Winnipeg Jets.

Born

Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Player Type

Stay At Home Defenceman

Career Status

NHL regular since 2007-08

11. Alex Galchenyuk of the Montreal Canadiens

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The day may come where Habs sophomore Alex Galchenyuk tops a list like this, but for the moment, he gives way to more accomplished NHLers.

The Habs’ 3rd overall selection in 2012 had a strong rookie campaign, earning 27 points in 48 games.

Born

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Player Type

2nd line centre with 1st line centre potential

Career Status

2nd year NHLer

10. James van Riemsdyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs

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JVR looks as smooth and skilled as any NHLer when he’s on his game, however, his inconsistent numbers hold him back from placing higher on this list.

This could be a huge breakout year for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ talented left winger. van Riemsdyk has all the tools to be a top scorer in the NHL. Now is his time to take the next step forward and become the impact player the Philadelphia Flyers thought he would be when they drafted him 2nd overall in 2007.

Born

Middleton Township, New Jersey, USA

Player Type

Top 6 winger/power forward

Career Status

5th year veteran of the NHL

9. Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets

Wheeler has become a prominent player on the recently returned Winnipeg Jets. Since joining the club he’s smashed career highs in assists and points, accumulating 47 and 64 the last time the NHL schedule was 82 games long.

Wheeler, much like JVR, appears to have another gear to his game and it’s believed that if he can ever harness his skill set more consistently, the sky is the limit.

Born

Plymouth, Minnesota, USA

Player Type

Top 6 winger/power forward

Career Status

6 year NHL veteran

8. Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens

Pacioretty is a little bit ahead of van Riemsdyk and Wheeler in terms of offensive production and consistency. The Habs winger has a 30 goal season to his name, and was on pace to get close to 30 last year, scoring 15 in 44 games.

Born

New Canaan, Connecticut, USA

Player Type

2nd line winger

Career Status

6 year NHL veteran

7. Brian Gionta of the Montreal Canadiens

Gionta has a very impressive NHL career to boast. His career high in goals is an impressive 48. And, Gionta was a contributing Stanley Cup winner with the New Jersey Devils back in 2002-03.

Gionta is a 7-time 20 plus goal scorer and he enjoys the honour of captaining the oldest franchise in the NHL – the Montreal Canadiens.

Born

Rochester, New York, USA

Player Type

2nd line winger

Career Status

13 year NHL veteran

6. Zach Bogosian of the Winnipeg Jets

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Bogosian is a former 3rd overall pick who took a few years to excel as an NHL defenceman. Now that he has, people are taking note.

Bogosian is a massive defenceman who can make a crisp first pass with skill or drop an opponent to the ground with malice. He’s going to have a long and successful career patrolling the blue line for the Winnipeg Jets.

Born

Massena, New York, USA

Player Type

Top 4 Defenceman

Career Status

6 year NHL veteran

5. Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets

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Big Buff is one of the NHL’s premiere offensive defencemen. He sports a cannon from the blue line and incredible offensive instincts in 5 on 5 play.

Byfuglien has embraced a lead role on the Jets, excelling in a top 4 that is among the best in the National Hockey League. Byfuglien is a 1-time Stanley Cup champion, earning his ring as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.

Born

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Player Type

Top 4/offensive defenceman

Career Status

9 year NHL veteran

Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators

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The Sens’ starting goaltender posted a remarkable 1.69 GAA and 0.941 SV% last season for his club. This season he has a decent chance to suit up for the Americans at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

This season, he is one of the main reasons many critics are picking the Senators as one of the best teams in the NHL.

Born

Park Ridge, Illinois, USA

Player Type

#1 goaltender

Career Status

11 year NHL veteran

3. Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators

Recently acquired from the Anaheim Ducks, Bobby Ryan has big shoes to fill in Ottawa, where he’ll replace Daniel Alfredsson as the Sens’ top offensive threat on the wing.

Ryan is a 4-time 30 goal scorer with a lot of flash and high end skill. The 2013-14 NHL season provides him a great opportunity to breakout and smash his career highs in goals and points.

Born

Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA

Player Type

1st line scoring forward

Career Status

7 year NHL veteran

2. Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Phil The Thrill has scored 30 or more goals 4-times in his NHL career. He’s a speedy shooter, well above average in both regards.

Only 2 NHLers have scored more points than Phil Kessel over the last two seasons – Steven Stamkos, Claude Giroux.

Born

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Player Type

1st line scoring forward

1. Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks

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Kesler is a fierce competitor, and one of the best two-way players in the entire NHL. He has scored 41 goals at his offensive best, and tallied 19 points in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, leading the Canucks to within 1 win from hoisting the Cup.

Born

Livonia, Michigan, USA

Player Type

2-way Top 6 franchise centreman

Career Status

10 year NHL veteran