The players that make up the NHL’s top players are in line to get a little more love on the ice.
And in the near future, the fans are getting to decide which ones are really going to be a fan favorite.
This week, The Hockey Writers, with help from HockeyBuzz, rounded up the top five NHL players in the fan’s mind.
In this first installment, we look at the top players who could make the leap to the next level.
We asked readers to pick their favorite players to be the next NHL superstars.
We also asked which players were the most fun to watch on the road.
Here are the top 5, along with our pick for your favorite:1.
David Backes, defenseman: His combination of size and skill should be on par with the likes of Sidney Crosby and Ryan Getzlaf, but the way he plays the game is something that everyone can get behind.
A physical presence that can also take advantage of opposing forwards and can score goals, it should be no surprise to see the Ducks drafting him as one of the first players off the board.2.
Erik Karlsson, forward: The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Swede is a big-play threat who can create offense with his quick release and accurate passing ability.
He should be a nice addition to a lineup that could be deep at forward.3.
Evander Kane, forward/defenseman: Kane has a knack for being physical and is always in the right place at the right time, so it’s no surprise that he was drafted second overall by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Kane has the ability to create offense on his own and has great hands and skating ability.4.
Henrik Sedin, forward (if drafted): A guy who can skate and create offense for his linemates, Sedin could be a sneaky steal in this year’s draft, if he falls to the seventh round.
His size and skating is reminiscent of Sidney Murray and it would be nice to see him be a strong-side presence on the power play.5.
Nikita Nesterov, forward : The 6’5, 230-pound winger has elite offensive skills and can create offence for his teammates.
He could also contribute offensively, if drafted at No. 6.6.
Connor McDavid, center: McDavid’s offensive skills are off the charts and he’s a dangerous playmaker, so there is no reason why he can’t be a top-six forward for the Oilers.7.
Connor Murphy, defenseman/forward: Murphy is the perfect fit for the Anaheim Ducks.
He has excellent size, can create offensive chances and has good size and mobility, all of which would be a plus for an NHL team.8.
Ryan Getz, forward(if drafted)”The puck goes in and the puck goes out.
Getz is a real hockey player.
He plays in the offensive zone, makes plays, gets to the net and has a tremendous sense of urgency,” said one NHL scout.
He would fit perfectly in the Edmonton Oilers’ system.9.
Tyler Bozak, forward, winger: Bozaks game is all about puck possession, which he does well with his offensive instincts and good hockey sense.
His ability to make plays and be a physical presence with his teammates will help him fit right in with the Ducks’ system, which is full of players with great offensive skills.10.
Justin Schultz, forward:”The puck has been moving through my body since the second period of the season opener against the Winnipeg Jets.
I’ve always had that instinct to find a way to score, and it’s something that I’ve done a lot of with my linemates,” said Schultz, who has been an important part of the Blackhawks’ success in recent years.
It would be great to see Schultz take a big step forward in his game and add some offense to the mix.11.
David Perron, center, forward11.
Tyler Seguin, center12.
Nicklas Backstrom, center13.
Alexander Semin, center14.
Jonathan Drouin, defenseman15.
Michael Rasmussen, center16.
Jakub Voracek, defenseman17.
Nick Holden, defenseman18.
Zach Parise, forward19.
David Schlemko, forward20.
David Clarkson, forward21.
Brad Stuart, forward22.
Mike Green, forward23.
Andrew Cogliano, center24.
Matt Nieto, defenseman25.
Jonathan Marchessault, forward26.
Mike Santorelli, forward27.
Mark Jankowski, defenseman28.
Mike Reilly, forward29.
Alex Tanguay, defenseman30.
Jonathan Huberdeau, forward31.
Tyler Myers, forward32.
Michael McCarron, defenseman33.
Ryan McDonagh, forward34.
Erik Gustafsson, defenseman35.
Mark Fistric, forward36.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, defenseman37.