The NHL has released the top 25 selling jerseys through their online store earlier today and the top name won’t come as a surprise as hart Trophy favorite Sidney Crosby claimed the top spot, but the rest of the list is full of surprises.
Here is the top 25 courtesy of Deadspin:
Datsyuk is a great player, a perennial All-Star and one of the best two-way players in the NHL, so it’s no surprise to see him inside the top 25, but it is rather eye-opening to see him at No. 2, despite the fact the Detroit Red Wings are among the most passionate fans in the entire league.
Toews, Ovechkin and Kane at 3-5 seems about right to me. Toews and Kane are in the third largest market and have two Stanley Cups on their resume and Ovechkin is a three-time Hart winner and one of the top goal scorers in the NHL.
Callahan at No. 6 is a complete stunner and is only on this list as a result of his trade because his numbers are inflated from beginning the year with the New York Rangers and being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning where a second jersey hit the market.
Milan Lucic at No. 11 is a mild surprise, but the Boston Bruins have a rapid fan base and as you can see on the list, bigger market teams have their players well represented as are players in their first season with a team like Seguin, Miller are.
However, the biggest stunner on this list is Steven Stamkos all the way down at No. 16. He is the most lethal goal scorer in the league and if he played in a larger market would undoubtedly be in the top five-seven in jersey sales.
Which player’s jersey would you buy if you had a gift card to the NHL store for a free jersey?