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Top 10 Best NHL Players 2023-2024 Rankings

Ranking the best NHL Players right now for the 2023-2024 NHL season as Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks leads the way


By admin | November 28, 2023

Best Hockey Players Right Now for the 2023-2024 NHL Season

We are a quarter of the way through the NHL season, and so far, it has been one for the books. The Oilers have seemingly fallen from grace, and the young guns for the Canucks have rebounded under their new coach. Somehow, after being gutted, the Bruins leaders are still racking them up. Here are the Top 10 Best NHL Players right now.

Honorable Mention

Mikko Rantanen & Nathan MacKinnon

Team: Colorado Avalanche 

These players are neck and neck, are currently linemates, and are seemingly unstoppable together. The Moose carried the Avalanche for most of the last season, and both of these two are firing on all cylinders and then some together this season.

MacKinnon has seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points in 20 games. Mikko has 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points in 20 games.

Top 10 Best NHL Players 

10. William Nylander

Team: Toronto Maple Leafs

Previous Ranking: Unranked

William Nylander has always been the quiet third or fourth player for Toronto behind Matthews, Marner and Tavares, but Nylander has found himself in yet another contract year.

This time, it looks like Nylander might be leaving Toronto, and now he is turning into a league favorite. In 19 games this season, Nylander has scored 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points. He leads Toronto in points.

9. Leon Draisaitl

Team: Edmonton Oilers

Previous Ranking: 3

It looks like Leon has finally passed McDavid in points, as McDavid is off to a rough start this season. Leon has always been the guy behind McDavid, but right now he is playing himself out of Edmonton.

While the team itself has been struggling, Leon has not. In 20 games this season, Leon has 9 goals and 19 assists for 28 points.

8. Elias Peterson

Team: Vancouver Canucks

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Out of nowhere last season, Peterson was a 100-point player, scoring 39 goals and 63 assists in 80 games. It is seemingly looking like the new regime has helped him find his game, and he is the elite center we all knew he was.

In just 22 games this season, Peterson has eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points. Looking like the player of the future, he was destined to be with the Canucks.

7. Brayden Point

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Previous Ranking: 10

Brayden Point has always been so impressive to me because he is playing so far out of his pedigree. The 27-year-old was a third-round pick in 2014, a testament to the Lightning scouting and drafting.

After quite a few record-setting years, he is on another one once again. So far this season, Point has scored 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points.

6. Artemi Panarin

Team: New York Rangers

Previous Ranking: Unranked

The bread man is out here again for another season, dishing biscuits. Panarin played some of his best when longtime friend Patrick Kane was brought over to the team, but he is seemingly playing just as well without him.

In 19 games this season, Panarin has scored 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points.

5. Cale Makar

Team: Colorado Avalanche

Previous Ranking: Honorable Mention 

Despite being fifth on this list and the second defensemen, Cale Makar is the best defender in the NHL right now, and he is even better with his partner, Devon Toews.

At the time of writing, Makar is currently second in points for defensemen and tied for fourth in the league in scoring. Never taking a game off, Makar has five goals and 25 assists for 30 points in 20 games.

4. David Pastrnak

Team: Boston Bruins

Previous Ranking: 4

Pastrnak is my favorite winger in the NHL, and that is because he is an underdog player. Playing in the second-best Swedish League, the Bruins took a chance on him with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

After blowing the roof off the NHL last season, it looks like Pasta might be able to blow the roof off again and beat his 113-point total. At the time of writing, Pasta has 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points in 20 games.

3. J.T. Miller

Team: Vancouver Canucks

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Some forget that Miller actually played for two other teams before coming to Vancouver, spending quite a few years with the Rangers and two with the Lightning, leaving right before their two Cups.

After signing his seven-by-seven contract with the Canucks, Miller seemingly looked like a trade candidate. With this new regime in Vancouver, it looks like he is going to stick to the contract. Miller has 13 goals and 20 assists for 33 points in 22 games.

2. Nikita Kucherov

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Previous Ranking: 8

Another fantastic Lightning player that never seems to have an offseason. Kucherov was also another late-round pick that is playing out of his pedigree.

Kucherov scored 113 points last season, and it looks like he is going to repeat and exceed that total. In just 20 games this season, he has scored 15 goals and 20 assists for 25 points.

1. Quinn Hughes

Team: Vancouver Canucks

Previous Ranking: Unranked

Five years ago, Quinn Hughes was drafted 7th overall by the Canucks and looked like the best defensemen taken in the draft. He is now looking like the best player.

It is also starting to appear like he is having his breakout season with the Canucks. So far this season, Hughes has eight goals and 25 assists for 33 points.

How would you rank the best NHL Players going into the 2023-2024 season? Rank below to be added in the NHL Power Rankings.

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