Hockey is one of the most popular sports in North America and is also one of the most intense. Professional hockey has six distinct positions: goaltender, left-wing, right-wing, center (dubbed “first player”), left defensemen, and eight defensemen. There are typically two goaltenders on each team. The National Hockey League (NHL) is the premier professional ice hockey league in North America, with thirty-one teams in Canada and thirty-two teams in the United States.
Hockey players are as varied as the hockey clubs they play for. What unites them all? The glistening puck and the adrenaline-inducing peace-filled atmosphere of a game. But, there’s more to hockey players than what meets the eye. They come in many shapes and sizes, have vastly different personalities, and even have different skill sets. In the world of hockey, there are many superstars to watch out for. So many that it’s hard to keep track of all the famous players. So we made a list of 51 hottest NHL hockey players for fans, both old and new.
Table of Contents
- 1. Joe Pavelski
- 2. Jonathan Toews
- 3. Carey Price
- 4. Erik Karlsson
- 5. Tom Wilson
- 6. Patrick Kane
- 7. Sidney Crosby
- 8. Jamie Benn
- 9. Jonathan Bernier
- 10. Tyler Seguin
- 11. Miles Wood
- 12. Alexander Wennberg
- 13. Jonathan Ericcson
- 14. Henrik Lundqvist
- 15. Roman Josi
- 16. Brian Dumoulin
- 17. Michal Kempny
- 18. Ian McCoshen
- 19. Ryan Murray
- 20. Nick Schmaltz
- 21. Tyler Bozak
- 22. Aaron Ekblad
- 23. Andrew Ference
- 24. Jared Boll
- 25. Patrick Sharp
- 26. Brendan Smith
- 27. Derick Brassard
- 28. Chris Higgins
- 29. Joffrey Lupul
- 30. Sean Monahan
- 31. Beau Bennett
- 32. Bobby Ryan
- 33. Brian Boyle
- 34. David Rundblad
- 35. Erik Gudbranson
- 36. Gabriel Landeskog
- 37. John Tavares
- 38. Jordan Eberle
- 39. Mike Fischer
- 40. Patrik Berglund
- 41. P.K. Subban
- 42. Ryan Kesler
- 43. Jeff Skinner
- 44. Seth Jones
- 45. Theoren Fleury
- 46. Patrick Kane
- 47. Taylor Hall
- 48. Nick Bjugstad
- 49. Martin Havlat
- 50. Ryan Kesler
1. Joe Pavelski
Joseph James Pavelski was born in 1984. He is an American professional ice hockey player who plays for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. He played for the United States national team in 3 World Championships and 2 World Junior Championships and was even named to the 2014 Olympic team.
Pavelski began playing hockey at four years old on his older brother’s rink in Wisconsin, where his family had moved after his birth. By age 16, he had already skated with other future NHL players, including Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. He joined the United States National Team Development Program for the 2000-01 season but quit hockey after getting injured. However, Pavelski was soon back on the ice at the University of Wisconsin, where he played for two seasons on two separate teams. Pavelski was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2003 and played his first NHL game with them in 2005. He is married with three children.
2. Jonathan Toews
Jonathan Bryan Toews was born in 1988. He is a Canadian professional ice hockey center for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has won three Stanley Cups with Chicago (in 2010, 2013, and 2015) and one Olympic gold medal (in 2010). Jonathan Toews is currently serving as captain of the Blackhawks.
Toews grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, playing minor hockey for the AAA Midget Winnipeg Monarchs. In 2004–05, he scored 117 points in 72 games for the Monarchs, second in League scoring to Marc Savard. He recorded 33 points in 21 games during the 2005 playoffs as the Monarchs won the championship. Toews was a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2007 World Junior Championships and scored a goal and an assist in Canada’s 3–2 win over Russia.
3. Carey Price
Carey Price was born in 1987. He is a professional ice hockey goaltender, currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected fifth overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. A two-time Olympic gold medal winner, he has also won two World Junior Championships, a World Hockey Championship, and three Molson Cups during his NHL career. He has won several other awards during his NHL career, including three Vezina Trophies, two Ted Lindsay Awards, and two Top Goaltender Awards.
