Break out finger drags and double dekes; It’s officially qualifying week for NHL 23. The EA Vancouver team has shared their picks for faster wings, more powerful shotsand the Best skaters under 23 years, and today’s reveals are headlined by his definitive list of the top 50 player ratings. Will it be McDavid or Matthews at the top? Is Cale Makar still the best defender in the league? And will Kirill Kaprizov emerge from the Minnesota bubble with another 100-point season? It’s finally time to talk about club handles and flow, so here’s everything you need to know about the top 50 players in NHL 23.
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1. Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) – 95 OVR
Is it really up for debate? McDavid’s greatness comes from being a model of consistency, as the 25-year-old finished his 2020 career with new hardware (Hart, Pearson, Ross) and defied it all in 2021-22, leading the NHL in scoring for the second consecutive season with 123. points (44 goals, 79 assists). With the Edmonton Oilers short of their Stanley Cup bid, he also became the first player since Peter Forsberg (2002) to finish first in playoff scoring without reaching the Finals.
2. Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) – 94 OVR
Matthews has not gotten rid of the ‘stache’ and has not stopped scoring. In 2021-22, “Papi” recorded 106 points in just 73 games – winning the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP, the Ted Lindsay Award for “Most Outstanding Player” and the Maurice Richard Trophy after becoming the first player in a decade to score 60 goals or more in a season. He is only 24 years old, but Matthews is one of the most respected centers, as he has scored at least 34 goals in his first six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
3. Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) – 94 OVR
MacKinnon has been an offensive force for the Avs, as the former Halifax Moosehead led the NHL with 13 playoff goals last year, guiding Colorado to its first Stanley Cup win since 2001. He hasn’t played more than 69 games. in a season since then. 2018, but his performance is still considered elite, as he topped his 2020 Hart campaign with a final line of 88 points (32 goals, 56 assists) in 65 games.
4. Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche) – 94 OVR
“Cale Salad” is a type of numbers. The 23-year-old won his first Norris Trophy last season after scoring 86 points (28 goals, 58 assists) in 77 games and another 29 points in the playoffs, the fourth-highest total by a defenseman in a postseason and the the most since Brian Leetch (34) in 1993-94. Makar also became the first player in NHL history to win the NCAA Norris Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, Stanley Cup, and Hobey Baker Award. Reminder: he is only 23 years old.
5. Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay Lightning) – 94 OVR
Andrei Vasilevskiy remains an almost impenetrable wall. The 28-year-old netminder has led the NHL in wins for five straight seasons (2017-2021) and with three straight Stanley Cup Final appearances with the Lightning, he is 63-38-0 in 104 games with a 2.30 GAA and a .923 save percentage in the playoffs.
6. Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) – 93 OVR
Do not sleep in Draisaitl. The 26-year-old center mirrored (and surpassed) his 2020 Hart Trophy career with 110 points (55 goals, 55 assists) in 80 games and also led the NHL in wins (11) and average ice time among forwards (22). :twenty-one). He’s still a wizard in matchup circles and, as Oilers fans will tell you, he currently ranks second in the NHL in total goals (179) and total points (409) since 2018.
7. Roman Josi (Nashville Predators) – 93 OVR
Is Roman Josi still considered an elite defender? In 2021-22, the Predators captain recorded a career-high 96 points (23 goals, 73 assists) while leading the entire league in power-play goals (11) and becoming the first lineman blue to reach the 90-plus mark in a season since Ray Bourque did it in 1993-94. He is now 32 years old, but he is also poised for success with new teammates like Nino Niederreiter.
8. Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) – 93 OVR
“Sid The Kid” was one of the best scorers for the Penguins last season with 31 goals and 53 assists in 69 games, and even with his age and injury problems, he led Pittsburgh in power-play points (30), winning points goals (8) and match wins (760). Crosby also became the second Penguin to record 500 career goals from him and only the sixth player in league history to record 200 career points from him in the playoffs.
9. Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) – 93 OVR
Patrick Kane has been burying records for over 15 seasons. “Showtime” led the Blackhawks in tallies for the seventh straight year with 92 points (26 goals, 66 assists) in 2021-22, despite injuries and endless trade rumors. Kane remains a three-time Stanley Cup winner (2010, 2013, 2015) and while he leads the NHL in total assists (750) since entering the league in 2007-2008, he is also third in points (1,180) and 70 goals. away. him being one of 47 players to reach the 500 career mark.
10. Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning) – 93 OVR
The 6-foot-6, 241-pound brick Swedish house posted 85 points (20 goals, 65 assists) in 82 games en route to being named a Norris Trophy finalist for the sixth straight season. Hedman hasn’t won the award since 2018, but he’s still a two-way force who finished third in the NHL in power play points (38).
The best 11-50 players in NHL 23
The rest of the top 50 player ratings do not include new alumni PK Subban, Keith Yandle and Zdeno Chara, but they do feature skaters. Artemi Panarin (92), Johnny Gaudreau (90), Mitch Marner (90), Steven Stamkos (90), Jack Eichel (89), Eugene Malkin (89)Y Thatcher Demko (89).
11. Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers) – 92 OVR
12. Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers) – 92 OVR
13. Jonathan Huberdeau (Calgary Flames) – 92 OVR
14. Artemi Panarin (New York Rangers) – 92 OVR
15. Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) – 92 OVR
16. Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) – 92 OVR
17. Kirill Kaprizov (Minnesota Wild) – 91 OVR
18. David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins) – 91 OVR
19. Brad Marchand (Boston Bruins) – 91 OVR
20. Mikko Rantanen (Colorado Avalanche) – 91 OVR
21. Adam Fox (New York Rangers) – 90 OVR
22. Matthew Tkachuk (Florida Panthers) – 90 OVR
23. Johnny Gaudreau (Blue Jackets of Columbus) – 90 OVR
24. Mitch Marner (Toronto Maple Leafs) – 90 OVR
25. Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning) – 90 OVR
26. Jacob Markstrom (Calgary Flames) – 90 OVR
27. Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets) – 90 OVR
28. John Gibson (Anaheim Ducks) – 90 OVR
29. Kyle Connor (Winnipeg Jets) – 90 OVR
30. John Carlson (Washington Capitals) – 90 OVR
31. Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) – 89 OVR
32. Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins) – 89 OVR
33. Charlie McAvoy (Boston Bruins) – 89 OVR
34. Sebastian Aho (Carolina Hurricanes) – 89 OVR
35. Elias Lindholm (Calgary Flames) – 89 OVR
36. Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado Avalanche) – 89 OVR
37. Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings) – 89 OVR
38. Filip Forsberg (Nashville Predators) – 89 OVR
39. Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings) – 89 OVR
40. Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) – 89 OVR
41. Brayden Point (Tampa Bay Lightning) – 89 OVR
42. Alex Pietrangelo (Vegas Golden Knights) – 89 OVR
43. Alex DeBrincat (Ottawa Senators) – 89 OVR
44. Jack Eichel (Golden Knights of Vegas) – 89 OVR
45. Juuse Saros (Nashville Predators) – 89 OVR
46. Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers) – 89 OVR
47. Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings) – 89 OVR
48. Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets) – 89 OVR
49. Frederik Andersen (Carolina Hurricanes) – 89 OVR
50. Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks) – 89 OVR
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