The illustrious run at a Stanley Cup Final is one of the most impressive runs in all of sports. Every NHL player's goal year after year is to be able to achieve the goal of being called a Stanley Cup Champion. Some players in the league today can say that they have achieved that goal and their are others that are still looking to be able to say that they have won a Stanley Cup ring. Some players go their entire career without winning one, which is a tough pill to swallow, but it happens to some people. Others are lucky and have won multiple Stanley Cups, and have the talent around to help bring the players to a Stanley Cup Final.
Some teams get constructed well enough so that the team has a realistic chance of winning a Stanley Cup, but then sometimes there are players that get screwed when it comes to how their team gets assembled. Some players have not even made it to the Stanley Cup Final which is tough, but others have had their opportunities and either did not capitalize on their opportunity or they lost to a better team. Every player will get their opportunity to win the Stanley Cup, some get more than one opportunity, but you have to be able to make good on your opportunity because you never know if you will have another chance at it.
Then there are players that you sit there and say to yourself, man I can't believe that they do not have a ring. With that being said here are the top 15 current NHL players that you can't believe do not have a ring.
15 Radim Vrbata
Radim Vrbata has had some tough luck when it comes to not having a chance to play in the Stanley Cup Final. The former seventh round selection in the 1999 NHL Draft, was traded from Carolina to Chicago the year that the Hurricanes went on to win the Stanley Cup. Talk about bad luck, after he left Chicago to go to Phoenix, to Tampa Bay, back to Phoenix all in a three year span is when Chicago started to create their "dynasty".
In Vrbata's career he has played in 1,015 games and has tallied 279 goals to go along with 330 assists for a total of 609 points. Radim has had some tough luck in his NHL career, and unfortunately it looks like that he will never get the opportunity to play in the Stanley Cup Final.
14 Brent Burns
Brent Burns has played with two franchises that has not won a Stanley Cup in their franchise history. The former 20th overall selection in the 2003 NHL Draft, has spent his entire career with the Minnesota Wild, and the San Jose Sharks. Brent Burns has played in a Stanley Cup Final (2015) with the San Jose Sharks, unfortunately they did not win the Stanley Cup Final. He has moved around as he started off as a defenseman, then he transferred to the wing position, only to go back to defense recently.
In Burns' career he has played in 879 games and has tallied 170 goals to go along with 329 assists for a total of 499 points. Burns definitely is one of the more talented players that the National Hockey League has seen in quite a while. He doesn't stick out as one of the better players of the generation, but he is up there when it comes to players recently who have played recently.
13 Matt Duchene
Matt Duchene is one talented player who unfortunately plays for a franchise who has not been good since the early 2000's. Duchene is a former third overall selection in the 2009 NHL Draft, is one of the talented players in the league today, but will not play in the Stanley Cup Final as long as he is playing in Colorado. The Avalanche are currently wasting the prime of Duchene's career with their rebuilding phase currently in effect.
In Duchene's career he has played in 572 games and has tallied 174 goals to go along with 244 assists for a total of 418 points. With Duchene having two years left on his current contract with Colorado, means that he can leave after that. He will have the opportunity to play on a team that could be able to play for a Stanley Cup. At the moment Duchene is a talented player without a ring, even though he still has plenty of time left to be able to potentially win a Stanley Cup Title.
12 Zach Parise
Zach Parise has had one exciting career so far in the National Hockey League. He had his chance at a Stanley Cup Title when he was the captain of the New Jersey Devils during the 2011-2012 season. The Devils did lose to the Los Angeles Kings, and then Parise did decide to sign a 12 year contract with the Minnesota Wild. The former 17th overall selection in the 2003 NHL Draft, is from Minneapolis, Minnesota so the move to go back home definitely was an easy decision for him.
In Parise's career he has played in 830 games while tallying 318 goals to go along with 343 assists for a total of 661 points. Parise still has some good years left in him, and with the Wild consistently making the playoffs every year so far since he signed, gives him a chance to potentially win a Stanley Cup Title. If the hometown kid can bring a Stanley Cup Title home for the first time in franchise history would be very impressive to say the least.
