It’s surprising how many brothers have made it to the NHL. Some are very well known, such as the Sedin twins (Daniel and Henrik), the Mahovlich brothers (Frank and Peter), and the Richard brothers (Maurice and Henri).
On a few occasions, more than two brothers have all played in the league, such as the six Sutter brothers (Brian, Darryl, Duane, Brent, Rich and Ron) and the four Staal brothers (Eric, Marc, Jordan and Jared) and the three Hunter brothers (Dave, Dale and Mark).
Sometimes one brother ended up having a great career, while the other brother most of us haven’t heard of. For example, did you know that Wayne Gretzky had a brother who also played in the NHL? Brent Gretzky actually played two seasons (1993-94 and 1994-95) with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but recorded just 4 points in 13 games.
Another example is Sergei and Fedor Fedorov. While hockey fans have no problem remembering Sergei’s astonishing career, most of us haven’t even heard of Fedor. He only played a total of 18 NHL games between 2002 and 2006 with the Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers and tallied just two assists.
Since there were so many brothers who have played in the NHL in the past hundred years, I decided to focus on the current brotherly duos who are playing in the league. This list will detail the 8 best and 7 worst brothers who are currently playing in the NHL.
15 Best: Luke and Brayden Schenn
Luke Schenn is currently in his ninth NHL season. He began his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, then spent a few seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers before a short stint with the Los Angeles Kings last season. He’s currently a member of the Arizona Coyotes. Not afraid to drop the gloves, this defenseman has racked up 452 penalty minutes, along with 131 points in 611 regular season games. He’s also not afraid to deliver big hits, ranking first overall among his teammates so far this season with 168 hits.
Brayden Schenn began his career with the Los Angeles Kings, but has been with the Philadelphia Flyers for the last six seasons. He plays at center and has earned a total of 227 points (including 85 of those on the power play) in 402 regular season games. His best season was in 2015-16 when he produced 59 points in 80 games. He’s currently ranked second on the team this season with 16 goals in 48 games.
The Schenn brothers played four seasons together with the Philadelphia Flyers (2012-13 until 2015-16).
14 Worst: Ryan and Drew Miller
Ryan Miller is currently in his thirteenth NHL season. His career began during the 2002-03 season with the Buffalo Sabres and spent eleven seasons with them. He then spent a very short time with the St. Louis Blues before joining the Vancouver Canucks in 2014 and remains with them to this day.
This goaltender’s best season was in 2009-10 when he earned 41 wins (including 5 shutouts), 18 losses and 8 overtime/shootout losses in 69 regular season games. That season he was awarded the NHL Foundation Award which is given annually to the “player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in the community”. He was also given the Vezina Trophy which is awarded annually to the best goaltender in the league.
Although the beginning of his career was decent, it’s easy to see that he’s starting to slow down. He hasn’t reached 30 regular season wins since 2011-12. And so far this season, he has played in 30 games with a record of 14-12-3.
Drew Miller is currently in his tenth NHL season. During his career (which began in 2007-08), he has played for the Anaheim Ducks, Tampa Bay Lightning and currently the Detroit Red Wings. Although he can deliver some hits and isn’t afraid to block shots, this left winger hasn’t put up great numbers on the score sheet with just 121 points and a disappointing -32 plus/minus rating in 551 regular season games. So far this season, he has just 6 points in 35 games, along with a -10 rating.
13 Best: James and Trevor Van Riemsdyk
James Van Riemsdyk spent the first three years of his NHL career with the Philadelphia Flyers from 2009-2012, and has been with the Toronto Maple Leafs ever since then. This left winger has exceeded the 50-point plateau twice in his seven-year career (61 points in 2013-14 and 56 points in 2014-15), and will more than likely reach that level again this season with 40 points in 48 games so far. In fact, his 40 points ranks him second on the team (just one point behind Mitch Marner for the lead). Throughout his entire career to date, he has totalled 317 points in 494 regular season games.
Trevor Van Riemsdyk is currently in his third NHL season with the Chicago Blackhawks. This defenseman isn’t much of a point producer, tallying just 21 points in 128 regular season games. He did, however, help the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2015. He followed that by leading his entire team with 155 blocked shots during the 2015-16 season, along with being one of only two Chicago players (along with Patrick Kane) who played in all 82 regular season games that year. He has only played 28 games so far this season, but has 45 blocked shots already.
12 Worst: Ryan and Dylan Strome
Ryan Strome has spent his entire four-year NHL career thus far with the New York Islanders. This right winger has totalled 111 points in 234 regular season games so far. His best season was in 2014-15 when he racked up 50 points and a +23 plus/minus rating in 81 games. But ever since then he’s been struggling. Last year, in 2015-16, he earned just 28 points, along with a -9 rating, in 71 games. And this season hasn’t been much better for him, recording just 15 points and a -5 rating in 45 games.
Dylan Strome made his NHL debut this season with the Arizona Coyotes. His first appearance was on October 18th against the Ottawa Senators and he recorded an assist. But that’s all the points he could manage, having appeared in 7 games so far this season with a total of just one assist and a -5 rating. He’s doing much better playing center in the OHL with the Erie Otters (32 points in 14 games), but at just 19 years of age, he’ll have many more chances to prove himself in the NHL.
