The 10 former Michigan hockey players with the most NHL goals in their careers

Michigan’s 2021-22 hockey team presented a collection of unprecedented NHL talent at the college level.

The Wolverines, who lost to Denver in a national semifinal on April 7, had 13 NHL draft picks on their list, including an NCAA record of seven first-round picks.

Five of those first-rounders have already signed pro deals and have the potential to advance to successful NHL careers, but they would not be the first to do so.

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More than 100 former Wolverines have played at least one NHL game, and 23 players are currently in the league.

So who are the best former Michigan goal scorers of all time? It’s up for debate, but here are the 10 ex-Wolverines with the most NHL goals. Four are currently active and several others such as Zach Hyman, Zach Werenski, JT Compher and Josh Norris could climb into the top 10 in the coming years.

Not surprisingly, all 10 players are strikers, but Werenski, a 24-year-old defender for the Columbus Blue Jackets, already has 76 goals in six seasons – 71 goals after 10th place.

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Nr. 10: Dylan Larkin, 147 goals

The 25-year-old Detroit Red Wings captain is likely to be much higher on this list when he completes his budding career. He is in the middle of the best season in Detroit, where he is not back with his career high of 32 goals with nine games left of the regular season.

Larkin, who has played 501 games in his career, has scored at least 16 goals in all but one of his seven NHL seasons. 2014 No. 15 overall pick scored nine goals in 44 games during the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season. The fast center and Plymouth native had 15 goals and 32 assists in 35 games during his only season in Michigan in 2014-15.

Nr. 9: John Madden, 165 goals

Madden was not known for his ability to score goals, but he still reached the 20-goal mark in five of 13 NHL seasons. Just like in Michigan, he was an important part of the penalty shootout and had 17 shorthanded goals in his career, including a league-high six in 1999-2000 with the New Jersey Devils.

He played his first 10 years in New Jersey before short stints with the Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild and Florida Panthers.

The native Barrie, Ontario had 348 career points in 898 NHL games after spending four seasons with the Wolverines from 1993-97. He is number 23 in program history with 80 goals.

Nr. 8: Mike Comrie, 169 goals

As a third-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 1999, Comrie hit the plateau with 30 goals in two of his first five seasons, but scored no more than 21 in any of his last five years.

The Edmonton native played for six different organizations, including four years with his hometown Oilers. He finished with 365 career points in 589 games. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound center retired as a 31-year-old after three hip surgeries during his career.

In two seasons with Michigan from 1998-00, Comrie recorded 43 goals and 60 assists in 82 games.

Nr. 7: Kyle Connor, 173 goals

The Winnipeg Jets star is one of the top scorers in the league and is currently in fifth place with 42 goals this season, which is a career high. The 25-year-old already has three seasons with 30 goals and may find himself at the top of Michigan’s career goal list when he hangs up the skates.

His 85 points in 71 games this year is also a career high. The native Shelby Township was the No. 17 overall of the Jets in 2015 and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist in his only season at Ann Arbor in 2015-16, finishing with 35 goals and 36 assists in 38 games.

Nr. 6: Andrew Cogliano, 174 goals

Cogliano leads all former Wolverines with 1,131 NHL games played, but his goal score has dropped later in his career. He scored double-digit goals in 10 of his first 11 seasons, but has not reached that mark since scoring 12 goals in 2017-18. Still, the smooth-running 34-year-old has built a solid NHL career as a reliable striker at both ends of the ice.

He was drafted as the 25th overall by the Oilers in 2005 and has played with five NHL teams. Cogliano began the season with the Sharks and had four goals and 11 assists in 56 games before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche for a fifth-round pick by the deadline. His best season came in 2013-14 with the Anaheim Ducks, where he scored 21 goals in his career.

Nr. 5: Brendan Morrison, 200 goals

The 1993 election in the second round of the New Jersey Devils was better known for his playing ability, but was still a reliable goal scorer at the NHL level. He had four 20-goal seasons during his 14-year career, achieving a career-high 25 in 2002-03.

All of his four seasons with 20 goals were during his eight-year stay with the Vancouver Canucks. In 934 NHL matches, the British Colombian native counted 601 points.

Morrison is one of two winners of the Hobey Baker Award in Michigan’s history. He is the program’s all-time leader with 284 points from 1994-97 and was instrumental in helping the Wolverines win the national championship in 1996.

Nr. 4: Red Berenson, 261 goals

The only player on this list who began his NHL career before 1996, Berenson was a pioneer for NCAA players who took the leap from college to the pros. After scoring a program record for a single season with 43 goals in 1961-62, Berenson fit just days later for the Montreal Canadiens.

The Regina, Saskatchewan native scored 14 goals in 136 games with Montreal before his career took off with St. Regina. Louis Blues, where he scored 172 goals in 519 games. Berenson still holds the record for most goals in an NHL game with six against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 7, 1968.

The legendary Michigan coach also spent time with the Red Wings and New York Rangers, where he ended his career with 658 points in 987 games.

Nr. 3: Mike Knuble, 278 games

Knuble played 1,068 games in the NHL, despite not making his debut until six years after being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the fourth round in 1991.

The Toronto native won a Cup with Detroit in 1998, but his most productive years came with the Bruins and Flyers. He scored 34 goals in his career with the Flyers in 2005-06 and had eight seasons with 20 goals.

Knuble played four seasons with Wolverines from 1991-95 and is in eighth place in the program’s history with 103 career goals.

Nr. 2: Mike Cammalleri, 294 goals

The election in the second round of his Los Angeles career in 2001 went on to a solid 15-year NHL career, where he played with five organizations. He scored 34 goals in 2006-07 with the Kings and scored 39 in his career with the Calgary Flames two seasons later.

Cammalleri hit the 80 point mark in both of those years, but eclipsed 50 points just a second time.

In three seasons with the Wolverines from 1999-02, the Toronto native had 65 goals and 65 assists in 109 games.

Nr. 1: Max Pacioretty, 320 goals

Pacioretty’s scoring ability has not diminished despite being 33 years old. He has missed much of this season due to injury, but he still has 16 goals in just 31 games with the Vegas Golden Knights. In his last full season in 2019-20, he scored 32 goals in 71 games.

The Connecticut native has an elite shot and has used it to score at least 30 goals in six of his 14 NHL seasons. The overall number 22 of Montreal in 2007 scored a career-high 39 for the Canadiens in 2013-14.

He was traded to the Golden Knights after the 2018 season.

In 842 games, Pacioretty has 635 points.

The 6-foot-2, 217-pound spent just one year in Michigan, scoring 15 goals and 24 points in 37 games in 2007-08.

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