Local Roots: The greatest NHL players of all-time from Massachusetts

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 11: Keith Tkachuk
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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 20: Chris Kreider /

19. Ryan Whitney, Boston: Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers 2005 – 2014

Just three seasons ago, defenseman Ryan Whitney called it a career. He spent time with four NHL teams, the majority coming with the Penguins and Oilers. Surprisingly, he was never selected to represent his league in an NHL All-Star Game.

Whitney appeared in 481 games over the course of his career, and he finished with 259 points on 50 goals and 209 assists.

18. Chris Kreider, Boxford: New York Rangers 2012 – Present

Chris Kreider will enter his 6th season with the Rangers this October, along with fellow Massachusetts natives Jimmy Vesey and Kevin Hayes. While those two haven’t quite cracked this list yet, they may in the future.

Kreider is the veteran of that group, with 323 NHL games under his belt. In those games, Kreider has tallied 182 points and a +53 +/- rating.

17. John Carlson, Natick: Washington Capitals 2009 – Present

Defenseman John Carlson from Natick, MA averages nearly one point per two games. He has been with the Capitals for his entire career, and he has already appeared in 526 games.

Carlson has not won any major awards, but he is consistently receiving votes for the Lady Byng Trophy.