On Friday, NHL.com released a list of the top-selling jerseys in the NHL, for the 2017-18 season, as tallied from the Fanatics network of ecommerce stores. The Fanatics network includes Shop.NHL.com, NHLShop.ca and Fanatics.com, and the totals were collated over the regular season.
For the Washington Capitals, both Alex Ovechkin and TJ Oshie made the cut, coming in sixth and 12th place respectively. For the 2016-17 season, Ovechkin was the sole Capital on the list at number seven.
The Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby, who had the most jersey sales in 2016-17, was knocked from the top spot by Auston Matthews. Connor McDavid also jumped up the list to third, with new entry Marc-Andre Fleury (fourth) and non-mover Henrik Lundqvist (fifth) taking the next two places.
The Capitals, Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres all playing outdoor games for the 2017-18 season, which likely contributed to the jump in jersey sales for players on those teams. The Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello (seventh), TJ Oshie (12th) the Sabres’ Jack Eichel (13th) all made the top 15, having missed out last season.
For the first time since 2014, both Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks fell from the top three. The Chicago Blackhawks missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade, and did not play an outdoor game in the 2017-18 season.
The full top 15, as released by NHL.com, follows below.
Top 15 selling NHL jerseys
1. Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
3. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
4. Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights
5. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
6. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
7. Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers
8. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
9. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
10. Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
11. Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
12. TJ Oshie, Washington Capitals
13. Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
14. Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
15. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
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