51 2019–20 Nhl Season Best Players of All Time

Brandon McNally

The 2019-20 NHL season was one of the most anticipated in recent memory. After a thrilling 2018-19 season that saw the St. Louis Blues win the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history, fans were looking forward to another exciting season of hockey.

With teams making moves in the offseason to improve their rosters, the season looked to be filled with exciting storylines. Unfortunately, the season was suspended indefinitely on March 12, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many fans without the closure they were hoping for.

Despite the abrupt end to the season, the 2019-20 NHL season was an exciting one and will be remembered for its thrilling moments.

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1. Connor McDavid

Edmonton Oilers

Connor McDavid Career

  • NHL team: Edmonton Oilers
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2015
  • Edmonton Oilers

Connor McDavid is a young, incredibly talented hockey player who was drafted first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. 

McDavid has quickly become one of the best players in the league and is considered to be a superstar.

He is currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers. McDavid is a natural scorer who can light up the scoreboard with his amazing skills on the ice. 

He has already won numerous awards and accolades during his short career so far, including being named Rookie of The Year in 2015 and 2017 as well as MVP of The 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.

McDavid will undoubtedly continue to amass accolades and win trophies throughout his illustrious career - he truly is an incredible talent. Connor McDavid is the first player in NHL history to score 100 points in his rookie season. 

Connor McDavid was born on January 6, 1997, in Toronto, Ontario. In October 2014, Connor McDavid was drafted with the 1st overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL Draft.

Connor Mc David led all rookies with 67 goals and 113 points during the 2015-2016 season which earned him a nomination for The Calder Trophy as Rookie of The Year. 

Connor Mc David has been named to play for Team Canada at both the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and the 2018 Olympic Games.

Also Played For: stanley cup, 2020–21 nhl season

2. Nathan MacKinnon

Colorado Avalanche

Nathan MacKinnon Career

  • NHL team: Colorado Avalanche
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2013
  • Colorado Avalanche

Nathan MacKinnon is a gifted hockey player who has already enjoyed a very successful career. 

He was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 2013 and has since gone on to win several awards, including the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie of that year.

His success continues into 2019, with him scoring 29 goals for the Avalanche so far this season. 

Nathan Mackinnon is known for his speed and skill on ice - making him an incredibly dangerous player to opposing teams. 

In 2020 he will be entering his fourth season with the Avalanche and looks set to continue his impressive form long into the future.

Nathan MacKinnon was drafted 1st overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2013. He has since been a staple on the team's roster, scoring over 100 points in each of his first 3 seasons and helping lead them to back-to-back Stanley Cup victories. 

Nathan is an explosive player with great puck control who can score from anywhere on the ice. His play has led him to be nominated for several awards, including MVP and Hart Memorial Trophy in 2016-2017 season respectively.

In 2018 he became just the second player ever (after Wayne Gretzky) to win both the Art Ross and Hart trophies in consecutive years, cementing his status as one of hockey's best players ever.

Also Played For: 2018–19 nhl season, 2017–18 nhl season

3. Victor Hedman

Tampa Bay Lightning

Victor Hedman Career

  • NHL team: Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Former teams: Modo Hockey
  • Barys Astana
  • National team: Sweden
  • NHL Draft: 2nd overall, 2009
  • Tampa Bay Lightning

Victor Hedman is a defenseman for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was drafted by the Bolts with their first-round pick, number seven overall in 2008. 

Hedman has made an impact on both ends of the ice during his time in Tampa Bay and has twice been named to the NHL All-Star Team (2011, 2013).

Injuries have slowed down Hedman in recent years but he is still considered one of the best defenders in the game. 

Victor Hedman will continue to play at a high level for as long as he can stay healthy – he’s a player that fans should keep an eye on going forward. Victor Hedman is a defenseman for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He was drafted by the team in 2009 and has been with them since. Victor Hedman has had a successful career, winning two Stanley Cups with the Lighting and being named to multiple All-Star teams. 

Victor Hedman also plays for Sweden at the international level and has won a gold medal at the World Championships as well as silver medals at both the Olympics and the World Cup of Hockey.

In 2017, Victor Hedman signed an eight-year contract extension with the Lightning that will keep him with the club until the 2024-25 season.

Also Played For: nhl under 25, national hockey league

4. Patrick Kane

Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Kane Career

  • NHL team: New York Rangers
  • Former teams: Chicago Blackhawks
  • EHC Biel
  • National team: United States
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2007
  • Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Kane is an NHL right wing who has spent his entire career with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was drafted first overall in the 2007 NHL Draft and quickly established himself as one of the league's top young stars.

In 2013, Kane scored 50 goals to help lead the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup championship in six seasons. Kane was voted onto the U.S. 

Men’s National Team for various tournaments throughout 2011-12 and 2012-13, including a gold medal at the IIHF World Championship that year.

After being sidelined for nearly two months due to a knee injury sustained during preseason play, he returned to score 16 goals in 19 games during December 2014 - earning him player of the month honors from The Hockey News magazine. 

Patrick Kane is married with two children and enjoys playing golf and spending time with family members Patrick Kane is a professional ice hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted first overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Blackhawks and made his debut with them during the 2008–09 season. In 2010, he won a gold medal with Team USA at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. 

He also played on United States teams that won silver medals at both World Championships (2017 and 2018) as well as their fourth consecutive appearance in the World Junior Championship finals (2007-11). 

On October 5th, 2019, Patrick Kane scored his 500th career goal in an 8-0 win over Nashville Predators.

Also Played For: nhl

5. Nikita Kucherov

Tampa Bay Lightning

Nikita Kucherov Career

  • NHL team: Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Former teams: CSKA Moscow
  • National team: Russia
  • NHL Draft: 58th overall, 2011
  • Tampa Bay Lightning

Nikita Kucherov is a talented and skilled player who has been developing at an impressive rate since joining the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014. 

He has scored over 100 goals in each of his four seasons with the team, making him one of their most important players.

Kucherov was also named to the NHL All-Star Team for the 2017–2018 season, becoming only the third Russian player ever to be nominated for that award. 

His success on the ice has led to him being featured as a model for various brands and magazines, including GQ Russia and L'Officiel Hommes France among others.

In addition to hockey, Kucherov is passionate about snowboarding and enjoys spending time with his family when he's not playing or practicing hockey Nikita Kucherov is a right-wing who shoots left. 

He was drafted 58th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2011 NHL Draft. 

In his playing career, Nikita has played for CSKA Moscow and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He has also represented Russia at the international level. Nikita's play on the ice consistently produces points which have helped him to be one of the top scorers in the NHL today.

6. Steven Stamkos

Tampa Bay Lightning

Steven Stamkos Career

  • NHL team: Tampa Bay Lightning
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2008
  • Tampa Bay Lightning

Stamkos is a talented and skilled hockey player who has been able to achieve great success with the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Stamkos was born in Canada but grew up playing hockey for minor league teams before being drafted by the Lightning in 2008.

He has won multiple awards, including two Conn Smythe Trophies as MVP of the playoffs, during his time with the Lighting. 

Stamkos is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and there are many rumors linking him to a move away from Tampa Bay.

However, he has yet to confirm any plans and will most likely decide what route he takes later this year. 

Stamkos is one of the most exciting players in NHL history and his ability on the ice guarantees that he will continue achieving great things for years to come. 

Stamkos was the first overall draft pick in 2008 by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Stamkos has had a successful career with the Lightning, leading them to two Stanley Cup appearances and one Eastern Conference championship. 

Stamkos is also a key member of Canada's national team, having won gold at both the 2014 Olympics and World Championships. He will be an important player for years to come as he continues to develop his skills on ice.

Also Played For: 2012–13 nhl season

7. Leon Draisaitl

Edmonton Oilers

Leon Draisaitl Career

  • NHL team: Edmonton Oilers
  • National team: Germany
  • NHL Draft: 3rd overall, 2014
  • Edmonton Oilers

Leon Draisaitl was born on October 27th, 1995 in Cologne, Germany. He is a 6'2" tall centreman who currently plays for the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL. 

Draisaitl first made an impact at the junior level with his hometown team HC Köln before being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 2013 as part of their inaugural draft class.

In 2017 he won his first Stanley Cup with Edmonton over the Boston Bruins. 

Outside of hockey, Draisaitl enjoys spending time with his family and friends, including participating in charity events and supporting various causes close to his heart such as helping disadvantaged youth find opportunities they may not have otherwise had access to.

Leon Draisaitl is a young, talented center/left wing who was drafted 3rd overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2014 NHL Draft. 

He has had an impressive playing career to date, representing Germany at various junior levels before making his debut with them at the senior level in 2013. 

In 2014 he signed with the Oilers and made his professional debut that season, scoring 10 goals and adding 18 assists for 28 points in 48 games played.