11 Claude Giroux
Claude Giroux is the current captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, and has been a Flyer for his entire career. The former 22nd overall selection in the 2006 NHL Draft, has been a solid all-around center since joining the league. Giroux was part of the Flyers team that went to the Stanley Cup during the 2009-2010 season, and unfortunately they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. He had his opportunity and didn't capitalize on it, and the Flyers have not gotten out of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals since.
In Giroux's career has played in 656 games and has tallied 180 goals to go along with 395 assists for a total of 575 points. He is in the prime of his career and still has a good shot of potentially winning a Stanley Cup Title, and him as the captain will have to lead the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final.
10 Shane Doan
Shane Doan is one of the oldest players that is still in the National Hockey League today, and he has never played in a Stanley Cup Final. The former seventh overall selection in the 1995 NHL Draft, is one player in NHL history who has played in over 1,500 games and has not played in a Stanley Cup Final. He has not played on a team that has stuck out in the sense of sticking out as a odds on favorite to win the Stanley Cup Final.
In Doan's illustrious career he has played in 1,540 games while tallying 402 goals to go along with 570 assists for a total of 972 points. With Doan's career slowly coming to a close, it does not look like that he will ever be able to play in the Stanley Cup Final.
9 P.K. Subban
Pernell Karl Subban is one of the top defensemen that is in the league today. The former second round pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, has been absolutely stellar since entering the league. The eight year veteran spent his first seven years in Montreal, before getting traded to Nashville in the 2016 off season. In his first year with the Nashville Predators, Subban helped Nashville reach their first ever Stanley Cup Final in franchise history.
In Subban's career he has played in 500 games while tallying 73 goals to go along with 245 assists for a total of 318 points. P.K. Subban definitely has a shot of achieving his dream of winning a Stanley Cup Title, especially with an up and coming team like the Nashville Predators who did take the Penguins to 6 games. Look for Subban to enjoy the prime of his career, and try to do his absolute best to achieve a life long dream which is to win the Stanley Cup Title.
8 Steven Stamkos
Steven Stamkos had a rough 2016-17 season which was cut short due to injury. Other than that Stamkos has been a super star since he joined the National Hockey League. The former number one overall selection in the 2008 NHL Draft, has had his opportunity at winning a Stanley Cup Title recently (2015) unfortunately he and the Tampa Bay Lightning came up short in six games. Stamkos has been "the guy" for the Lightning since being drafted, and Tampa Bay has built the team around him.
In Stamkos' career he has played in 586 games and has tallied 321 goals to go along with 261 assists for a total of 582 points. Stamkos almost averages a point a game in his career which is a remarkable stat to do in a career. With that being said Stamkos has the chance to still be able to win the Stanley Cup, but he needs to stay healthy in order to help his team.
7 Jamie Benn
Jamie Benn has been one of the better players in the National Hockey League over the past two seasons, and has been a big time factor for the Dallas Stars. The former fifth round pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, has been a big time player in the NHL since the arrival of his teammate Tyler Seguin. The two of them have made Dallas a solid team, and they have built the team around them. Dallas has not had superstars like them since they had Mike Modano, back when they won the Stanley Cup Title.
In Benn's career he has played in 585 games while tallying 218 goals to go along with 299 assists for a total of 517 points. Benn is in the prime of his career and is poised to get his opportunity at a Stanley Cup Title, but he needs to capitalize on it and not let it get away from him.
6 Carey Price
Carey Price is one of the elite goaltenders in the National Hockey League today, and he has gotten paid like one this off season. Price has signed an 8 year $84 million extension, which will start during the 2018-19 season. The former fifth overall selection in the 2005 NHL Draft, has helped Montreal consistently making the playoffs year in and year out when he is healthy, but they have not made it out of the Eastern Conference Finals.