4. Erik Karlsson
Erik Sven Gunnar Karlsson was born in 1990. He is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Ottawa selected Karlsson in the fifth round (161st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. At the 2012 NHL Awards, Karlsson won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league’s best defenseman, becoming the first Swede to win the award. In addition, Karlsson is one of eight defensemen to score more than 20 goals in a season since 2000–01 and the only one to do so in 2011–12. Karlsson has been praised for his skating ability, offensive instincts, and playmaking skills. He has also been lauded for his excellent passing ability and “vision on the ice.”
5. Tom Wilson
Thomas Wilson was born in 1994. He is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who plays for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is the younger brother of NHL player Matt Wilson. Thomas was selected in the fourth round, 94th overall, by the Capitals in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He played junior hockey with the Plymouth Whalers from 2010 to 2012. In 2012–13, he was a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2013 under-18 World Championships.
6. Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane is listed at 6’0″ and weighs 210 lbs, which is average for an NHL hockey player. He was born in 1988 in Buffalo, New York. In the 2007-2008 season, he served as captain of the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. So far, he has 745 points in his career, 558 of which were scored after joining the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011.
7. Sidney Crosby
Sidney Patrick Crosby is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1987, Crosby was selected first overall by the Penguins in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. After leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017, Crosby became the fastest player to score 200 points in a single season, doing so in only 39 games.
8. Jamie Benn
Benn is a left-wing who plays for the Dallas Stars. He has scored 451 goals and 756 assists for 1285 points in his career. Benn is part of Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He was born in 1989 in Victoria, British Columbia. Beautiful and talented, Benn’s teammates voted him off the ice for dressing up as a ladybug for Halloween during the 2012–13 season. Benn was nicknamed “Beep,” and he played bobsled in minor hockey as a youth player.
9. Jonathan Bernier
Jonathan Bernier was born in 1988. He is a professional Canadian ice hockey player who plays as a goaltender for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He also serves as a Goaltending Consultant for Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) ‘s Quebec Remparts.
Bernier attended Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the QMJHL and established himself as one of the league’s best goalies, helping his team reach two Memorial Cup finals and winning one. After his junior career, Bernier was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the second round, 62nd overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Before his professional career began, Bernier began playing with Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the QMJHL. Before he turned professional, he had established himself as one of the league’s best goalies as a member of Chicoutimi Saguenéens Bernier helped his team reach two Memorial Cup Finals and won one.
10. Tyler Seguin
Tyler Seguin was born in 1992. He is a Canadian professional hockey player. He is currently playing for the Dallas Stars as their center and alternate captain. Aside from hockey, he used to be a Maple Leafs’ track and field team member. He was selected second overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins, making him one of the youngest players ever to be drafted so highly. He made his debut with the Bruins in 2010 and was traded to Dallas in 2013. He has also played for the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers and the Team Ontario U17s.
11. Miles Wood
Miles Wood was born in 1995, is an American professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). Wood was drafted with the 41st overall pick in the third round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Devils. He has also played with USA Hockey’s U17 team at two straight World Championships.
12. Alexander Wennberg
Alexander Wennberg is a Swedish center playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was drafted 14th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013. He was born in 1994 in Stockholm, Sweden. At the age of 14, Wennberg joined Modo Hockey in the Swedish Elite League.
After three seasons with Modo, Wennberg was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. During his first NHL season, he played 64 games and scored 18 goals and 15 assists. He also had a .871 points percentage and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.\ Alexander Wennberg currently plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Swedish player’s career stats are impressive, to say the least —4 goals and 30 assists in 78 matches.
13. Jonathan Ericcson
Jonathan Ericcson was born in 1984, nicknamed “Eric the Red” and Swedish for Eric the Red; he is a Swedish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for Färjestad BK in the top Swedish division Allsvenskan. He has played in all three Swedish top-tier leagues in his career before playing in North America.
