When the experts of ESPN NHL sat down and discussed who they thought were the players to stand out in the 2019-2020 NHL season, they took past performance in consideration, but mostly judged according to potential greatness within these players. With 26 teams having at least one player on the list and Tampa Bay Lighting showing off with five names, this surely is going to be a high season to watch.
- Connor McDavid – The 22-year-old playing for the Oilers delivered on 324 points which the highest in the NHL throughout the past three seasons. McDavid has the skill to create a full speed offence and is without a doubt one of the fastest on the ice in the entire NHL. With time this young man is only getting better and better.
- Nikita Kucherov – Kucherov, 26 years old is the reigning MVP and recently set a new record in his salary cap with 128 points. He is considered to be the best right-winger in the NHL, and one of his greatest attributes is that he is always playing with motivation, continually improving his performance.
- Nathan MacKinnon – Over the past two seasons, the 24-year-old playing for Avalanche has gotten onto the next level. MacKinnon moved from an average of 0.69 points per game to roughly doubling it to 1.26 points. The last two seasons have brought him 18 game-winning goals, and this young man surely has plenty more where that came from.
- Sidney Crosby – The oldest player in the top five is with no doubt the Penguins’ Crosby at the age of 32. Over time Crosby has managed to gather great awe in the league for is brilliant performance again and again, to such a degree that many do consider him to be the best player in the entire league. During the previous season, Crosby managed his sixth 100-point campaign. This is a record for the period in which he has been playing since he debuted in the 2005-06 season.
- Andrei Vasilevskiy – Vasilevskiy was the winner of Vezina during the previous. The 25-year-old player is also at Tampa Bay Lightning and is being considered as the best goalie in the league, and with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .925 save average, we can understand why.
- Alex Ovechkin – Playing for the Capitals, there was some gossip a year or two ago about the game getting to fast for the 34-year-old to keep up. Yet he won his first Stanley Cup and came back with a 51-goal season the next year. Ovechkin is not yet ready to leave the league and still being contracted for another two years. It might be safe to say that there is still quite a bit of impressive play left in him.
- Victor Hedman – Also playing for Lightning, the 28-year-old is the winner of one Norris and went to Vegas three consecutive years as a finalist. The best way to describe Hedman is as an offensive force and add to that; he is probably the best shutdown defenseman in the NHL.