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But which Canadian team is the best of the best? That’s a question that can only be answered by looking at the data.
In this report, we’ll take a look at which team is statistically the best in the 2021 season. We’ll examine factors such as goals per game shots per game, and even faceoff percentage. By looking at all of these factors, we can get a well-rounded view of which team is truly the best in Canada.
The Best of the Best
In a sport as fast-paced and physical as hockey, it takes a special kind of athlete to be named amongst the best.
This year’s tournament will feature 10 teams from across the globe, each representing their country with pride.
The teams are:
The Best Forwards
In order to make our list, each player had to have played at least 45 games in the 2020-21 season. We also looked at a variety of factors, including goals, assists, ice time, and contractual status. Here are the top 12 forwards in the NHL this season.
The Best Defensemen
In today’s NHL, offense gets all of the glory. But we all know that defense wins championships. Here are the best defensemen in the NHL today
Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks
Karlsson is one of the most electrifying players in the NHL. He’s a two-time Norris Trophy winner and has led the Sharks to the playoffs in each of his three seasons with the team.
PK Subban, Nashville Predators
Subban is a physical force on the blue line and an excellent leader. He was a key member of the Predators’ Stanley Cup winning team in 2017 and is one of the league’s premier Power play quarterbacks.
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Doughty is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a two-time Stanley Cup champion. He’s an excellent skater and a terrific two-way player Doughty is also a Norris Trophy winner and has been named to seven All-Star teams.
The Best Goalies
There are many great goalies in the NHL, but who are the best of the best? Here is a list of the top 5 goalies in the NHL for the 2021 season:
1. Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
2. Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins)
3. Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay Lightning)
4. Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets)
5. Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas Golden Knights)
The Best Players by Position
--Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Crosby is widely considered to be one of the best players in the world, and he has the stats to back it up. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion and has won a host of other awards, including the Hart Trophy (MVP) and the Art Ross Trophy ( leading scorer).
-Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Ovechkin is one of the most prolific scorers in NHL history and he shows no signs of slowing down. He has led the league in goals eight times and is a three-time MVP.
--Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks Kane is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the Game Today He is a three-time Stanley Cup champion and has won numerous individual awards, including the Hart Trophy and Calder Trophy (rookie of the year).
-Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks Keith is a two-time Norris Trophy winner (best defenseman) and a three-time Stanley Cup champion. He is widely considered to be one of the best all-around defensemen in the game today.
The Best of the Rest
As the 2021 NHL season comes to a close, let’s take a look at some of the best hockey players in the world who didn’t make it to the Stanley Cup playoffs From up-and-coming young stars to ageless veterans, these are the players that make us excited for next season.
Mathew Barzal, C, New York Islanders
Barzal is one of the NHL’s most dynamic young players and he’s coming off a season in which he tallied 60 points (19 goals, 41 assists) in 55 games. The 23-year-old has already established himself as one of the league’s premier playmakers, and he should only continue to get better as he enters his prime.
Jack Eichel, C, Buffalo Sabres
Eichel is another young star who is poised for big things in the coming years. The 23-year-old center finished second in the NHL in scoring this season with 83 points (36 goals, 47 assists) in 68 games. He’s an elite offensive player who can do it all, and he should be a leading candidate for the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) next season.
John Tavares, C, Toronto Maple Leafs
Tavares is one of the league’s most consistent point producers, and he had another strong season in 2020-21 with 70 points (27 goals, 43 assists) in 56 games. The 30-year-old center is still near the top of his game and should be a key player for the Maple Leafs next season as they look to win their first Stanley Cup since 1967.
Brent Burns, D, San Jose Sharks
Burns is one of the best defensemen in the NHL, and he had another strong season in 2020-21 with 56 points (14 goals, 42 assists) in 70 games. The 34-year-old has been a perennial All-Star and Norris Trophy (best defenseman) candidate throughout his career, and he shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Vegas Golden Knights
Fleury had another solid season in net for the Golden Knights this year, posting a 26-10-0 record with a 2.29 GAA and .906 save percentage The 34-year-old starter was once again one of the league’s top goaltenders this season and will be crucial for Vegas’ Stanley Cup hopes next year.
The Best Prospects
As the 2021 NHL Entry Draft approaches, fans and analysts alike are starting to speculate who will go where. Many mock drafts have been done, but it’s impossible to know for sure who will be selected until the draft happens. However, there are some players who stand out above the rest as the best prospects for the upcoming draft.
One such player is Owen Power of the University of Michigan Power is a defenseman who is known for his size and strength. At 6’5” and over 200 pounds, he has the frame to be a very successful NHL player Power is also a very good skater and has superb hockey IQ. He is expected to be a top-five pick in the 2021 draft.
Another top prospect is Simon Edvinsson of Djurgardens IF in Sweden. Edvinsson is another big defenseman, standing at 6’4” and over 200 pounds. He is known for his great two-way play and his ability to make good decisions with the puck. Edvinsson is expected to be a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft
The Best of the NHL
With the NHL season in Full Swing it’s time to take a look at who the top players are in the league. From established stars to up-and-coming talents, these are the players you’ll want to keep an eye on this year.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins Crosby is one of the most talented and decorated players in the NHL, and he’s still going strong. With over 1000 points in his career, he’s a force to be reckoned with on the ice.
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Ovechkin is one of the most electrifying players in the NHL, and he’s coming off a great season in which he won the Hart Trophy (given to the league MVP). He’s a goal-scoring machine and always a thrill to watch.
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers McDavid is one of the young stars of the NHL, and he’s already making waves with his incredible skating and playmaking abilities. Keep an eye on him as he looks to lead the Oilers back to prominence in the league.
The Best of the World
The annual Gli Hockey Tournament is widely considered to be the best Hockey Tournament in the world. This year’s edition will feature some of the best hockey players from around the globe, all vying for the coveted title. Here are some of the teams and players to watch out for:
With a young and talented roster, Team USA will be looking to make a splash at this year’s tournament. Led by forwards Auston Matthews and Jack Eichel they have the potential to go far in the competition.
Russia is always a team to watch out for in international competitions. With a mix of experienced veterans and up-and-coming stars, they will be looking to make noise at this year’s event.