In Price's career has played in 509 games while tallying a 270-175-55 record, to go along with a 2.40 GAA and a career .920 save percentage. Price is a former Hart Trophy Winner, Vezina Trophy Winner, and is the glue that keeps Montreal together. He has plenty of years left to help win a Stanley Cup title, but is going to need some help up front in Montreal especially in the postseason.
5 Joe Thornton
Joe Thornton is still kicking around in the National Hockey League, and the twenty year veteran is coming on his last legs. The former number one overall selection in the 1997 NHL Draft, has played in one Stanley Cup Final in his career and that was the 2016 Stanley Cup Final with the San Jose Sharks. Thornton has played his entire career with the Boston Bruins, and the San Jose Sharks.
In Thornton's illustrious career he has played in 1,446 games and has tallied 384 goals to go along with 1,007 assists for a total of 1,391 points. The former Hart Trophy Winner, and Art Ross winner during the 2005-06 season has had a remarkable career up to this point and it doesn't look like he will be ale to win a Stanley Cup. With his career coming to a close Thornton is looking like he will go down as one of the better players to play the game and not win a ring.
4 Rick Nash
Rick Nash is a yearly veteran who doesn't have a Stanley Cup Title under his belt, but has had a great career up to this point. The former first overall selection in the 2002 NHL Draft, has been the face of the franchise before during his tenure with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and he has joined a team that he helped bring to the Stanley Cup Final in the New York Rangers. Being able to have those qualities can help a team in so many different ways, and Rick Nash is one of those players.
In Nash's illustrious career he has played in 989 games while tallying 416 goals to go along with 355 assists for a total of 771 points. With Nash looking like he is on his way not only out of New York, but potentially heading into retirement there is no telling if he will ever have another chance of winning a Stanley Cup Title.
3 Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist had a great story going into his NHL career, as he is a former 7th round selection in the 2000 NHL Draft and it did not look promising until he made his NHL debut during the 2005-06 season. Now he is known as not only one of the best goaltenders of the current generation, but he also is known as one of the better goaltenders of all-time and he doesn't have a ring.
In Lundqvist's career he has played in 742 games while posting a 405-249-76 record, to go along with 2.32 GAA with a career .920 save percentage. He had his chance in the Stanley Cup Final where they lost to the eventual champions Los Angeles Kings. Lundqvist doesn't have that many seasons left under his belt, but he still has a very realistic chance of winning a Stanley Cup Title before he calls it quits.
2 Jarome Iginla
Jarome Iginla has had one of the worst luck when it has come to a potential Stanley Cup title. The former 11th overall selection in the 1995 NHL Draft, has had his opportunity at a Stanley Cup Title and was a part of the Calgary Flames team that lost in Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final. Iginla has been a journeyman in the National Hockey League, as he started his first 16 seasons in Calgary, before being traded to Pittsburgh, then he went to Boston, before going to Colorado, then was traded to the Kings, and now is currently a free agent.
In Ignila's historic career he has played in 1,554 games while tallying 625 goals to go along with 675 assists for a total of 1,300 points. With Iginla looking like he will be done very very soon, it looks like his chance of winning a Stanley Cup Title are very slim.
1 Alexander Ovechkin
Alexander Ovechkin has a list of accomplishments, and awards that show how dominant he has been during the regular season, but unfortunately when it comes to the post season he has struggled tremendously. The former number one overall selection in the 2004 NHL Draft, has not had great playoff success, and has never played in the Stanley Cup Final. Ovechkin has been the face of the Washington Capitals since he entered the league, and unfortunately no matter what group of guys that he plays with he can not make it out of the Eastern Conference.
In Ovechkin's historic career he has played in 921 games while tallying 558 goals to go along with 477 assists for a total of 1,035 points. Washington has had some serious talent on their teams in the past, but unfortunately have not been able to put it together in the post season long enough for them to get out of the Eastern Conference. If Ovechkin doesn't win a Stanley Cup during the remaining time that he has which is a long time, he will go down as one of the best players in NHL history to not have a Stanley Cup Title.