Top 5: Shooting percentage leaders

Who took their best shot, literally, in 2016-17? Check out how these six (there’s a tie for fifth spot) players hit the mark last season.

Take a look at some serious sniping talent, including a Capitals star that tops the list in this week’s Top 5.

1. T.J. Oshie – 23.1%

Washington’s first-rate forward scored an NHL career-best 33 goals (on 143 shots) in 2016-17. Seven of his goals came via the power play, one was short-handed, and four were game-winning tallies.

2. Paul Byron – 22.9%

He took less than 100 shots, 96, to be exact, but Byron made the most of them, netting a career-high 22 goals for Montreal. Six of his lamp-lighters were game winners, while one came when the Habs were short-handed.

3. Artem Anisimov – 21.0%

The 29-year-old centreman tied his NHL career-best (22) in goals on just 105 shots. Anisimov, who also had a personal-best 45 points, recorded seven game-winning tallies and had four power play goals for the Blackhawks.

4. Mark Scheifele – 20.0%

Winnipeg’s emerging superstar soared to several career-high marks in 2016-17, including goals (32, on 160 shots), assists (50) and points (82). Five of Scheifele’s tallies were of the game-winning variety, while seven came when the Jets were on the man-advantage.

5. Marcus Johansson – 18.6% (TIE)

Johansson, who played in all 82 regular season games, also had a career year in multiple offensive categories, most notably, 24 goals (on 129 shots) and 58 points. Five of his goals netted the Capitals a win and five came via the power play.

5. Rickard Rakell – 18.6% (TIE)

The Swedish star bulged the twine for Anaheim a career-best 33 times (on 177 shots) in 2016-17. Rakell’s biggest impact came in the game-winning goals category, as he led the league with 10 tallies, one more than the Western Conference trio of Jeff Carter, Cam Atkinson and Filip Forsberg.

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