There are thousands of hockey players that are available across the globe. Out of those thousands players, we are going to discuss about top 10 NHL Players in Virlan today.
Top NHL Players
Who’s the best Goalie? Who’s the best Center? Who are the Top Players right now?
What is NHL ?
The National Hockey League or NHL is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada.
The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and is one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.
The National Hockey League was organized on November 26, 1917, at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal, after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the National Hockey Association (NHA), which had been founded in 1909 in Renfrew, Ontario.
The NHL immediately took the NHA’s place as one of the leagues that contested for the Stanley Cup in an annual interleague competition before a series of league mergers and foldings left the NHL as the only league left competing for the Stanley Cup in 1926.
Who are Top Hockey Players ?
Hockey is a sport which is played between two teams. Players of the team keep moving the ball with the help of hockey stick and try to score by passing the ball in the opponent’s goal. There are different types of hockey namely: ice hockey, bandy and field hockey.
Back in the 1970s only 2.3% of NHL players came from the U.S. Fast forward to the present and almost 30% of players come from America. And, it is just not the sheer number of American players that are in the NHL, but the quality of player is outstanding.
So having to choose only 10 top NHL players to make a best of list from is difficult. There were some tough decisions, but, overall, the players below really represent an outstanding group of players to choose from.
1. Top NHL players : “Jack Eichel”
Eichel has had the unenviable task of trying to revive hockey in Buffalo. He totaled at least 56 points in each of his first three seasons for one of the worst teams in the league, but now the Sabres are among the best in the Eastern Conference and Eichel seems poised for a career season.
2. “Patrick Kane”, Top Hockey player
Patrick Kane the most decorated American hockey player of all-time. He was taken 1st overall in the NHL entry draft, won the Calder trophy for Rookie of the year, the Hart trophy for Most Valuable Player in 2016, oh and he won 3 Stanley Cups including the MVP in 2013. Not bad!
All the accomplishments are simply the outcome of his unbelievable skill set. When you watch Kane play you will see an out-of-this-world skill set who controls the play, and creates offense everytime he touches the puck. And, his shot is fantastic!
Kane passed the 1000 point mark for his career in the 2019-20 season, and has a good chance at finishing as the top American scorer of all-time by the end of his career.
3. “Auston Matthews” in Hockey
For a kid who grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, he has blown away expectations his whole life. Matthews was taken 1st overall in the 2016 draft year and he has not disappointed. In his first game with the Toronto Maple Leafs he scored 4 goals. 4 GOALS!
Matthews is already one of the top centers in the whole game, and is a pure of a goal scorer as there is. Look for him to win a few Rocket Richard trophies as top goal scorer in his career. And, possibly do the impossible of ending the Maple Leafs Stanley Cup drought since 1967.
4. NHL players : “Victor Hedman”
Hedman finished third among NHL defensemen behind Carlson and Josi with 55 points (11 goals, 44 assists) in 66 games last season. He was plus-27 (fourth among defensemen), had 47 takeaways (eighth), and averaged 24:04 of ice time (15th). Hedman, who was a finalist for the Norris Trophy for the third straight season (he won the award for 2017-18), ranks third in points with 244 (Burns, 271; Carlson, 250) and second with a plus-86 rating (Zdeno Chara, plus-88) among NHL defensemen since 2016-17.
He scored 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) and was plus-13 in 25 games to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as 2020 postseason MVP and help the Lightning win the Stanley Cup.
“[Hedman is] 6-foot-6, agile, mobile, great reach, great shot, reads the play well, physical,” Daneyko said. “He has all those attributes, so that’s why he is the best defenseman in the National Hockey League. He always makes the right play. We talked about how good he was in the Playoffs and rightfully so won the Conn Smythe Trophy and well-deserved championship with the Tampa Bay Lightning.”
5. “Claude Giroux” among top hockey players
Though the Flyers appear to be an organization in disarray, Giroux continues to go about his business as one of the best in the game. Following last season’s breakout 102-point performance, Giroux remains Philadelphia’s most consistent offensive threat and the team’s undisputed leader.
6. “David Pastrnak”
The right wing tied Ovechkin for the NHL lead in goals with 48, and his 95 points in 70 games were tied for third with Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers.
Pastrnak’s 20 power-play goals and 10 game-winning goals led the League and his 38 power-play points were third. Pastrnak has increased his goals and points totals in each of the past three seasons and has scored at least 34 goals and 70 points in each of the past four. He’s scored 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists) in 46 playoff games the past three seasons, fourth among all players.
“The skillset is there, without question,” Grimson said. “Skates exceptionally well, top end talent in that respect. Great playmaker, great shot, loves to get it off in stride. …It’s the way he processes the game. Finds time and space, makes utilization of that time and space, and finds a way to execute.”
7. Best hockey players : “Connor McDavid”
The reigning Art Ross Trophy winner, McDavid has registered at least 100 points in each of the last two seasons. He also currently ranks among the league leaders again.
8. Best players : “John Carlson”
Carlson was having an unbelievable season in 2019-20. He lead the entire NHL in points for the first 2 months of the NHL season. That is unheard of for a defensemen to be getting that many points. Carlson may finish the year in the top 10 of scoring – again. This is so rare for a defensemen to get that many points in one season.
Carlson is not just a great offensive defensemen, but can do it all over the ice. His defensive game is underrated and he ticks all the boxes for what people want in a #1 defensemen.
9. “Matthew Tkachuk”, best player in Hockey
Tkachuk is the son of former NHLer Keith Tkachuk. who would make the list of the Top 10 American Players of all-time. Tkachuk’s brother Brady also plays in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators.
Tkachuk is one of those players who is loved by all his teammates but hated by every team. Regularly booed in opposition rinks Tkachuk knows how to get under the skin of everybody he is playing against. Although he is not just an agitator, but has an extremely high hockey IQ. Moreover, he has an amazing hockey game defensively and is one of the best players in the NHL around the goal line.
In addition, Tkachuk’s younger brother Brady plays for the Ottawa Senators
10. Greatest NHL players : “Nathan MacKinnon”
A Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award finalist last season, MacKinnon finished fifth in the NHL with 93 points (35 goals, 58 assists) and third with 62 even-strength points. He had 29 multipoint games, scored at least one point in 53 of 69 games, and was plus-13. MacKinnon ranks third in the NHL over the past three seasons with 289 points (115 goals, 174 assists), behind McDavid (321) and Kucherov (313).
He was leading the NHL in playoff scoring with 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 15 games when the Avalanche were eliminated by the Stars in the 2020 Western Conference Second Round.
“You look at the physical tools of course. The speed and the strength. and the way that he’s able to combine that with the hands and the vision to become one of the best offensive players,” Johnson said. “But what he did in the playoffs this past year, is just something we don’t see … He has really pushed himself up now, three years in a row. Right into being in the conversation of being the best player in the world.”