In 2015-16 Leon continued to perform well for Edmonton, posting 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) in 66 games played as they reached the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history; however, they were unable to advance past the first round this time around. 

Leon score 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists) in 82 games as he led all forwards on Edmonton's roster en route to their third consecutive playoff appearance; however, once again they were unable to make it past the first round this time around - losing 2-1 against Calgary Flames in six hard-fought games.

Leon so far - recording 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) through 35 games played which puts him 5th among all NHL players currently playing - leading many pundits and experts to declare him one of 'the best centers / left wings' currently active.

8. David Pastrňák

Boston Bruins

David Pastrňák Career

  • 2012–13: Södertälje SK
  • 2013–14: Södertälje SK
  • 2013–14: Södertälje SK
  • 2014–15: Providence
  • 2014–15: Boston Bruins
  • 2015–16: Boston Bruins
  • 2015–16: Providence 

David Pastrňák was born on May 25th, 1996 in Havířov, Czech Republic. 

At just 6'1", David is one of the smallest players in the NHL and his size has often been a disadvantage against bigger opposition.

Despite this, David has played for HC Kladno (junior), Boston Bruins (rookie), Worcester Sharks (AHL) and Providence Bruins (ECHL). 

In 2016-17 he led all AHL rookies with 36 goals and 76 points in 78 games as Worcester Sharks advanced to the Calder Cup Final where they lost to Toronto Marlies 4-3.

The following season he posted 24 goals and 56 points in 73 games as Providence was again eliminated from playoff contention late in the season by Hartford Wolf Pack 3-2.

In overtime of Game 7 of their first-round series which also went into overtime after regulation time had expired resulting David Pastrňák was drafted 25th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2014 NHL Draft.

David Pastrňák has played for the Czech Republic at both junior and senior levels, including a gold medal victory at the World Junior Championships in 2013. David Pastrňák is primarily a right-wing, but he can also play center or left-wing if needed. 

David Pastrňák scored his first professional goal on October 25th, 2014 against Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski. 

Injuries have been an issue for David Pastrňák throughout his career; however, he has bounced back each time to play again later that season or even further down the line.

It is expected that David Pastrnaek will be playing with the Bruins full-time starting next season after impressing during his rookie campaign last year.

Also Played For: providence bruins

9. Artemi Panarin

New York Rangers

Artemi Panarin Career

  • 2011–12: Ak Bars Kazan
  • 2012–13: Vityaz Chekhov
  • 2012–13: SKA Saint Petersburg
  • 2013–14: SKA Saint Petersburg
  • 2014–15: SKA Saint Petersburg
  • 2015–16: Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2016–17: Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2017–18: Columbus Blue Jackets

Artemi Panarin is a talented left wing who has been playing in the NHL since 2016. In his first three seasons, he was an integral part of the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-winning team.

He then signed with the New York Rangers in 2021 and helped them reach the playoffs that year. However, they were unable to win any games and eventually lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round.

In 2022-23, Panarin struggled for ice time with New York as injuries started piling up for him and he spent most of his time on their AHL affiliate team instead of with the Rangers themselves. 

Panarin was drafted by the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft.

He played for Vityaz Chekhov before joining Ak Bars Kazan in 2013. Panarin won a gold medal with Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics and helped his team win another championship in 2017. 

He signed with Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent in 2018, where he has since been an integral part of their roster.

In 2019, Panarin was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as Canada's most gentlemanly player during playoffs; this marked his first time being honored with such an award outside of Russia.

Belarusian hockey leagues Panarin is expected to become a free agent after this season and will likely join one of the top teams in the ice hockey league.

Also Played For: new york rangers

10. Brad Marchand

Boston Bruins

Brad Marchand Career

  • NHL team: Boston Bruins
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 71st overall, 2006
  • Boston Bruins
  • Playing career: 2008–present

Brad Marchand has spent his entire NHL career with the Boston Bruins. He is a very versatile player who can score goals and assists as well as play in all three zones.

Known for his hard work ethic, Marchand is an important part of the Bruins’ success over the years. In 2016, he was named to the All-Star Game and won MVP honors after scoring four goals and adding two assists in six games.

Brad Marchand will be playing at least another five seasons in the NHL so make sure to watch him closely. 

Brad Marchand is a left winger for the Boston Bruins, and he has been playing in the NHL since 2008. He was drafted by the Bruins in 2006, and quickly became one of their top players.

In 2011-12, he led all rookies with 44 goals and 97 points, which helped lead Boston to their first Stanley Cup championship in 39 years. 

Brad Marchand continued his success into subsequent seasons, amassing over 150 points three times (2012-13; 2013-14; 2014-15). 

His hard work off the ice also won him several awards including being named an alternate captain for both Boston's AHL team (the Providence Bruins) as well as Canada's national team at various tournaments throughout his career.

As of the present day, Brad Marchand continues to be one of the best forwards in hockey - ranking fourth overall on the all-time assists list behind only Wayne Gretzky、 Mario Lemieux & Gordie Howe with 239 helpers from 607 games played.

11. Andrei Vasilevskiy

Tampa Bay Lightning

Andrei Vasilevskiy Career

  • NHL team: Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Former teams: Salavat Yulaev Ufa
  • National team: Russia
  • NHL Draft: 19th overall, 2012
  • Tampa Bay Lightning

Vasilevskiy is a goaltender for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Vasilevskiy was drafted by the Lighting in 2012 and has since developed into one of their top goaltenders.

He helped lead Russia to silver at the World Juniors this year, as well as helping Team Europe win a bronze medal at the same tournament. 

Vasilevskiy is considered one of the brightest young goaltenders in hockey and will be looking to continue his development with the Lightning moving forward Andrei Vasilevskiy was born in Minsk, Belarus on March 5th, 1995.

He captained Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) from 2016-2018 and helped lead them to two championships during that time period. 

Vasilevskiy made his NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 9th, 2018 against the Carolina Hurricanes and recorded a win in his first game as a starter. 

Andrei is currently playing for Russian club Ufa in the KHL playoffs and has yet to lose any games this postseason thus far.

Andrei Vasilevskiy is an extremely talented goaltender who will hopefully continue to develop and reach even greater heights within the NHL.

12. Aleksander Barkov

Florida Panthers

Aleksander Barkov Career

  • NHL team: Florida Panthers
  • Former teams: Tappara
  • National team: Finland
  • NHL Draft: 2nd overall, 2013
  • Florida Panthers
  • Playing career: 2011–present

Aleksander Barkov was born on September 2nd, 1995 in Tampere, Finland. He is a center ice hockey player and has played for the Florida Panthers since 2015.

Aleksander Barkov has scored over 100 points in each of his three seasons with the Panthers, including 118 points in 2016-17. 

Aleksander Barkov is known for his strong defensive play and ability to score goals both from close range and further out on the ice.

Aleksander Barkov was drafted second overall by the Florida Panthers in 2013. He has since played for Tappara in Finland and is currently with the Panthers. 

Aleksander Barkov has represented his country at several international competitions, including the World Junior Championships and the Olympics.

His hockey career has been successful so far, winning two Stanley Cups with the Panthers in 2016 and 2017. Aleksander Barkov is a very talented player who will be an important part of any team he plays for in future seasons.

Also Played For: florida panthers

13. Patrice Bergeron

Boston Bruins

Patrice Bergeron Career

  • NHL team: Boston Bruins
  • Former teams: HC Lugano
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 45th overall, 2003

Bergeron is a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Boston Bruins. 

Bergeron has been nominated for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player on five occasions, winning it in 2011 and 2013.

He finished second in voting for the Art Ross Trophy as the leading scorer in 2017–18. Bergeron was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in 2001, but he never played for them because they were moved to Denver before he could make his debut with them.

The Bruins acquired him in a trade with Quebec shortly after the 2002–03 season, and he has been a fixture of their lineup ever since aside from one year when he missed half of 2012–13 due to injury (he also missed much of 2009–10). 

On September 25th, 2018 Patrice Bergeron announced his retirement from professional hockey following 17 seasons of playing 1,257 games scoring 801 points and averaging 0:43 per game.

Including 181 goals and 149 assists over that time span making him the only player ever to score more than 900 career points while averaging under forty minutes played per game Patrice Bergeron has spent his entire professional career with the Boston Bruins and is one of the most consistent players in the NHL.

He was drafted 45th overall by Boston in 2003 and has since emerged as one of their key contributors on both offense and defense. 

Patrice Bergeron is a two-time winner of the Selke Trophy ( awarded to the best defensive forward in hockey), as well as being named to five all-star teams throughout his career. 

In 2018 he became just the third player in league history to record at least 1,500 points and 500 assists for his career - joining Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe Jr., among others. 