Ericsson has won championships, including the silver medals at two World Championships, in 2012 and 2014. He is a three-time World Championships all-star team member and a three-time SHL silver medalist and winner. He has represented Sweden in five international tournaments. Ericsson joined Frölunda HC as a 13-year old and played two seasons in the J20 SuperElit league before playing with the senior team in 2007–08.
14. Henrik Lundqvist
Born on November 26, 1982, in Are, Sweden, Lundqvist plays the position of a goaltender for the New York Rangers. He is 6 feet 1 inch tall and is currently 32 years old. He became the starting goalie in the 2006-2007 season with the Ranger when their previous goalie retired. He has made it to two Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and 2014 but didn’t win either time despite his impressive performances. New York Rangers goaltender and legend Henrik Lundqvist is not only a great hockey player — but he’s also one of the greatest-looking players in the history of the NHL. There’s also something about his Swedish accent that just makes him all the more appealing.
15. Roman Josi
He was born in 1990 in Woodstock, Ontario. Josi is a tough ice-hockey defender who plays for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He made his NHL debut with the Predators during the 2010–11 season and has played most of his career since then with Nashville. Roman Josi is a Swiss professional ice hockey defenseman who plays for the Nashville Predators in the National Hockey League (NHL). In 2008, Josi was selected ninth overall by the Predators. Having made his NHL debut during the 2010–11 season, Josi has since been named to two NHL All-Star games and has been a Norris Trophy finalist once.
16. Brian Dumoulin
Brian Dumoulin was born in 1991. He is an American-born forward, currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dumoulin currently wears number 25 for the Penguins. Before becoming a professional hockey player, Dumoulin played for the New Jersey Devils in the American Hockey League (AHL). After attending college in South Carolina, he transferred to Boston University, where he played his freshman year of college hockey in 2008–2009. Brian is a skilled defenseman that plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. He also is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion. Paul Dumoulin’s father is a retired police officer in Mount Desert, Maine, born in Steinbach, Manitoba.
17. Michal Kempny
Kempny was born in 1990 in Brno, Czech Republic. Michal Kempny has been one of the most prominent players on the Blackhawks since he was drafted in 2012. He is known for his ability to play both sides of the puck and his wild game. As a result, he can regularly play on the Detroit Red Wings, where he has spent most of the last two seasons. Kempny has also joined Team USA’s team for international competitions in the 2017-18 season.
18. Ian McCoshen
McCoshen was born in 1995 in Boston, Massachusetts. He is an American-born hockey player that currently plays for the Florida Panthers of the NHL. He’s played 30 games for the Panthers since joining them in 2016. McCoshen played for the United States National Team Development Program during his first two seasons. Then, he was drafted by the Panthers in 2015. Before being called up to the NHL, he participated in the rookie camp, all-star game, and training camp. The Panthers originally drafted him in the first round, 31st overall during the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
19. Ryan Murray
Ryan Murray was born in 1993. He is a Canadian professional ice hockey center that plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). After putting up good numbers as a youth player, he was drafted ninth overall in 2011 by the Blue Jackets.
He was drafted 17th overall in 2011 by the Columbus Blue Jackets. A player with high puck-handling ability is also known to play with “Gordie Howe” style hitting, which is often frowned upon in today’s game. In addition, he is known to be one of the best defensemen in this league.
20. Nick Schmaltz
Nick Schmaltz was born in 1996; He is an American left-wing and center for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nick came in 22nd place overall in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft by Chicago. Schmaltz is the Blackhawks’ third-highest-paid prospect, after Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Schmaltz was also named Minnesota Mr. Hockey for high school hockey in the 2013-14 season. In 2017 Schmaltz was named to Team North America for the World Cup of Hockey.
21. Tyler Bozak
Tyler Bozak was born in 1986 in Regina, Saskatchewan in Canada. He is a Canadian professional ice hockey center for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League (NHL). Tyler Bozak began his playing career in the Western Hockey League, where he played two seasons for the Kelowna Rockets. After this, he joined the University of Denver Pioneers of the NCAA Division I, where he played three seasons. He was drafted 42nd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Bozak spent his first season primarily with St.
