Wednesday morning, the NHLPA released the results from their annual Player Poll, which surveys roughly 500 NHL players on everything from how good other players are, to skills, and arenas and fans.
This season, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin received the most love as the player with the best shot at a whopping 50.2 percent of the vote.
Others receiving votes in the category were Shea Weber, Patrik Laine, Auston Matthews, and Steven Stamkos.
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) March 20, 2019
Ovechkin’s heavy one-timer may be the reason why he is the only player in the NHL currently on target to reach 50 goals this season.
Ovi’s Caps teammates received admiration from the NHLPA too. Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov were voted as the second and fourth most underrated players with 11.4 percent and 4.4 percent of the vote, respectively. Last season, Backstrom was voted the league’s most underrated player.
Brooks Orpik received a nod as the third best general manager candidate after retirement at 4.5 percent behind Sidney Crosby (5.5 percent), and Jason Spezza (4.8 percent).
Other interesting poll results include:
Feeling so honored right now all those years of hard work has paid off!! Want to thank everyone who has supported me in this journey to best and worst trash talker and all my work colleagues around the NHL couldnt have done it without you! @NHLBruins @NHL @NHLPA pic.twitter.com/ofAj1DNFod
— Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) March 20, 2019
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