Patrice Bergeron will be an unrestricted free agent at the season's end, but there are no indications that he plans to retire from playing hockey anytime soon.

14. Roman Josi

Nashville Predators

Roman Josi Career

  • NHL team: Nashville Predators
  • Former teams: SC Bern
  • National team: Switzerland
  • NHL Draft: 38th overall, 2008
  • Nashville Predators
  • Playing career: 2007–present

Roman Josi is a defenseman for the Nashville Predators. He has been with the team since its inception in 2006-07 and helped bring it to within one game of winning the Stanley Cup in 2017.

Josi was drafted by Nashville in the third round, 78th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons (2006-11) with HC Davos before joining Preds' affiliate, EHC Biel/Bienne of the Swiss National League A (NLA).

In his first season with Preds' main club, he notched 20 points (5G+15A) while helping lead them to their first-ever playoff appearance. 

The following year he put up 41 points (10G+31A), earning him an All-Star selection and a spot on Team Europe at both the World Championships and Olympic games; where Switzerland finished fourth after being eliminated from medal contention early on by Canada and Sweden respectively.

Josi's consistent play during his time as a Predator saw him earn the alternate captaincy for two consecutive seasons from 2012-14 before taking over full-time starting 2015-16 when Shea Weber left for Montreal Canadiens. 

Leading Nashville to back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy victories that same year – becoming just one player out of nine total players along with teammate Pekka Rinne who have won multiple MVP awards during their careers playing for either Predators or Penguins organization teams combined.

Roman also became just the second player ever behind Patrick Roy to be named league MVP twice consecutively as well as capturing 3 other major individual honors such as First All-Star Team Selection Twice (NHL & NLA). 

Second Team All-Star Selection Twice(NHL & NLA)and Three-Time winners of the Defensive Player Of The Year Award which he currently holds a record alongside Erik Karlsson among current active defenders. 

Injury-plagued throughout most part of 2018, however, bounced back strong at the beginning 2019 campaign tallying 38 points including 23 goals en route to securing 4th place finish amongst a voting panel consisting mostly of former great offensive defensemen such as Bobby Orr Carey Price Brent Burns Duncan Keith John McEnroe, etc. 

Thus qualifying him once again for entry into the prestigious IIHF World Championship tournament this summer alongside fellow NHL Central Division rivals Connor McDavid Ryan Suter Drew Doughty, etc.

Roman Josi is a defenseman for the Nashville Predators. He was drafted by the Predators in 2008 and has since played for them ever since. Josi started his career with SC Bern before moving on to play in the NHL with Nashville. 

He has represented Switzerland at multiple international tournaments, including World Championships and the Olympics Games. 

In 2017-18, he led all defensemen in scoring with 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists). Roman Josi is considered one of the best defenders in the NHL and will continue to be an important part of the Predators team for years to come.

Also Played For: nashville predators

15. Johnny Gaudreau

Columbus Blue Jackets

Johnny Gaudreau Career

  • 2009–10: Team Comcast 18U AAA
  • 2009–10: Team Comcast 18U AAA
  • 2009–10: Gloucester Catholic High School
  • 2010–11: Dubuque Fighting Saints
  • 2011–12: Boston College
  • 2012–13: Boston College
  • 2013–14: Boston College
  • 2013–14: Calgary Flames

Johnny Gaudreau is a 29-year-old American forward who currently plays for the Calgary Flames. Gaudreau was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round, 22nd overall of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

He then signed with Calgary as an unrestricted free agent in July 2014. In his rookie season (2014-15), Gaudreau set career highs in points (73) and assists (38). 

His 73 points were second highest ever to Jarome Iginla, while his 38 assists ranked third behind Patrick Kane and Phil Kessel.

The following season he improved on both numbers, scoring 94 points and assisting on 51 goals – good for fourth place all-time among rookies in both categories behind only. 

Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, and Mario Lemieux respectively; additionally he made his Stanley Cup playoff debut that year playing 11 games before being eliminated by Anaheim in the first round.

In 2016-17, Johnny continued where he left off from 2015-16 by setting new personal bests again with 97 points (41 goals + 62 assists) en route to being named runner-up for the Hart Memorial Trophy as MVP of the NHL playoffs after leading Calgary to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 2004. 

Injury has been a common theme throughout much of Johnny's professional career - missing over 60% of regular season games due to injury three times including 65 contests during 2017–18 which led some pundits [to] question whether or not this would be his last hurrah. 

However, at age 30 there is still plenty of hockey left inside “Johnny Hockey” so fingers crossed.

Johnny Gaudreau was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 104th overall slot of the 2011 NHL Draft. The left winger has spent his entire professional career with the Flames, debuting in 2014-15. 

Johnny is a prolific scorer, having scored at least 20 goals four times and 40 or more once during his time in Calgary. 

He also racked up over 100 points twice, earning him both an Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy as MVP of the NHL's postseason competition. 

In April 2018, it was announced that Gaudreau had signed an eight-year contract extension with Calgary worth $49 million CAD (approximately £37 million GBP). 

Johnny is considered one of Canada’s most promising young players and holds dual citizenship with both Canada and the United States; he made his international debut for Team USA at age 19 against Denmark back in October 2013.

Also Played For: ncaa hockey, 2014–15 nhl season

16. John Tavares

Toronto Maple Leafs

John Tavares Career

  • NHL team: Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Former teams: New York Islanders
  • SC Bern
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2009
  • New York Islanders

John Tavares is a talented and skilled center who has spent his entire NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

He was drafted first overall by the Maple Leafs in 2009 and has since established himself as one of the league's top scorers.

In 2018, he won his fourth Stanley Cup championship with Toronto, cementing himself as one of hockey's all-time greats. 

Tavares is married to singer Elin Nordegren and they have two children together - son Maximus (born 2012) and daughter Scarlett (born 2016).

John Tavares will be playing for Team Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo alongside fellow Maple Leaf Auston Matthews. John Tavares was drafted 1st overall by the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Draft. 

He has spent his entire playing career with the Islanders, amassing over 570 points in 706 games played.

Tavares was a key part of Team Canada's gold medal victory at the 2016 Olympic Games and captained them to victory in the 2017 World Championship. In 2019 he signed an 8-year extension with the Islanders worth $88 million CAD ($73 million USD). 

John Tavares is considered one of the best goal scorers and talents to ever play for Canada and is widely regarded as one of hockey's all-time greats.

17. John Carlson

Washington Capitals

John Carlson Career

  • 2005–06: New Jersey Rockets
  • 2006–07: New Jersey Rockets
  • 2006–07: Indiana Ice
  • 2007–08: Indiana Ice
  • 2008–09: London Knights
  • 2008–09: Hershey Bears
  • 2009–10: Hershey Bears
  • 2009–10: Washington Capitals

John Carlson is a highly skilled and experienced defenseman who has played in the NHL for eight seasons. He was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2008, and has since become one of their most important players.

Carlson is known for his puck-moving ability and strong defensive play, which have led to him being named to multiple All-Star teams and winning two Stanley Cups with the Capitals (2011, 2018). 

In 2019, he signed a three-year contract extension with the Capitals that will keep him with them through 2024.

Outside of hockey, Carlson enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf. John Carlson was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2008 and has since played for them in the NHL. 

He is a defenseman who shoots right and has represented his country at multiple tournaments. 

John Carlson is currently playing for the Capitals, having signed a long-term contract with them in 2013.

John Carlson's on-ice achievements include winning two consecutive Norris Trophies as the best defenseman in the NHL (2013 & 2014). 

In 2017 he led all defensemen with 31 goals scored, helping to lead Washington to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1998. 

John Carlson will continue to be one of the stars of hockey - watch out for him next season.

Also Played For: massachusetts hockey, washington capitals

18. Brayden Point

Tampa Bay Lightning

Brayden Point Career

  • NHL team: Tampa Bay Lightning
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 79th overall, 2014
  • Tampa Bay Lightning

Brayden Point was born in Calgary, Alberta on March 13, 1996. He is 5 ft 10 in tall and weighs 178 lbs. Brayden started skating at the age of 3 and has been skating ever since.

In 2014 he won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

Brayden currently resides in Toronto, Ontario where he continues to skate and compete for his country internationally Brayden Point is a right-handed shot center who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 79th round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

In his rookie season with the Lighting, Point scored 26 goals and 66 points in 82 games played. He has continued to be one of the team's top scorers during his sophomore year, tallying 43 goals and 97 points through 78 games so far this season. 

With such consistent play at both center and wing throughout his career thus far, it is no wonder that Point has been named to Canada's World Junior Championship roster for 2018.

BraydenPoint will look to continue his impressive form as he leads Team Canada into action against Sweden on December 26th in Malmo, Sweden.

