With the NHL season kicking off in less than a month, we have an opportunity to pick the best of the best.
We asked a panel of hockey insiders, coaches, and fans to pick our 10 favorite players.
The goal was to create a top 10 list that could be shared with the rest of the world.
Here is what we came up with.
Alex Ovechkin The forward’s speed and skill set is just as impressive as his numbers.
He is arguably the best player on the ice at creating offense, and is arguably better at it than most.
Oveche’s speed is unmatched.
His speed and quickness are the main reason he is the greatest player on this list.
The Russian forward has one of the most elite slap shots in the league, and he uses it to create the most scoring chances.
He also has the most offensive zone starts (the percentage of his team’s goals that come in the offensive zone) of any player on our list.
Patrik Elias The defenseman has a chance to be the best offensive defenseman in the NHL in his first season with the Red Wings.
He was one of those breakout stars in his second season in Detroit.
He has improved his defensive game, and has developed a great knack for taking the puck to the net.
He scored 20 goals in the playoffs this year.
Henrik Zetterberg One of the top goal scorers in the game, Zetter is the best center in the entire league.
He does not shy away from contact, and his speed and agility make him an outstanding goal scorer.
He made the team in 2017-18 after scoring 33 goals and helping the Capitals win the Stanley Cup in 2017.
Henrico Copley The goaltender has played a major role in the Capitals’ success this season.
He started the season as the backup, but is currently playing with Henrik Lundqvist.
He did a phenomenal job of controlling the game early on in the season, and the Capitals have become a playoff team thanks to his incredible play.
Ryan Getzlaf The winger is the most exciting player on Team USA.
He continues to show off his ability to skate and shoot the puck, which is one of his best assets.
He won the scoring title for most points scored in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.
Zach Parise The goalie is one the best goalies in the National Hockey League.
He played with Ilya Bryzgalov for the first time in 2017 and has played with Parise for four seasons now.
He led the NHL with a 2.92 goals against average, which was his best season in any sport.
Evgeni Malkin Malkin is one heck of a player.
He will likely be a franchise cornerstone for many years to come.
The Penguins star continues to dominate the game with his offensive skill and skill level.
Jonathan Drouin The winger has been an integral part of the Capitals offense.
He leads the team with nine goals, and helped the team reach the Eastern Conference Final in 2018.
Ryan McDonagh The defenseman is another solid player for the Capitals, and McDonough has been a key player in the team’s success.
He’s a dynamic player with great skating ability and can score in tight spaces.
Ryan Kesler The forward has been one of Washington’s best players since being drafted in 2014.
He currently leads the NHL.
Jakub Voracek The defenseman, who has been traded to Pittsburgh this offseason, is one reason the Capitals are in the postseason for the fourth time in five years.
He can create offense on the power play, and plays with the best defensemen in the League.
Evander Kane The captain of the Colorado Avalanche has been instrumental in the Avalanche’s resurgence this season, winning the Calder Trophy for the best rookie in NHL history.
He should be a Hall of Famer.
Justin Williams Williams has been the face of the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise for the last few seasons.
He helped the Leafs to two Stanley Cups and three Eastern Conference finals appearances in that span.
Sidney Crosby The captain is the heart and soul of the Penguins.
He plays with a laser focus, and always seems to find a way to score.
Tyler Seguin The center of the Dallas Stars is one to watch.
He and his teammates are one of their own.
Mike Fisher The goaltender is another of the NHL’s top goaltenders.
He didn’t just become a starter for the Predators this season; he is playing with Antti Raanta in Pittsburgh.
Nikita Kucherov The Russian superstar is one hell of a talent.
He put up the best goals against record in the history of the Russian League.
Ryan Callahan The goalie has been part of a top-four team in the Western Conference for years.
In fact, he has been in the top-three in the standings