Best NHL Players of the 2016-2017 Season

The best players of the 16/17 season from the opinions of NHL fans.

The Top Ten

1 Auston Matthews Auston Matthews Auston Matthews is an American professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

Reached 40 goals in his rookie season, the 5th most in rookie history. - TwJaGd

2 Connor McDavid Connor McDavid Connor McDavid is a Canadian ice hockey centre and captain for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League.

Only player to reach 100 points. Points and Assists leader. 2nd season in the NHL. - TwJaGd

Worst player with no cups

3 Sidney Crosby Sidney Crosby Sidney Patrick Crosby ONS (born August 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.

Goal scoring leader with 44. - TwJaGd

4 Nikita Kucherov

Lead Tampa Bay in Stamkos' absence with 40 goals; Tied with Austin Matthews for 2nd in goals, 5th in points. - TwJaGd

5 Nicklas Backstrom

Lead the President's Trophy winning Washington Capitals in points with 86; 4th in points in the NHL, 2nd in assists with 63. - TwJaGd

6 Erik Karlsson

Led the struggling Senators to the playoff. 3rd for points among defensemen and tied for 2nd among defensemen for goals scored. Top candidate for James Norris Memorial award this season for best defensemen. - TwJaGd

Played in pain in the playoffs

7 Sergei Bobrovsky Sergei Bobrovsky

1st in GAA and Save Percentage this season. Vezina candidate. - TwJaGd

8 Vladimir Tarasenko Vladimir Tarasenko Vladimir Andreyevich Tarasenko is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger currently serving as an alternate captain for the St.

Tied for 4th in goals; 10th in points. - TwJaGd

9 Braden Holtby

1st among Goalies in Wins and Shutouts. Played for President's Trophy winning Washington Capitals. Vezina candidate. - TwJaGd

10 Alexander Ovechkin Alexander Ovechkin Alexander Mikhailovich "Alex" Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League.

Contributed to Washington Capitals' Presidents Trophy win. - TwJaGd

The Contenders

11 Patrick Kane Patrick Kane

3rd in points, 5th in assists. - TwJaGd

12 Carey Price Carey Price Carey Price is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League.

Best goalie ever

13 Jimmy Howard

2 time all star JIMMY HOWARD - rowden

3rd in Wins, 2nd in Save Percentage among Goalies. - TwJaGd

14 Brad Marchand

Tied 4th in goals with 39 & points with 85, career highs. - TwJaGd

15 Patrik Laine

7th in goals with 36; his rookie season. - TwJaGd

16 Max Pacioretty
17 Cam Atkinson
18 Brent Burns

Most goals by a defensemen with 27. - TwJaGd

19 Jack Eichel
20 Mats Zuccarello Aasen
21 Joe Thornton
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