No. 3 — Adam Fox (New York Rangers)
Aside from Ryan McDonough, the New York Rangers have been without a true superstar on the back end for quite some time, however, with the emergence of Adam Fox, they no longer have to keep searching.
Adam Fox will without a doubt be a marquise defenseman in the NHL for a long time. It would be little to no surprise if he’s still that dude ten years from now. That’s how talented this kid is. At just 23-years old, Fox has become a fearsome threat from the point.
The 2021-22 NHL season marks the third consecutive year in which Fox has tallied 40+ points (and he’s only been in the league for three years). In a shortened season due to COVID-19 a year ago, he notched 5 goals and 42 assists in 55-games played. That season he had five more points in 15 fewer games than his rookie year. Of course, because of this offensive output, Adam Fox was awarded the Norris Trophy, and he’s on pace to do it again.
Now, with 44-games played in red, white, and blue, the ‘Jersey native has tallied 7 goals and 40 assists, already tying his career-high in points, and there’s still half of the season left to be played.
Though Fox’s best play is in the offensive zone, his willingness to get in the shooting lanes and stand up elite forwards off the rush cement him as a top-three defender in the NHL today. For someone who has yet to even enter his prime, one could only imagine what this kid will accomplish in the future.