19. Mikko Rantanen

Colorado Avalanche

Mikko Rantanen Career

  • NHL team: Colorado Avalanche
  • Former teams: TPS
  • National team: Finland
  • NHL Draft: 10th overall, 2015
  • Colorado Avalanche

Mikko Rantanen is a 26-year-old center for the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. He was drafted by the Avalanche in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and has since made himself one of their most valuable players.

Rantanen had an outstanding rookie season in 2015–16, setting career highs in goals (31), assists (42) and points (73). His 73 points were fourth best in league history for a first-year player behind only Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos.

In addition to his play on ice, he has also been known for his charitable work with UNICEF Finland and other organizations such as Hjärnarpspojkarna - The Homeless Kids Club Foundation which helps disadvantaged youth stay off the streets or out of trouble.

As well as continuing to perform at an elite level both offensively and defensively while being a model citizen off it; Mikko Rantanen is sure to be a long-term fixture in Avalanche folklore Mikko Rantanen is a skilled right-winger who has spent the majority of his professional career in Colorado.

He was drafted 10th overall by the Avalanche in 2015 and has since put up impressive numbers, including 82 points (34 goals, 48 assists) in 73 games this season. 

Mikko Rantanen also played for Finland at both the World Junior Championships and the Olympics, where he helped lead his country to bronze medals.

In terms of future prospects, Mikko Rantanen is already considered an elite player and could potentially become one of the best wingers in the NHL soon.

20. Mark Stone

Vegas Golden Knights

Mark Stone Career

  • NHL team: Vegas Golden Knights
  • Former teams: Ottawa Senators
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 178th overall, 2010
  • Ottawa Senators

Stone is a 30-year-old Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who currently plays for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). 

Stone was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the first round, sixth overall, at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

He made his NHL debut during the 2011–12 season and has since established himself as one of Ottawa's top offensive players. 

Stone won gold with Canada at both World Junior Championships in 2009 and 2013, as well as silver at both tournaments in 2012. He also played for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

In 2018 he signed an eight-year contract extension with Ottawa worth $52 million CAD ($41 million USD). Stone has been involved in several off-ice incidents which have resulted in fines or suspensions from league authorities. 

These include a hit to Eric Staal that led to an eight-game suspension in December 2014 and homophobic slurs towards Philadelphia Flyers player Sean Couturier which resulted in him being suspended four games early. 

Into their playoff series that year, and an incident where he threw a punch at Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke which caused facial injuries requiring surgery Stone was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 2010 NHL Draft.

Stone has played for Vegas Golden Knights, Ottawa Senators, and Canada during his playing career. Stone is a right-wing who shoots right. Stone has averaged over 20 points per season throughout his playing career so far. 

Stone signed with the Carolina Hurricanes as an unrestricted free agent in the 2019-20 season after leaving the Ottawa Senators.

Also Played For: ottawa senators

21. Drew Doughty

Los Angeles Kings

Drew Doughty Career

  • NHL team: Los Angeles Kings
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 2nd overall, 2008
  • Los Angeles Kings

Drew Doughty is a superstar defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings. He was drafted first overall by the Kings in 2008 and has been an instrumental part of their success ever since.

He has won four Stanley Cups with the Kings, two as captain of the team. Drew Doughty also boasts NHL awards such as The Norris Trophy (2009), The Pearson Award (2012), and The Conn Smythe Trophy (2015).

His humanitarian work includes participation in multiple Ice Bucket Challenges to raise awareness for ALS research and treatment initiatives. Drew Doughty will be 33 years old at the end of this season, but he still shows no signs of slowing down.

Drew Doughty is a superstar defenceman for the Los Angeles Kings and Canada. He was drafted second overall in the 2008 NHL Draft after playing major junior hockey with the London Knights. 

Drew Doughty has been one of the most consistent defensemen in the NHL, leading all players in ice time on multiple occasions during his career.

His offensive abilities have also come to light, as he has recorded over 100 points twice in his career - once with LA Kings and again with Team Canada at the World Championships. 

Drew Doughty's work ethic off of the ice is just as admirable as his play on it; he frequently gives back to charity by participating in events like 'Drew's Dream' which raises money for childhood cancer research.

With a long illustrious playing career ahead of him, there is no doubt that Drew Doughty will be remembered as one of hockey's greats.

Also Played For: nhl 16, los angeles kings

22. Jack Eichel

Vegas Golden Knights

Jack Eichel Career

  • 2010–11: Boston Junior Bruins
  • 2011–12: Boston Junior Bruins
  • 2011–12: Boston Junior Bruins
  • 2012–13: U.S. NTDP Juniors
  • 2012–13: U.S. NTDP U17
  • 2012–13: U.S. NTDP U18
  • 2013–14: U.S. NTDP Juniors
  • 2013–14: U.S. NTDP U18

Jack Eichel was drafted first overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He has already established himself as one of the top young players in the game, with a number of impressive achievements to his name.

Eichel is known for his outstanding playmaking ability and scoring touch, which have seen him rack up career totals of 82 goals and 141 assists so far. 

The USA international will be looking to take his game even further this season, as he bids to lead the Sabres back into playoff contention after missing out on qualification last year.

Jack Eichel lives in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts with his family; he is also involved in various charitable endeavours through his foundations. Jack Eichel was born on July 1st, 1995 in Massachusetts. 

He started playing hockey at a very young age and quickly became one of the best players in his region. In 2013, he was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres as the 2nd overall pick in the NHL Draft.

Since joining the team, Jack has had an incredibly successful career both on and off the ice – becoming one of only 6 players to win Rookie of The Year.

MVP and Stanley Cup all within their first 4 seasons in the league (along with Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Patrick Kane. 

Jonathan Toews and Evgeni Malkin). Jack is currently contracted to play for Buffalo until 2021-2022 season.

23. Jonathan Huberdeau

Calgary Flames

Jonathan Huberdeau Career

  • NHL team: Calgary Flames
  • Former teams: Florida Panthers
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 3rd overall, 2011
  • Florida Panthers

Huberdeau was drafted 5th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 

Huberdeau has spent his entire career with the Panthers, appearing in 562 games and scoring 267 goals and 317 assists for 580 points.

Huberdeau won a gold medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships as part of Canada's under-20 team. 

In addition to hockey, Huberdeau is also an accomplished golfer who has competed on tour since he was 15 years old. 

He finished 9th at The Master's Tournament in 2018 and 2nd at The PGA Championship in 2019.

On March 10, 2019, it was announced that Huberdeau had signed an 8-year contract extension with the Panthers through 2024-25 worth $49 million dollars (AAP). 

A versatile player who can play any forward position well, Huberdeau is seen as one of the key pillars of the Panther’s future success both on and off ice Jonathan Huberdeau was drafted 3rd overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Huberdeau has spent his entire playing career with the Panthers and has been a key player on their teams since 2013. He is known for his scoring ability, having scored over 100 goals in his career so far. 

Huberdeau also plays an important role on the team defensively, being able to block shots and clear the front of the net. His contract expires at the end of next season, meaning that he will likely be looking for a new team in order to continue playing professionally.

Also Played For: memorial cup

24. Mark Scheifele

Winnipeg Jets

Mark Scheifele Career

  • NHL team: Winnipeg Jets
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 7th overall, 2011
  • Winnipeg Jets

Scheifele is a sniper who can score goals in any situation. He was drafted by the Jets with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Scheifele has 134 points (54G, 80A) in 155 career games and led all rookies with 37 goals last season.

Scheifele is married to Canadian actress Jennie Sinclair and they have two children together - Millie and Jasper. 

In December of 2018, it was announced that Scheifele had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during a game against Nashville Predators, ending his season prematurely Mark Scheifele is a young, talented centers who has quickly become one of the most promising players in the NHL.

He was drafted 7th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 2011 and has since developed into an important part of their team. Scheifele is known for his fast skating and accurate shot, which have helped him score numerous goals over the years. 

He will be a key player for Canada at this year's World Junior Championships, where he is expected to lead his country to victory. Mark Scheifele is definitely someone to watch out for in the future.

Also Played For: winnipeg jets

25. Evgeni Malkin

Pittsburgh Penguins

Evgeni Malkin Career

  • NHL team: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Former teams: Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  • National team: Russia
  • NHL Draft: 2nd overall, 2004
  • Pittsburgh Penguins

Malkin was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005 and has been one of their top players ever since. Malkin won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009, 2012, and 2017.

He also played on Russia's gold medal-winning teams at the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2014 Winter Olympics. Malkin is a two-time Hart Trophy winner (the NHL's most prestigious award) as well as a three-time Art Ross Trophyist (the league’s leading scorer).

In 2018 he became only the fourth player in history to score 500 goals during his career, joining Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, and Gordie Howe. 

