The top 10 shootout goals of 2017 (PHT Year in Review)

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(Pro Hockey Talk is taking a look back at the year in hockey. We’ll be presenting you with the best goals, saves, moments, players and much more as we bring you the best of 2017.)

The shootout is loved by some and hated by others, but it’s one of the few times a player will get a clear opportunity to be creative on the ice during a game.

Hockey players around the world pulled off some incredible shootout moves in 2017, and we’re going to show them some love on PHT.

10. Hunter Olson 

Being able to change direction like this just isn’t fair. You’ve got to feel a little sorry for this high school goaltender:

9. Tye Felhaber vs. Peterborough Petes (Oct. 6)

The Ottawa 67’s forward stick-handled dangerously close to the opposing netminder, but he still managed to score the game-winning goal for his team:

8. Mitch Marner vs. Ottawa Senators (Jan. 21)

After review, we have determined that Marner has some of the best mitts in the league:

7. Grant Valiquette (Feb. 11)

Lakehead’s Grant Valiquette scored a pretty unique shootout goal against the Western Mustangs in Ontario University Hockey action earlier this year. Batting the puck out of mid-air on a shootout attempt is ridiculous:

6. Adam Dixon, Team Canada vs. Korea (Nov. 22)

This behind-the-back goal by Dixon is simply insane:

5. Aleksander Barkov vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Nov. 22)

Barkov needed just one hand to make it on to our list. He had multiple shootout goals that could have made our top 10:

4. Rasmus Ristolainen vs. Anaheim Ducks (Mar. 17)

Barkov isn’t the only one that could pull off the old Peter Forsberg-like move. Ristolainen pulled this off in the ninth round of the shootout with his team needing a goal to stay alive:

3. Joonas Donskoi vs. Anaheim Ducks (Nov. 4)

Donskoi is a savage for doing this to Ducks goalie Ryan Miller. You’ve gotta love the reaction on the Sharks bench. Check out the hands on this guy:

2. Nikita Kucherov vs. Buffalo Sabres (Mar. 24)

The fact that Kucherov even dreamed of trying this in a game is ridiculous. It’s different, gutsy and executed to perfection. Sorry Robin Lehner:

1. Olle Lycksell, SweHL Linkopings HC (Dec. 5)

Lycksell, who is a Flyers prospect, totally owned the opposing goaltender with this terrific move. You can watch this one all day:

Previously:
The top hockey bloopers of 2017
The best hockey moments of 2017
The 20 best NHL players of 2017

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.