The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) released the results of its annual Player Poll today, as the union interviewed 490 players to get their thoughts on all things NHL.
Believe it or not, YOUR Boston Bruins did pretty well in the poll, making the list in everything from goalies to complete players.
Here are the notable results:
David Pastrnak is the third-best goalscorer in the league.
Pastrnak received 6.02%, finishing in a distant third place.
Auston Matthews (46.27%) and Alex Ovechkin (33.82%) finished first and second, respectively.
Hey, that’s not bad company!
Tuukka Rask is a top-five goalie in the league.
The haters are furious!
Segments of the Bruins’ fanbase may not be impressed by Rask, but the guys playing against him seem to think he’s pretty good.
Rask came in fifth place in the “best goalie” vote, behind (in order) Andrei Vasilevskiy (who won in a landslide), Marc-Andre Fleury, Carey Price, and Connor Hellebuyck.
“Yah,” says your Uncle Billy. “But has any of these guys voting in this poll ever won the big game????”
Good question, Uncle Billy.
Patrice Bergeron is the most complete player in the NHL.
Okay, technically he’s tied for the most complete player in the NHL, but that’s a minor detail.
The players gave the same number of votes to both Bergeron and Sidney Crosby, with each player receiving 23.78% of the vote.
Bergeron also finished third in the “if you had to win a game, who would you want on your team?” voting.
David Pastrnak has the fifth-best shot in the NHL.
Pastrnak finished with the same number of votes as Nathan Mackinnon, behind (in order) Alex Ovechkin, Auston Matthews, Shea Weber, and Patrik Laine.
David Pastrnak has the best tape job in the league.
We already knew this.
Pastrnak took this one in a landslide, receiving 42.32% of the vote.
David Pastrnak is laughably the second most fashionable player.
Come on. Auston Matthews somehow got first place? Joke voting.
Interestingly, the players also voted that they don’t like the regional-style schedule, but do like the series-style schedule.
Hockey players are weird, man.