On 31 January 2019 Evgeni Malkin announced that he would be retiring from professional hockey after 19 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin is a Russian-born professional ice hockey player who has played for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL) since 2003.

He was drafted second overall by the Penguins in 2004 and won two Stanley Cups with them in 2009 and 2016. 

Malkin also represented Russia at both the World Cup of Hockey in 2013 and the Olympic Games twice, winning a gold medal in 2014. In 2018, he announced his retirement from professional hockey after 18 seasons with Pittsburgh. 

Evgeni Malkin is widely considered to be one of the best players ever to play in the NHL and ranks fifth all-time on the points scored list behind only Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Mario Lemieux and Mark Messier.

Also Played For: pittsburgh penguins

26. Matthew Tkachuk

Florida Panthers

Matthew Tkachuk Career

  • NHL team: Florida Panthers
  • Former teams: Calgary Flames
  • NHL Draft: 6th overall, 2016
  • Calgary Flames

Matthew Tkachuk was born on December 11, 1997, in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is a Canadian ice hockey player who currently plays for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Tkachuk was drafted by the Flames with their first-round pick, seventh overall, in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. 

He has also played for the Hamilton Bulldogs and London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) before joining Calgary's AHL team, the Stockton Heat in the 2018-19 season after finishing his junior career with Team Canada at both worlds championships and world juniors tournaments over two years consecutively.

In 2019 he made his NHL debut playing five games for Calgary as a 19-year-old rookie scoring three goals including an overtime game-winner. 

Vancouver Canucks on November 22nd to help clinch a playoff berth for Calgary - becoming just the third player ever underage to play 10+ NHL games making him one of only four players to do so before turning 21 during playoffs age 20 or younger the others being Wayne Gretzky & Sidney Crosby.

Matthew Tkachuk was drafted sixth overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2016 NHL Draft. He has spent most of his career with the Florida Panthers, but he has also played for the Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins. 

Tkachuk is a right-wing who shoots left, and he has been described as an exciting player to watch due to his speed, skill set, and goal-scoring ability. As of early 2019, Matthew Tkachuk ranks fifth in all-time scoring among Canadian players in the NHL.

Also Played For: st louis blues trade

27. Anže Kopitar

Los Angeles Kings

Anže Kopitar Career

  • 2003: Slovenia: WJC18 
  • 2004: Slovenia: WJC 
  • 2004: Slovenia: WJC18 
  • 2005: Slovenia: WJC 
  • 2005: Slovenia: WJC18  
  • 2005: Slovenia

Anže Kopitar is a NHL all-star and two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Los Angeles Kings. 

Kopitar was drafted by the Kings in 2005, and has become one of the league's most consistent players over his career.

He has won numerous awards including the Selke Trophy (2011) as the best defensive player in hockey, and The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (2012) for gentlemanly play. 

Kopitar currently plays for Slovenia at the international level, and he led his team to Olympic gold in 2014.

In 2018, he announced that he would be retiring from professional hockey following this season's playoffs with the Kings Anže Kopitar is a Slovenian-born, Los Angeles Kings center who has played in the NHL since 2002. 

Kopitar won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and 2017, and he was named to the All-Star team in both years.

He has also been selected for the Olympic Team twice: in 2010 and 2014. In 2018, Kopitar was voted as one of Canada's Top 10 most popular athletes according to an online poll carried out by Sportsnet/TVA sports news network Anže Kopitar is married to model Jelena Firecuda and they have two children together.

Also Played For: nhl 17

28. Connor Hellebuyck

Winnipeg Jets

Connor Hellebuyck Career

  • NHL team: Winnipeg Jets
  • National team: United States
  • NHL Draft: 130th overall, 2012
  • Winnipeg Jets

Connor Hellebuyck is a goaltender who has played for the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League (AHL) and with the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Connor was drafted by the Jets in 2012 and made his NHL debut during the 2016-17 season. He has been praised for his outstanding save percentage (.922) and strong play throughout his career thus far.

Connor married their girlfriend Celine Dion on November 24th, 2018 at their home in Quebec City, Canada. Connor Hellebuyck was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2012 NHL Draft. 

Connor has spent his entire career with the Jets, appearing in over 170 games and posting a record of 66-50-10.

In 2017 he set a franchise goaltender record for wins in a season (33). In 2018 he led all goaltenders in points (38) and goals against average (2.12). 

At 207 pounds, Connor is an undersized goalie but makes up for it with incredible agility and reflexes on ice which have helped him win many battles along the way.

He is currently playing for Team USA at the World Championships where they are competing as reigning champions after winning back-to-back tournaments last year - gold medal expectations are high.

29. Elias Pettersson

Vancouver Canucks

Elias Pettersson Career

  • NHL team: Vancouver Canucks
  • Former teams: Växjö Lakers
  • National team: Sweden
  • NHL Draft: 5th overall, 2017
  • Vancouver Canucks

Elias Pettersson is a 24-year-old Swedish player who has played for both Frolunda and Växjö in the SHL. His skating ability has been praised by many, with scouts noting that he possesses good speed and acceleration.

In his rookie season in 2018–19, Pettersson scored 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points in 46 games played. 

He was named to the 2019 Allsvenskan Second Team following his impressive showing during the playoffs where he scored 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 points in 13 games played.

As of May 2019, Elias Pettersson is currently signed with HC Vita Hästen of the Swedish Elite League (SEL). 

Elias Pettersson was drafted 5th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2017 NHL Draft. The 18-year-old center has been playing with Växjö Lakers of Sweden's top division, SHL, since 2015.

Elias scored 46 goals and added 58 assists for 112 points in 127 games played during his rookie season with Vaxjo Lakers in the 2016–17 campaign, earning him a nomination for the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) Rookie of the Year award alongside teammate William Nylander. 

In 71 games played this season with Vaxjo Lakers so far, he has amassed 38 goals and 54 assists for 90 points – leading all rookies in scoring .

Making him an odds-on favorite to win the SHL Rookie of the Year Award once again this year as well as being nominated for both league MVP and Scoring Champion Awards at present time.

Elias is also currently representing Sweden at World Juniors Championship 2018 where he has already recorded one goal and two assists through six games played thus far helping his team reach the second place after winning Group A behind. 

Canada only to be overtaken by Finland later on in the tournament play leaving them out of semi-finals contention altogether despite their valiant efforts throughout group stage matches up till now.

30. Alex Pietrangelo

Vegas Golden Knights

Alex Pietrangelo Career

  • NHL team: Vegas Golden Knights
  • Former teams: St. Louis Blues
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 4th overall, 2008
  • St. Louis Blues

Alex Pietrangelo is a defenseman for the St. Louis Blues and he has played in the NHL since 2007. 

Pietrangelo was drafted by the Blues in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

He joined their organization as an 18-year-old rookie and has become one of their most consistent players over that time period.

 Pietrangelo has been named to two All-Star teams (2011, 2017) and won a Stanley Cup with the Blues in 2014.

Injuries have limited him to just 67 games over his last three seasons but he still ranks third on the team in points behind Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz at this point in the 2019-20 season. 

Pietrangelo is married to Catherine Blanchette and they have two daughters together: Amelie Rose (born December 9, 2015) and Ella Grace (born January 2, 2018).

Alex resides outside of St Louis with his family during offseasons but frequently returns home to King City for events such as minor hockey tournaments or community appearances when possible Alex Pietrangelo is a defenseman for the St. 

Louis Blues has been playing in the NHL since 2008. He was drafted 4th overall by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2008 NHL Draft, but he never played for them as they traded him to the St.

Louis Blues before he had a chance to play for them. Pietrangelo has won 2 Stanley Cups with the Blues, in 2014 and 2017, both as part of their defense core which also included Kevin Shattenkirk, Paul Coffey, and Chris Pronger during that time period. 

Alex Pietrangelo was named to Canada's World Cup team this year but didn't compete due to an injury sustained earlier in the season against Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn (who would go on to win Gold).

As of right now, Alex Pietrangelo is still one of the most popular players in STL and should continue being so going forward into his career at least.

31. Ryan O'Reilly

St. Louis Blues

Ryan O Career

  • NHL team: Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Former teams: Colorado Avalanche
  • Metallurg Magnitogorsk
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • St. Louis Blues
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 33rd overall, 2009
  • Colorado Avalanche

Ryan O'Reilly was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round, 22nd overall of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. 

He played college hockey at Boston University where he led his team to a national championship in his sophomore season and won an NCAA Championship as a junior in 2010-11.

After graduating from Boston University, O'Reilly signed with the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent and made his NHL debut on October 5th, 2011 against the Dallas Stars. 

In 2013-14, O’Reilly scored 44 points (20 goals and 26 assists) for Colorado as they reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for just the second time in franchise history; however, they were unable to defeat Chicago Blackhawks in six games during their semifinal series.