22. Aaron Ekblad
Aaron Ekblad was born 1996. He is a Canadian and an American professional ice hockey defenseman (shooting right) who plays for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted first overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers. He is also well known for his company in social media such as Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram, where he has 1.5 million followers.
As a defender, he is effective at blocking his opponent’s shots and passes. In his NHL debut of the 2014-15 season, fans voted him to be in the three stars of the night with a total of 9 points from 4 goals and five assists. He has become one of the most popular players on team Florida. He also had been awarded a Gold medal for World Junior Championships on 2015
23. Andrew Ference
Andrew Ference is a Canadian professional player in the National Hockey League. He was born in 1979 in Toronto, Canada. He is currently playing for the Edmonton Oilers as a defenseman. This 6 feet and 2 inches tall player has an intriguing sense of humor and an epic vocabulary that proves he is a smart hockey player and a great conversationalist. He was formerly playing for the Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Ottawa Senators. He is married to his longtime girlfriend, Kasey Mullen, who is also a professional hockey player. He holds the record of having the most points among defensemen in a single game.
24. Jared Boll
Jared Boll was born in 1986 is a Canadian professional ice hockey center who currently plays for the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL. The Anaheim Ducks drafted him in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He has also played for the Phoenix Coyotes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks, and Nashville Predators. Don’t let his name fool you. He’s not a real bull or anything. But he’s a pretty cool guy if you hang out with him for a while.
25. Patrick Sharp
Patrick Martin Sharp was born in 1981. The Hockey Hall of Famer plays for the Dallas Stars. He is a left-winger who plays among the most prolific goalscorers in the NHL. Shane Doan is his biggest rival, and he has the edge over him when it comes to speed. He has been playing hockey since the age of 8, and he grew up in Toronto with his sister Jennie who also played hockey. Patrick Sharp practices at his home rink and plays every day from early morning to late at night.
Patrick Sharp was drafted in 2002 by the Dallas Stars during the 5th round of the draft. He then went on to play one season of Junior hockey with the Cole Harbour Hornets of the QJHL before being drafted into professional hockey with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. After he was traded away from Dallas, Sharp was drafted again by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2006.
26. Brendan Smith
Brendan Smith was born in 1989. He is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. He was drafted, by the Red Wings, in the first round as their 27th pick overall in 2007. He played his junior career with the Wisconsin Badgers of NCAA, making him one of its more famous recent alumni. He has been known as a rough and tough defenseman who distributes hard hits and throws his weight around on every move he makes and is lauded for not backing down from any confrontation. He has been selected to the United States national team and represented his country in the 2010 World Junior Championship and 2012 World Championship.
His style of play is usually regarded as physical and combative, but he has also developed into a highly offensive defenseman known for breaking plays and striking teammates. On May 14, 2014, Brendan Smith scored his first NHL goal in a 4–3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series in Pittsburgh.
27. Derick Brassard
The Ottawa Senators forward was born in 1987 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, but lived in Toronto for a few years before returning to his native province. When he was six, he began playing hockey and was signed by the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). Brassard played for the London Knights of the OHL from 2004 to 2007. He was drafted sixth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and played for the 2007–08 season. In July 2011, he was traded to the New York Rangers.
Brassard played his first Olympics at Vancouver in 2010. He has also competed at other international tournaments such as the 2008 World Junior Championships, two World Championships, and two World U18 Championship tournaments. He was signed to a one-year contract with $3 million over that year by Senators last summer.
28. Chris Higgins
Higgins was born in 1983 in Scarborough, Ontario. He is currently playing for the New York Rangers and has been part of the team since 2009. Previously, he played for the Vancouver Canucks from 2003 to 2009. He is a member of the Canadian Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. He is also a two-time Olympic Gold medalist and a Stanley Cup winner.
Higgins has played for the Vancouver Canucks since 2008. He used to be renowned as the Canucks’ shootout expert, but his job has since moved to penalty killer. He is well-known for his faceoff skills and high penalty-minute totals. His career-high in goals was 19 in 2011/12, for which he received the NHL Award for Performance on the Road.