11 Best: Nick and Marcus Foligno
Nick Foligno spent the first five seasons of his NHL career with the Ottawa Senators from 2007-2012. He has since been a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2012 to the present day and is currently their team captain. So far in his ten-year NHL career, this left winger has totalled 356 points in 664 regular season games. His best season was in 2014-15 when he led the Blue Jackets with 73 points and a +16 plus/minus rating in 79 games. He’s currently ranked second on the team this season with 18 goals in 47 games so far.
Marcus Foligno has spent his entire six-year NHL career so far with the Buffalo Sabres. This left winger isn’t a big point producer with a total of just 108 points in 316 regular season games. However, he makes up for lack of points by throwing around his 6’3, 228 pound body. For the last three years, he has finished second on the team in hits and is currently in first place among his fellow teammates this season with 168 hits in 49 games so far.
10 Worst: Brendan and Reilly Smith
Brendan Smith has spent his entire six-year NHL career thus far with the Detroit Red Wings. This defenseman has posted 67 points and 273 penalty minutes in 282 regular season games. So far this season, he has more penalty minutes than games played (26 penalty minutes in 24 games). It seems as though his time in the box hasn’t done his team much good, since he hasn’t posted anything higher than a +3 rating during each of his six seasons.
Reilly Smith is currently in his sixth NHL season. He has played for the Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins and currently the Florida Panthers. This right winger has a total of 169 points in 334 regular season games. Although his overall plus/minus rating in the last six years is a very impressive +41, this season he’s definitely been struggling with a -10 rating, along with just 19 points in 49 games.
9 Best: Ryan and Cal O’Reilly
Ryan O’Reilly is currently in his 8th NHL season. He began his career with the Colorado Avalanche, but has been a member of the Buffalo Sabres since last season. In 537 regular season games, he has totalled 335 points so far. In fact, he has reached at least 50 or more points in four seasons, including the last three years in a row. In 2014, he was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy which is given annually to the player who shows the greatest amount of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, as well as having a high standard of playing ability. This talented center currently has 29 points in 39 games this season, ranking him third on his team and only two points out of first place.
Cal O’Reilly, who also plays center, is currently playing his sixth NHL season. He started out playing for the Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins before joining the Buffalo Sabres last season. Although he has been struggling a bit to find a permanent place in the NHL (he’s also a member of the Rochester Americans in the AHL), he has played a total of 144 regular season games with 49 points. He’s in fact quite the asset in the faceoff circle, having reached a 54.1% faceoff win percentage in 109 attempts last season, and currently having a 48.5% win percentage in 66 faceoff appearances so far this season with the Sabres.
8 Worst: Jamie, Brock and Tye McGinn
Jamie McGinn is currently in his ninth NHL season. He has played for the San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks, and currently the Arizona Coyotes. This left winger has a total of just 180 points, along with a discouraging -58 plus/minus rating, in 494 regular season games. As a matter of fact, he has finished all eight of his NHL seasons in the minuses and is currently at a -8 rating this season thus far, along with just 13 points in 44 games.
Brock McGinn is currently in his second NHL season with the Carolina Hurricanes. This left winger has totalled just 16 points in 54 regular season games. And just like his brother, his plus/minus rating is less than impressive with a -14 last season and currently a -4 this year. He’s not overly impressive on the score sheet either with just 12 points in 33 games this season.
They also have a third brother, Tye McGinn, who has played a total of 89 NHL regular season games between 2012-13 and 2015-16 with the Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, Arizona Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lightning. He recorded just 17 points during that time.
7 Best: Jamie and Jordie Benn
Both Jamie and Jordie Benn have spent their entire NHL careers thus far with the Dallas Stars. Jamie’s career began in 2009, while Jordie made his NHL debut in 2012. Jamie is currently the captain of the Stars.
In 555 regular season games to date, Jamie has earned a total of 490 points. He has reached the 50-point plateau in five of his seven seasons. In fact, he was awarded the Art Ross Trophy in 2015 for racking up the most points among all NHL players during the regular season (87 points). So far this season, the left winger has 42 points in 47 games, ranking him second best on the team.
Jordie is more of a stay-at-home defenseman who has 69 points, along with a +10 rating, in 291 regular season games. In 47 games played so far this season, he has an even plus/minus rating and he is leading the team with 90 blocked shots.
6 Worst: Brian and Stephen Gionta
Brian Gionta is currently in his fifteenth NHL season. He had previously played for the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and is currently serving as captain of the Buffalo Sabres. He helped the Devils win the Stanley Cup in 2003. Despite having a pretty decent total of 578 points in 973 regular season games, it’s not hard to see that the 38-year-old right winger is nearing the end of his career. In the past two seasons, he hasn’t been able to exceed 35 points and has finished both years with a minus rating. And this season he has 25 points in 49 games so far, ranking him fifth on the team – not where you’d expect to see the captain of the team ranked.
