We are counting down the Top 10 active NHL Players as ranked by our HockeyShot experts. The 2017-2018 NHL Season was the 101st season of operation (100th of play) and saw no shortage of excitement filled games and interesting trades. After welcoming the Las Vegas Knights as the newest expansion team, the Knights went on to face the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Capitals ultimately clinched their first cup, and the centennial year of hockey was concluded. Which stars shone the brightest in the 2017-2018 NHL Season? In our last article we highlighted players 10-6. Read our list below for our Top 5 Active NHL Players.
Another Russian born player who is making waves in the NHL is Evgeni Malkin, who was the 2nd pick in 2004 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and comes in at number 5 on our Top 10 list. Malkin is arguably one of the top playmakers in the world and has won the Stanley Cup 3 times with the Penguins. He has won the Conn Smythe trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy and has twice taken home the Art Ross Trophy.
At number 4 we have Patrick Kane, who has also won 3 Stanley Cups, with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Kane has also represented the United States in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, and is an intimidating presence on the ice. In 2016, he became the first American born player to win the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy.
After winning his first Stanley Cup in the 2017-2018 NHL Season, Alexander Ovechkin is a household name. Often referred to as "the Great Eight" or "Ovi", Ovechkin was selected by the Capitals first overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, and can most recently be seen drinking champagne out of the Stanley Cup during the Capitals winning celebration in a Las Vegas nightclub. He has lead the NHL in goal scoring seven times, and was awarded the Conn Smythe for most valuable player in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
It is rare for a newcomer to gain such celebrity power in only a few short seasons, but Connor McDavid has done it, which is why he gets spot number 2 on our Top 10 List. McDavid was drafted first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and has lived up to his glowing reputation. He has already led the league in points twice and won the league MVP award. We can’t wait to see what more this 21 year old will accomplish in the upcoming NHL Season.
The number one spot on the HockeyShot Top 10 Active NHL Players countdown is Sidney Crosby, one of the highest regarded hockey players of all time. It’s no surprise that ‘Sid the Kid’ gets spot Number 1, after being drafted first overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005, Crosby is an international superstar and incredible hockey player. He has won the Stanley Cup three times, the Conn Smythe two times, the Art Ross two times and the Hart Memorial two times. An incredible resume and he is not done yet.
We hope you enjoyed the HockeyShot Top 10 Active NHL Player countdown, brought to you by the experts at HockeyShot. Who are your Top 10 favorite players? Let us know in the comments below!