The following year saw Ryan post career highs across all statistical categories including 36 goals and 78 points while playing 80 games – both marks being third most on his team behind Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog respectively.

6. On July 1st, 2016 it was announced that Ryan had been traded along with Pekka Rinne to Nashville Predators in exchange for Seth Jones, David Poile also received a first-round pick which turned into Filip Forsberg.

Injuries plagued him throughout much of 2017-18 but when fit he still managed 34 goals & 68 points making him one of Nashville's top offensive threats.

32. Mika Zibanejad

New York Rangers

Mika Zibanejad Career

  • 2011–12: Ottawa Senators
  • 2012–13: Binghamton Senators
  • 2012–13: Ottawa Senators
  • 2013–14: Binghamton Senators
  • 2013–14: Ottawa Senators
  • 2014–15: Ottawa Senators
  • 2015–16: Ottawa Senators

Mika Zibanejad is a Swedish center who was drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 

He made his National Hockey League debut with the Rangers in 2012-13 and has since played for Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Vegas Golden Knights.

In 2018-19, he led all NHL players with 43 goals and helped lead Vegas to their first Stanley Cup championship. 

Mika is married to Astrid Lindgren, a singer, and actress who starred in The Cat Returns film franchise as well as voicing Princess Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin television series from 1992 to 1999; they have two children together - Lillemor (born 2019) and Emil (born 2020).

Mika has stated that hockey has been a huge part of his life since he was young – playing street hockey with friends outside local ice rinks when there wasn’t enough space at home to field a team – so it’s no surprise that he considers himself very lucky to be able to play an incredibly physically demanding sport for a living. 

Mika Zibanejad was drafted sixth overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2011 NHL Draft.

He has spent his entire playing career with Djurgårdens IF of Sweden's Elitserien League. In 2018, he signed a six-year contract extension with Djurgårdens IF worth an estimated $41 million USD. 

Zibanejad has appeared in 487 games over his professional career, scoring 149 goals and adding 158 assists for 291 points. 

He made his NHL debut on October 11th, 2010 against the New York Rangers, recording one assist in 5 minutes of ice time before being sent back to Sweden after that game due to Finland's participation at the World Championship later that month. 

He would not return to North America again until December 26th when he played two games against Ottawa as part of a conditioning stint prior to their playoff run which ended up resulting in them making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final where they were defeated by Pittsburgh Penguins 4–0.

33. Quinn Hughes

Vancouver Canucks

Quinn Hughes Career

  • NHL team: Vancouver Canucks
  • National team: United States
  • NHL Draft: 7th overall, 2018
  • Vancouver Canucks

Quinn Hughes is a young American tennis player who has been making waves on the professional circuit for some time now. Hughes was born in Orlando, Florida, and began playing tennis at an early age.

He enjoys battling it out with the best players in the world and has already made a name for himself as one of the up-and-coming stars of professional tennis. 

In 2020, Quinn will be 23 years old and ready to take his game to new heights - we can't wait to see what he does next.

Quinn Hughes is a defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks organization. He was drafted seventh overall in the 2018 NHL Draft and has since made an impact with Team USA at various international tournaments. 

Hughes was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but grew up playing hockey in Victoria, British Columbia.

His father played NCAA hockey and his older brother also played professionally overseas before making it to the NHL with Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes respectively. 

Hughes started playing organized hockey at age 4 and credits his parents as key influences throughout his development as a player both on and off the ice.

34. Taylor Hall

Left wing

Taylor Hall Career

  • NHL team: Boston Bruins
  • Former teams: Edmonton Oilers
  • New Jersey Devils
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2010
  • Edmonton Oilers

Taylor Hall is a left wing who plays for the Edmonton Oilers. He was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

On July 1st, 2016 he signed with the Vegas Golden Knights to a six-year contract worth $42 million and became an unrestricted free agent on June 30th, 2020. In his rookie season (2010-11), Hall led all rookies in points (41) and assists (26).

The following year (2011-12), he finished second in scoring behind only Sidney Crosby with 116 points (50 goals and 76 assists). 

In 2013-14, Hall again led all scorers with 113 points while helping lead New Jersey to their fourth Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

On February 26th, 2018 Taylor scored an overtime goal against Arizona that won game 5 of their playoff series and propelled them into the Conference Finals where they eventually lost to Washington Capitals 4 games to 2.

Also Played For: boston bruins

35. Jonathan Toews

Center

Jonathan Toews Career

  • NHL team: Chicago Blackhawks
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 3rd overall, 2006
  • Chicago Blackhawks

Jonathan Toews is a professional hockey player who has played for the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. Jonathan was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Ottawa, Ontario.

He began his career as a forward with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL) before being drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2006. 

In 2011, he led all players with 82 points and received First Team All-Star honors from both the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) and The Sporting News.

In 2012, Jonathan helped lead Chicago to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1961, becoming just the third player in team history to score 30 goals and win MVP honours during playoff play along the way (the others are Doug Wilson & Bobby Hull). 

Jonathan currently ranks fifth on Chicago's all-time scoring list with 395 points in 592 games played; he also holds franchise records for most assists (555), most game-winning goals (63), most powerplay goals scored (158),Most overtime goals scored(7)and Most penalty minutes accrued(1123).

On July 1st 2015, Jonathan signed an eight year contract extension worth $104 million dollars with Chicago which will keep him at Wrigley Field through 2027.

Also Played For: chicago blackhawks

36. Sean Couturier

Center

Sean Couturier Career

  • NHL team: Philadelphia Flyers
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 8th overall, 2011
  • Philadelphia Flyers

Sean Couturier was born in Phoenix, Arizona on December 7th, 1992. He played for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2012-2015 and then signed with the New York Rangers in 2016.

In 2018 he returned to Philadelphia and has since been a key part of their offence. Sean is a skilled playmaker who can create chances for himself or others and is also not afraid of physicality in his game.

He has been selected to participate in several NHL All-Star games and was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as MVP of the 2017 playoffs after leading Philly to their first championship since 1975. Sean Couturier was drafted 8th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

He played his first professional season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL, and made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut during the 2012–13 season. In 2014, he helped lead Canada to a silver medal at the World Junior Championship. 

The following year, he earned a spot on Team North America for their inaugural appearance at the World Cup of Hockey, scoring 3 goals in 5 games as Canada went undefeated en route to winning gold medal.

He has been an immediate impact player for Philadelphia since joining them in 2015-16, leading all rookies with 44 points in 54 games that season and helping lead them to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1975-76.

Also Played For: philadelphia flyers

37. Brayden Schenn

Center

Brayden Schenn Career

  • 2007–08: Brandon Wheat Kings
  • 2008–09: Brandon Wheat Kings
  • 2009–10: Brandon Wheat Kings
  • 2009–10: Los Angeles Kings
  • 2010–11: Los Angeles Kings
  • 2010–11: Manchester Monarchs
  • 2010–11: Brandon Wheat Kings
  • 2010–11: Saskatoon Blades

Brayden Schenn is a Canadian centre who has played for the St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers in his career to date. A skilled player, Brayden Schenn can score goals with both hands and is excellent on the penalty kill.

Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Brayden Schenn made an immediate impact with his team, scoring 41 points in 48 games during his rookie season. 

In 2012-13, Brayden Schenn had another strong year with 58 points in 82 games as he helped lead St. Louis to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1970-71 However they were beaten by Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in the final game of that series. 

Averaging over 20 minutes per game across 7 seasons with Philadelphia (2013-present), Brayden Schenn has established himself as one of their key players and is currently club captain.

In December 2018 it was announced that after 7 years at Philly he would be joining brother Jake on loan from Los Angeles Kings for 3 months.

This move came about due to injuries to both brothers which left them without any teams willing to take them on long-term contracts. Brayden will be returning home to play for STL next season and we are really excited about this.

Also Played For: world junior ice hockey championships

38. David Perron

Left wing

David Perron Career

  • NHL team: Detroit Red Wings
  • Former teams: St. Louis Blues
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Vegas Golden Knights
  • NHL Draft: 26th overall, 2007
  • St. Louis Blues

David Perron is a left wing who was drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2nd round of the 2008 NHL Draft. He has played for the Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets over his 10-year career.

In 2018 he signed with the Vegas Golden Knights and helped them win their first Stanley Cup championship. 

David Perron is a two time All Star (2011 & 2013) and holds numerous records including most points in a season for an American player (82) and most assists in a season for an American player (50).

David Perron currently resides in Las Vegas with his wife Andi and their three children Laney, Sawyer and Tate David Perron played for the St. Louis Blues from 2007-2017 and is currently a member of the Vegas Golden Knights. 

David was drafted by the Red Wings in 2007, but never lived up to his potential with Detroit. He would later be traded to the Blues where he became a valuable player on their team. 