29. Joffrey Lupul
Joffrey Lupul was born in 1983. He is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks in the National Hockey League (NHL). Before joining the Ducks, he played for Toronto Maple Leafs for five seasons, winning the Stanley Cup with them in the 2012–13 season.
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks drafted Joffrey Lupul in 2000. He played with their minor league affiliate Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in 2002-03 before being traded to Philadelphia Flyers in 2004. He then played with the Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He also played with the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, and New Jersey Devils before joining the Anaheim Ducks in 2009. Lupul won a Stanley Cup with the Maple Leafs in 2012-13. He has scored 445 goals and 841 assists for 1469 points in 979 NHL games, where 703 of these came during his five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
30. Sean Monahan
He was born in 1994 is a Canadian-born player who the Calgary Flames drafted in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Monahan was awarded the AT&T Rookie All-Star Team Award and a Calder Memorial Trophy nomination as a rookie. In 2014 he played in his first NHL All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Sidney Crosby.
Position: Left Wing for the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames. The 2009 NHL Entry Draft would soon decide his fate as a potential NHL player. There were numerous teams after him, including the Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Toronto Maple Leafs, who eventually drafted him # 6 overall that year.
31. Beau Bennett
Beau Bennett was born in 1991 in Westlake Village near Los Angeles, California. Bennett is the son of Brad Bennett, a former amateur hockey player for the University of Minnesota Duluth, who played an astounding twenty-two years. Growing up in an NHL household, Beau was naturally exposed to the sport.
Beau’s career started when the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted him in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft. He was one of the biggest surprises in Pittsburgh, as he turned out to be a top prospect for a team that rarely drafts a player from the bottom ten. That said, Beau’s speed and intense play have been his main assets. Because of his growth as a player, Bennett made the NHL roster for the 2010-11 season. In 2015-16, Bennett was traded to Vancouver Canucks where he continued his quick development into an exceptional hockey player.
32. Bobby Ryan
Bobby Ryan was born in 1987. He is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward. He has played for the Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). In addition, Bob Ryan was a longtime notable player for the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers.
Bobby was first drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 2004 and then by the Ottawa Senators in 2005. He has one Stanley Cup win with the Ducks and two World Championship gold medals as an individual. Bobby Ryan is considered one of the most talented and charismatic players of the NHL. He is considered one of the highest-scoring forwards during his time with the Ducks, and his nickname “Crazy Bobby” sums up perfectly what he is: an offensive machine. His speed, determination, and goal-scoring ability have made him a fan favorite.
33. Brian Boyle
Brian Boyle was born in 1984. He started his professional hockey career with the Los Angeles Kings in 2005. In 2007, Boyle was traded to the Florida Panthers and was eventually again traded to the New York Rangers in 2009, where he played until 2011 when he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brian Boyle is currently with the New Jersey Devils.
Brian Boyle’s NHL career has been very interesting. He has played for many teams, including three different times for the Rangers. However, his career also took a surprising turn when he signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning, teaming up with Steven Stamkos to help stop Sid Crosby’s domination in the NHL. Brian Boyle is not only an interesting player, but he is quite an amusing guy off of the rink as well.
34. David Rundblad
David Rundblad is a Swedish professional ice hockey player who plays for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Born in 1990 in Gothenburg, Sweden, Rundblad started playing hockey when he was five and played his amateur career in Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik. The Phoenix Coyotes drafted him during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
David is a well-built player whose height is 6’2″, and he weighs in at 196 pounds. He was named to play for Sweden’s team in the 2010 Winter Games. Rundblad is also known for his active social media presence, where he posts pictures of himself on Instagram and Twitter.
35. Erik Gudbranson
Erik Gudbranson was born in 1992 in Cedar Park, Texas. Known as a physical, stay-at-home defenseman, Erik Gudbranson plays for the Florida Panthers. The 22-year-old blueliner has been to the NHL playoffs twice and made his Stanley Cup playoff debut in late 2015. The Winnipeg native was drafted by the Panthers in 2012 and made his NHL debut that same year after playing for their minor league affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.
