Ranking the 10 Most Influential Players in the NHL Ahead of 2015-16 Season

September 9th, 2015 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
Influence is a tricky thing to measure in the world of hockey.

Certainly, it starts with talent. A player who's not recognizable or making an impact on the scoreboard is going to have a tough time moving the influence meter.

Once a player hits the highlight reels on a semi-regular basis, he can be influential on a number of different dimensions. It might be for his on-ice work, but it could also be for his appeal as a spokesperson for advertisers, his strong personality—especially in social media—or his unprecedented career path through the hockey world—which can be good or bad, as you'll see.

Heading into the 2015-16 season, here are the NHL's top 10 most influential players. Who else do you think is changing the way hockey's being played and watched?

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