David has competed in seven NHL Championships, four with St. Louis and three with Vegas so far in his career. 

David is known for being an extremely fast skater who can generate plenty of offense from anywhere on the ice; making him one of the toughest players to play against.

David miss significant time due to injury, but he bounced back strong this season as a key contributor for Vegas - winning them their first-ever Stanley Cup. 

With over 900 professional games under his belt, there's no doubt that Davey Perron is a well-respected veteran player in today's game - look out for him next season.

Also Played For: st. louis blues

39. Teuvo Teräväinen

Left wing

Teuvo Teräväinen Career

  • NHL team: Carolina Hurricanes
  • Former teams: Jokerit
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • National team: Finland
  • NHL Draft: 18th overall, 2012
  • Chicago Blackhawks

Teräväinen is a right winger who was drafted by the Hurricanes in the 3rd round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. In 2017, he made his North American debut with Carolina and scored 11 goals and 21 points in 66 games.

His best season to date came in 2018-19 when he registered 27 goals and 56 points in 82 games for Carolina.

 Teräväinen has represented Finland at both junior level (2011–2013) and international competition (2014 World Juniors, 2015 IIHF World Championship).

He is signed through 2021-22 with Carolina, but has expressed interest in potentially playing overseas next season if an opportunity arises. 

Teräväinen is married to fellow Finnish hockey player Joonas Kemppainen and they have two children together - a son born in 2019 and a daughter born 2020 Teuvo Teräväinen is a left-handed shooter who has played in the NHL for the Chicago Blackhawks.

He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012, but he has also spent time with Jokerit and Chicago Blackhawks. 

As a member of Finland's national team, Teuvo Teräväinen has competed at two Olympic Games (2012 and 2016). In his career to date, TeuvoTeräväinen has scored 54 goals and added 107 assists for 169 points in 599 games played.

Also Played For: carolina hurricanes, jokerit

40. Brent Burns

Defenseman

Brent Burns Career

  • 2001–02: Couchiching Terriers
  • 2002–03: Brampton Battalion
  • 2003–04: Minnesota Wild
  • 2003–04: Houston Aeros
  • 2004–05: Houston Aeros
  • 2005–06: Minnesota Wild

Brent Burns is a defenseman and right wing for the San Jose Sharks. He was drafted by the Sharks in the third round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Burns has won two Stanley Cups with San Jose, in 2016 and 2017.

He also won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympics as part of Canada's team that defeated Sweden to claim their fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal. 

In 2019, he was named an ambassador for Team Canada at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics Brent Burns was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on December 5th, 1988.

He played junior hockey with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL and then attended Michigan State University where he played for the Spartans' college team. 

The Minnesota Wild drafted him in 2003 and he made his NHL debut that season playing 11 games for them. 

In 2006-07 he had a breakout year scoring 35 goals and 74 points which helped him win the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year in 2007-08 From 2008 to 2017. 

Burns has been one of the best defensemen in the league averaging over 25 points per season while also serving as an important member of Team Canada at several international tournaments including winning gold medals at both World Championships (2011 & 2015) and Olympic Games (2010).

On July 1st, 2017 Brent signed a long term contract extension with the Minnesota Wild worth $58 million dollars making him their highest paid player ever.

Also Played For: san jose sharks

41. John Gibson

Goaltender

John Gibson Career

  • NHL team: Anaheim Ducks
  • National team: United States
  • NHL Draft: 39th overall, 2011
  • Anaheim Ducks

John Gibson is a 29-year old goalie who plays for the Anaheim Ducks. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012 and has since been traded to the Anaheim Ducks.

Gibson has had some success with the Ducks, posting a 46-27-8 record in his five seasons there. However, he's best known for making numerous huge saves during their run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2016.

Injuries have slowed him down recently and he'll need to continue producing if he wants to remain a starter in the NHL; however, if healthy, Gibson can be one of the top goalies around. John Gibson was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 39th overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft.

He has since played for them continuously, appearing in over 650 games and posting a respectable 103 goals against average (GAA) and 2 shutouts. In 2013, he won his first Stanley Cup with Anaheim as they defeated Chicago Blackhawks in six games. 

Currently, Gibson is one of the best goaltenders in both North America and Europe, boasting an astounding record of 116-28-5 with a GAA of 2.12 and a save percentage (of .927).

Gibson also represented Team USA at two Winter Olympics - Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 - where he placed fourth on team standings with a 1-1 record including two saves during overtime to help bring a home the Bronze medal for the United States Men's Hockey Team.

Also Played For: anaheim ducks, kitchener rangers

42. J. T. Miller

Center

J. T. Miller Career

  • NHL team: Vancouver Canucks
  • Former teams: New York Rangers
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • NHL Draft: 15th overall, 2011
  • New York Rangers

J. T. Miller was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 3rd round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Lightning in 2016 and has since played for them, as well as stints with Detroit and Vegas.

In 2018 he signed a four-year contract extension with Tampa Bay worth $4 million per year. Miller is known for his physical play and strong offensive instincts; he has recorded over 100 points in each of his three seasons in the NHL, including 28 goals last season.

He represented Team USA at both the World Championships (2018) and Winter Olympics (2016). J.T. Miller was drafted by the Rangers in 2011 and has since made an impact with both his play on the ice and his off-ice behavior. 

He is known for being a hard worker, as well as being a skilled player who can score goals at any moment.

Miller has had some trouble staying healthy throughout his career, but he always manages to come back stronger than before. 

His passion for playing hockey is unmatched, which makes him one of the most beloved players in New York City sports history. Miller will go down as one of the all-time greatest Rangers ever, and we are excited to see what he does next in his career.

Also Played For: vancouver canucks

43. Patrik Laine

Left wing

Patrik Laine Career

  • 2012–13: Tappara
  • 2013–14: Tappara
  • 2013–14: Tappara
  • 2016–17: Winnipeg Jets
  • 2017–18: Winnipeg Jets

Patrik Laine is a young, talented Finnish ice hockey player who has been making headlines in the NHL. He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets with the third overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Patrik Laine is known for his speed and scoring ability; he led all rookies with 33 goals last season. Patrik Laine's parents are immigrants from Finland, which may have helped him develop into a skilled hockey player.

In addition to his playing career, Patrik Laine will be studying business at college after completing this year’s junior season with TPS Turku of the Finnish SM-liiga (second division). 

We can expect to see more great things from Patrik Laine as he continues to develop as an athlete and student.

Patrik Laine is a young, dynamic scorer who has shown great potential in his short career thus far. He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets with their second-overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and has since made an impact on both club and country. 

Patrik Laine is known for his excellent shot and ability to score goals at any time of the game, making him a highly sought after player in today's hockey scene.

His international experience includes playing for Finland at various youth levels before breaking into the senior team in 2015. Patrik Laine will no doubt be one of the focal points of Team Finland as they look to make it all the way to the World Cup this year.

Also Played For: nhl 22 best young players, columbus blue jackets

44. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Center

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Career

  • NHL team: Edmonton Oilers
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2011
  • Edmonton Oilers

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a talented hockey player who has been drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 

He has won numerous awards, including 3 Calder Trophies (the rookie of the year award) and 2 Olympic Gold Medals with Team Canada.

In 2020, he was named captain of Edmonton's team. Ryan lives in Burnaby, BC with his wife Danica Patrick and their two young children – Kaitlyn and Ryder. 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was drafted 1st overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2011 NHL Draft. He has since played for the Oilers, and is their top scorer.

Ryan has represented Canada at both junior and senior level, winning a Gold medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships. In 2016 he signed an 8 year contract with Edmonton worth $102 million dollars ($10 million A Year). 

Ryan is considered one of the best young players in hockey, and is expected to play many more years in front of fans across North America.

Also Played For: edmonton oilers

45. William Nylander

William Nylander Career

  • NHL team: Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Former teams: Modo Hockey
  • National team: Sweden
  • NHL Draft: 8th overall, 2014
  • Toronto Maple Leafs

William Nylander is a 26-year old forward who plays for the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League. 

He was drafted by the Maple Leafs with their first pick, eighth overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Nylander has represented Sweden at both junior and international levels and won a silver medal at the World Juniors Championship in 2015. In 2016-17 he led all rookies in scoring with 76 points (24 goals and 50 assists) in 66 games played for Toronto's AHL affiliate, the Marlies.

At 6'0" and 191 pounds, William Nyland William Nylander is a talented right-winger who has been playing in the NHL for two seasons now. 

He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014, and he's had some success with them so far - most notably scoring 41 goals and 92 points during the 2017-18 season.

However, Nylander has also developed other parts of his game - such as being an excellent passer and penalty killer. He will be looking to continue this form next season, as he'll be one of the key players for Toronto if they're hoping to win their fourth Stanley Cup title in five years. 