He has several records under his belt. His most recent was being named captain of Team Canada at the World Championships in May 2016. He was also named Florida Panthers’ “top defenseman” in 2017. He is in his rookie season in the NHL this year.
36. Gabriel Landeskog
Landeskog was born in 1992 to parents Margit and Mats Landeskog in Stockholm, Sweden. Gabriel Landeskog is a Swedish professional ice hockey player and captain for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 2nd overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He became the first Swede to be selected this high since Mats Sundin was Rocky’s1st overall in 1989 and became the highest European drafted player since Alexander Ovechkin. The latter was taken 1st overall in 2004. Landeskog played his final season with Djurgårdens IF Hockey Club during the 2010–11 Elitserien season and captained Sweden at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
37. John Tavares
John Tavares is an ice hockey player for the New York Islanders. He was born in 1990 in Oakville, Ontario, to Jim and Barb Tavares. John has an older brother named Steven and a younger sister named Jessica. He played for the Lakeshore Panthers of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). In 2006 he joined the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
While playing for the Generals, Tavares was selected first overall by the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a three-year contract on July 7, 2009, and began his NHL career in September. He was a rising star with a lot of promise when he first entered the NHL as a teenager.
38. Jordan Eberle
Jordan Eberle was born in 1990. A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Jordan Eberle began his professional career in the 2008-2009 season with the Edmonton Oilers. He attended his draft year in 2006-2007 with 80 points in 62 games for the Regina Pats. A hard worker and a gritty forward, Jordan Eberle has been a force for the Oilers since he arrived in 2009, even with a lockdown defense just two years ago.
Admittedly Jordan is one of the most exciting players to watch when he’s on the ice. He has a knack for scoring goals and can put up a solid hit or two as well. His shot is accurate, and his stick work is strong. At the Olympics in Vancouver, he was the only forward to score two goals in one game, and with that goal, he became the first Team Canada player to score four goals in one game since Wayne Gretzky. He’s also become Canada’s go-to guy on “breakaway runs,” as his speed is among the fastest on the team.
39. Mike Fischer
Mike Fischer was born in 1980 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL). Fischer was drafted in 2000 by the Los Angeles Kings. His older brother Todd currently plays in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers. In his career, Mike Fischer played for the Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Thrashers, and Chicago Blackhawks from 2000 to 2011. In 2009, he became a member of Chicago’s Stanley Cup Champions with Team Blackhawk.
40. Patrik Berglund
Patrik Berglund was born March 12, 1991 in Linkoping, Sweden. He is right-handed and stands 6’3″ tall. In terms of his position, he is a center who has averaged eleven points a season throughout his career. Berglund debuted on the regular roster on October 3, 2010, with the Buffalo Sabres during his first season. Berglund is currently the captain of the Buffalo Sabres.
He was drafted with the 10th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He was also drafted with the 164th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Sabres. Still, they traded him to Montreal, along with that year’s second-round pick (Marc-Andre Gragnani) in exchange for Derek Roy, David Desharnais, and a third-round pick.
41. P.K. Subban
P.K. Subban was born in 1989 in Toronto, Canada. A left-handed defenseman for the Nashville Predators, he is one of the most exciting players to watch. He has great speed and an even greater shot. Subban started playing hockey at a very young age and played his first NHL game when he was just 20 years old. He has since become one of the fastest-rising stars in hockey due to his incredible skills and motor. He was the youngest captain in the NHL and won the Norris Trophy for best defenseman in the 2014-15 season.