Stephen Gionta, who is also a right winger, spent the first six seasons of his NHL career with the New Jersey Devils which began during the 2010-11 season. This season, however, he has played just four games with the New York Islanders and has recorded one assist. His career totals aren’t much better, with just 51 points and a -16 plus/minus rating in 274 regular season games.
5 Best: Mikael and Markus Granlund
Mikael Granlund is currently in his fifth NHL season. This center has spent his entire career to date with the Minnesota Wild, totalling 176 points and a +24 plus/minus rating in 290 regular season games so far. With 44 points already this year, he has tied his personal best in points earned last season. As a matter of fact, he’s currently leading the Wild in assists (32), points (44) and power play points (12). He also has a very impressive +26 plus/minus rating.
Markus Granlund, who also plays center, began his NHL career with the Calgary Flames in 2013-14 and is currently a member of the Canucks. In 152 regular season games, he has recorded 51 points. Although the 23-year-old seems to be struggling a bit, he has been improving and has already beaten his personal best in points recorded. So far this season, he has 20 points in 50 games which includes 4 power play points and 2 game-winning goals.
4 Worst: Chris and Brandon Tanev
Chris Tanev has spent his entire seven-year NHL career so far with the Vancouver Canucks. This defenseman has totalled 70 points and a +32 rating in 321 regular season games to date. Despite his numbers being pretty decent for a stay-at-home defenseman, he’s been struggling since last season. Last year was the first season he ended with a plus/minus rating in the minuses (-8). Now this season, he has just 5 assists in 26 games played.
Brandon Tanev is a left winger who is in his second NHL season with the Winnipeg Jets. With just three games played last season, he has seen a lot more ice team this year with 39 games played so far. But he’s less than impressive on the score sheet with just 4 points, 26 penalty minutes, and a -6 rating.
3 Best: Eric, Marc and Jordan Staal
Eric Staal has had a great career thus far. He began his career with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2003 and even served several seasons as their team captain. After a brief time with the New York Rangers, he’s currently a member of the Minnesota Wild. He’s currently leading the Wild with 16 goals and is ranked second with 41 points. His best season so far was in 2005-06 when he racked up 100 points in 82 games. Also that year, he helped the Hurricanes win the Stanley Cup. In his entire career thus far, this center man has 822 points in 979 regular season games.
Marc Staal has spent his entire career thus far with the New York Rangers from 2007 to the present day. In his ten year career, this defenseman has totalled 152 points (18 of which were recorded on the power play) and an impressive +40 plus/minus rating in 658 regular season games.
Jordan Staal is currently in his eleventh NHL season. He spent the first six seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and has been with the Carolina Hurricanes ever since. He helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009. In his eleven NHL seasons, this center has produced 416 points in 731 regular season games.
There’s even another Staal brother, Jared, who has played the majority of his career so far in the minor leagues, but did make two NHL appearances with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012-13.
Eric and Jordan played together as members of the Hurricanes for four seasons, with Jared joining them for a brief time.
2 Worst: Cameron and Brendan Gaunce
Cameron Gaunce is currently in his third NHL season. He first played 11 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2010-11, then appeared in 9 games with the Dallas Stars in 2013-14. And so far this season, he’s played 3 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and earned 2 assists. Seems like this defenseman is struggling to earn a permanent spot in the NHL, and with just 3 points and a hefty 27 penalty minutes in 23 NHL appearances, it doesn’t look good for him.
Brendan Gaunce is currently in his second NHL season with the Vancouver Canucks. He wasn’t very impressive last season with just one goal and a -9 rating in 20 regular season games. And he’s not doing much better this year with only 4 assists in 45 games. This large 6’2, 217 pound center is leading his team’s forwards with 68 hits so far this season, but other than that, he hasn’t helped them much.
1 Best: Daniel and Henrik Sedin
The Sedin twins are definitely one of the most recognizable brotherly duos who have ever played in the NHL. The Vancouver Canucks had the second and third overall picks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and chose Daniel, followed by Henrik. The twins have played their entire NHL careers with the Vancouver Canucks starting with the 2000-01 season that continues to this very day. They also play on the same line with Henrik at center and Daniel at left wing.
For the past ten seasons (from 2006-07 to 2015-16), the brothers have finished the regular season ranked first and second overall on the team in points. Daniel led the team in points during four seasons, while Henrik led them five times. And on one occasion, during the 2008-09 season, they both ranked first on the team with 82 points each. So far this season, Henrik is tied with Bo Horvat for the team lead with 32 points each, while Daniel is close behind with 27 points.
On January 20, 2017, the Vancouver Canucks were playing at home against the Florida Panthers and it was certainly a night to remember for team captain, Henrik Sedin. He scored the tying goal in the second period which gave him his 1,000th career point. Very fitting to the occasion was that his brother Daniel recorded an assist on the play.
Henrik Sedin is the first player in franchise history to record 1,000 points with the Canucks. He currently has a total of 1,002 points and a fantastic +202 plus/minus rating in 1,216 regular season games. His brother, Daniel Sedin, is currently ranked second in franchise history with a total of 969 points, along with a great +176 rating in 1,193 regular season games.