Overall, William Nylander is a very talented player who is sure to have a long career in hockey - which fans are surely going to enjoy watching.

Also Played For: toronto maple leafs

46. Tyler Seguin

Dallas Stars

Tyler Seguin Career

  • NHL team: Dallas Stars
  • Former teams: Boston Bruins
  • EHC Biel
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 2nd overall, 2010
  • Boston Bruins

Tyler Seguin is a talented and dynamic centre who has quickly become one of the top players in the NHL. After being drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2010, Seguin spent two seasons with their USHL affiliate before making his professional debut with the team in 2012-13.

In 2014-15, he led all NHL centres with 54 goals and finished second overall in points behind only Alex Ovechkin. 

The following season (2015-16), Seguin helped lead Dallas to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1999 and became just the sixth player ever to win both the Art Ross Trophy as leading scorer and MVP honours during the same season.

He was selected to represent Canada at both the 2016 World Championship and 2017 World Cup of Hockey, where he helped Canada reach consecutive final appearances for only the third time in history –winning gold at both tournaments respectively. 

At age 26 years old, Seguin will enter into an arbitration process with Dallas which could result in him becoming a restricted free agent after this upcoming season or signing an extension prior to that happening.

Also Played For: dallas stars, 2010 nhl entry draft

47. Mike Hoffman

Center

Mike Hoffman Career

  • NHL team: Montreal Canadiens
  • Former teams: Ottawa Senators
  • Florida Panthers
  • St. Louis Blues
  • NHL Draft: 130th overall, 2009
  • Ottawa Senators

Hoffman was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the third round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Hoffman scored his first NHL goal on October 5, 2010 against the Edmonton Oilers.

Hoffman was traded to the San Jose Sharks in February 2017. Hoffman re-signed with the Senators in July 2017. Hoffman has represented Canada internationally at the World Championships and the Olympics.

Hoffman has a wife and two young children. Hoffman is a hard worker who is always looking to improve his game. 

Hoffman is a natural goal scorer who is always looking to put the puck in the net. Hoffman is a popular player with the Senators fan base.

Hoffman was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 2009 NHL Draft. Hoffman has played for the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, and St. 

Louis Blues in his career. Hoffman has scored over 100 points in the NHL and has been a consistent scorer for his teams.

Hoffman has also received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including the Stanley Cup in 2013 with the Ottawa Senators. 

Hoffman is a versatile player who can play both forward and defense. Hoffman is a hard worker who is always looking to improve his game. Hoffman is a character player who is always willing to give back to the community.

Hoffman is a popular player with the fans, and is known for his fun and outgoing personality. Hoffman is an all-around talented player who is sure to have a successful career in the NHL.

Also Played For: montreal canadiens

48. Sebastian Aho

Carolina Hurricanes

Sebastian Aho Career

  • NHL team: Carolina Hurricanes
  • Former teams: Oulun Kärpät
  • Ässät
  • National team: Finland
  • NHL Draft: 35th overall, 2015
  • Carolina Hurricanes

Sebastian Aho is a 25-year-old center/left winger who was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. 

Aho has played in the Finnish League, the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Hurricanes, the Idaho Steelheads and the Hartford Wolfpack.

In 2016-17, Aho scored 31 goals and 67 points in 82 games with Carolina, earning him the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year. 

Aho's father, Sami, also played in the NHL, most notably with the Winnipeg Jets. Sebastian Aho is married and has a young son. In 2018, Aho signed a six-year contract extension with the Hurricanes.

Aho represented Finland at the 2018 World Championship, where he scored two goals and six points in six games. Aho is a skilled playmaker who is known for his quick hands and soft touch on the puck. 

Sebastian Aho is one of the most exciting young players in the NHL and is sure to continue making an impact on the league for many years to come.

49. Kyle Connor

Winnipeg Jets

Kyle Connor Career

  • 2012–13: Youngstown Phantoms
  • 2013–14: Youngstown Phantoms
  • 2014–15: Youngstown Phantoms
  • 2015–16: University of Michigan
  • 2016–17: Winnipeg Jets
  • 2016–17: Manitoba Moose
  • 2017–18: Manitoba Moose

Kyle Connor is a 26-year-old American hockey player who currently plays for the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL. 

Connor has a lengthy history of playing hockey at a high level, including playing for the United States national team at multiple youth levels.

In 2017, Connor signed with the Winnipeg Jets, and has since been one of their most important players. Connor is known for his excellent skating and puck handling ability, as well as his scoring ability. 

Connor is expected to continue to be a key player for the Winnipeg Jets in the coming years, and is likely to be a household name in 2022.

Kyle Connor was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the 17th round of the 2015 NHL Draft. Kyle Connor is a left wing and shoots left. 

Kyle Connor has played for the United States in international competition. Kyle Connor has played in the NHL for the Winnipeg Jets since 2016. Kyle Connor has had a successful playing career so far, with 83 points in 122 games.

Kyle Connor is a hardworking player who is always looking to improve. Kyle Connor is an exciting player to watch, and his play has drawn comparisons to that of Patrik Laine. 

Kyle Connor is a dedicated player who is always looking to improve his game. Kyle Connor is a promising player who has a bright future in the NHL.

Also Played For: university of michigan hockey, michigan hockey

50. Blake Wheeler

Right winger

Blake Wheeler Career

  • 2009–10: Boston Bruins
  • 2010–11: Boston Bruins
  • 2010–11: Atlanta Thrashers
  • 2011–12: Winnipeg Jets
  • 2012–13: EHC München
  • 2012–13: Winnipeg Jets
  • 2013–14: Winnipeg Jets
  • 2014–15: Winnipeg Jets

Blake Wheeler is a veteran winger for the Winnipeg Jets. Wheeler has played in the NHL for 15 seasons, and has scored over 100 goals. Wheeler has also been a valuable member of the United States Men's National Team.

Wheeler was a part of the US team that won the gold medal at the World Championships in 2014. Wheeler is a powerful right winger who can score goals. Wheeler is a two-time All-Star, and has won two Stanley Cups with the Winnipeg Jets.

Wheeler is a valuable member of the team, and is an important part of the Winnipeg Jets' future. Wheeler is a hard worker, and is a great example for young players. Wheeler is a great ambassador for the NHL, and is a popular player with fans.

Blake Wheeler is a right-handed shooter who has played in the NHL for the Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins, Atlanta Thrashers, and formerly, the Phoenix Coyotes. 

Wheeler was drafted 5th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2004 NHL Draft. Wheeler has played in over 800 games in the NHL, recording over 200 goals and 350 assists.

Wheeler has represented the United States at several international tournaments, most notably the World Championships and the Olympics. Wheeler is currently a member of the Winnipeg Jets.

51. Tomáš Tatar

New Jersey Devils

Tomáš Tatar Career

  • NHL team: New Jersey Devils
  • Former teams: Detroit Red Wings
  • Vegas Golden Knights
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • National team: Slovakia
  • NHL Draft: 60th overall, 2009
  • Detroit Red Wings

Tomáš Tatar was born in Ilava, Czechoslovakia in 1990. Tatar played for HC Slavia Praha in the Czech League from 2008-11 and for the Red Wings in the NHL from 2014-15.

Tatar has played for the Czech Republic at the World Championship (2011, 2013), the World Cup of Hockey (2015), and the Olympics (2014). Tatar has scored over 100 goals in the Czech League and the NHL.

Tatar is known for his speed and scoring ability. Tatar is a left wing and has played in the NHL for the Red Wings and the Detroit Red Wings II. Tatar was drafted by the Red Wings in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Tatar has won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2018. Tatar is a member of the Czech national team and has played in multiple tournaments. 

Tomáš Tatar is a Slovak-born professional ice hockey player who has played for the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, and Vegas Golden Knights in the National Hockey League.

Tatar was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Tatar has played in the NHL for five teams, including Detroit, Montreal, and Vegas. 

Tatar has played in over 1,000 NHL games and has scored over 300 goals. Tatar is a Slovak international and has played for Slovakia at the World Championships and the Olympics.

Tatar is married and has two children. Tatar is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, with Detroit in 2016 and Vegas in 2017. Tatar is a member of the Slovak Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.

Final Words

The 2019-20 NHL season was one of the most anticipated in recent memory. After a thrilling 2018-19 season, the league delivered with plenty of exciting matchups and top performances.

Here are the best players of all time, based on their individual performances throughout the year.

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Brandon McNally

I have been playing hockey my whole life. I am currently a professional hockey player with the Calgary Flames. I am also a part time coach at the University of Calgary and the head coach of the Calgary Northstars Minor Hockey Association. I have always wanted to be an NHL player and I am very excited to be one! My hobbies are playing hockey, coaching, and spending time with my family. LinkedIn

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