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5. Henrik Zetterberg
Zetterberg is an extremely talented player and has an incredible vision of the ice. He has been setting up Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk for years now and isn’t slowing down. He’s notched at least forty assists in five of the last six seasons. Expect him to be around forty to forty-five this season.
4. Ryan Getzlaf
Playing on a line with Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry, it’s no wonder Ryan Getzlaf has been racking up the assists. Getzlaf has notched over fifty assists each of the last five seasons and has been a force on the powerplay. Expect Getzlaf to finish the season with around sixty assists this season.
3. Nicklas Backstrom
Playing with Alexander Ovechkin, how can’t Nicklas Backstrom be among the league’s top playmakers. Last season, Backstrom had a career low in assists with forty-seven. In five seasons, that says a lot. He has a career high of sixty-eight and should come close to matching that number this season.
2. Marty St. Louis
Over the years, St. Louis has set up some great players including Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier. He is still setting up Lecavalier but is now also setting up the league’s top sniper in Steven Stamkos. St. Louis has notched at least fifty assists for the past six seasons and his age isn’t slowing him down. With Stamkos and Lecavalier on fire this season, look St. Louis to notch at least sixty this season.
1. Daniel Sedin
Like all the players before him, Daniel Sedin is surrounded by some of the most talented goal scorers in the league. Playing on a line with his twin brother, Henrik Sedin, and Ryan Kesler, the goals are endless. Daniel can always find an open Canuck. Expect Sedin to finish with seventy assists this season.
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