42. Ryan Kesler
Ryan Kesler was born in 1984 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. In addition, he has won two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada and one World Championship with Team Canada. Kesler was also the 2010 All-Star MVP, thank for his tremendous work ethic. His current team is the Anaheim Ducks, and he plays center. His stats in the NHL include 826 games played, 230 goals, 306 assists, and 654 points in his career. Kesler was also a recipient of the All-Star Game MVP Award in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
43. Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner was born in 1992 in Kitchener, Ontario. The Carolina Hurricanes drafted Skinner in the 1st round (20th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. Before he started playing hockey, he played soccer throughout his early years. On June 27, 2012, the Youngstown Phantoms selected Jeff Skinner with the 18th pick in the 2012 CHL Import Draft| Youngstown]. In 2013, he was signed by the Hurricanes to a three-year rookie contract. However, in his first full season with the team, the team only made the playoffs once; the Montreal Canadiens defeated them in the first round. The next season, Skinner recorded 48 points in 80 games. In his third year, he improved on those numbers with a career-high of 71 points. He also led his team in penalty minutes for a fourth straight season.
44. Seth Jones
Seth Jones was born in 1994. The American defender who has represented his country at three Winter Olympics thus far is the youngest player ever to hoist the Stanley Cup. He is also the son of former NBA player Popeye Jones, who became the first father-son duo to win NBA championships. It was then no surprise that Jones would have a love for basketball as well as hockey. He was committed to playing basketball at Duke University before his NHL career took off. Now, Jones is taking the NHL by storm with rapid speed and an impressive hockey I.Q. Currently playing defense for the Columbus Blue Jackets, he has amassed 27 points in 78 games this season alone.
45. Theoren Fleury
Theoren Fleury was born in 1968. He is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played for the St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, and the San Jose Sharks. Fleury appeared in 1,084 regular-season games throughout his 16-year NHL career. Fleury was the recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2013 after helping the Flames to their first playoff appearance and Stanley Cup since 1989. Fleury was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, and currently resides in Calgary, Alberta.
46. Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane was born in 1988. He is an American professional ice hockey forward and captain for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Formerly playing for the Little Caesar’s Wolverines, he opted for a major junior Ontario Hockey League (OHL) career before making his NHL debut with the Chicago Blackhawks. In his first season of professional hockey, he became the first overall draft pick in 2007 and was named both Rookie of Year and Player of Year. In 2011, Kane won a Stanley Cup championship with the team.
Kane played for Team USA in the 2010 Winter Olympics and won a silver medal. Two years later, he was named captain of the team and led the Americans to a gold medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Kane has also won three Stanley Cup championships with Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013, and 2015.
47. Taylor Hall
Taylor Hall was born in 1991 in a place called Calgary, in Canada. He was a part of the Senators’ minor league team from 2008 to 2009 before being selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 2010. On January 4, 2011, he made his NHL debut against the Detroit Red Wings with teammate Jordan Eberle. He ranks in sixth place for most points in one game (5 goals, five assists). He also has two game-winning goals. The left-winger position. Drafted 3rd overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2010 NHL entry draft. His resume reads, “19 goals and 28 assists in 2013-14 season.” Other stats include 37 power-play goals and 306 hits in 595 career games.
48. Nick Bjugstad
Nick Bjugstad was born in 1992. He is an American professional ice hockey center who plays for the National Hockey League (NHL). Have you ever encountered Nick Bjuggd before? He’s an American professional ice hockey player. From 2001 to 2008, Bjugstad played for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in college hockey. After that, he has played professionally with the WHL’s Chicago Wolves and AHL’s Denver Tigers.
49. Martin Havlat
Havlat was born in 1982. He is a Czech-born Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently an unrestricted free agent. The Calgary Flames drafted him in the first round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, 17th overall. He has also played for the Chicago Blackhawks, the Minnesota Wild, the San Jose Sharks, and the New Jersey Devils.
Havlat was born in Czechoslovakia but grew up in what is now the Czech Republic. His older brother, Roman Havlat, is a former NHL player as well. He used to play with Martin in the Czech Republic’s national junior team. He was named for his father, Jan Havlát, who also played for the national team at the World Championships (world championships). Martin Havlat is now one of the top scorers in Colorado Rockies history. Colorado Rockies are an American professional baseball team based in Colorado Springs, CO. The Rockies are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball’s National League.
50. Ryan Kesler
Ryan Kesler was born in 1984, in Livonia, Michigan, to Troy and Susan Kesler. Ryan is a Canadian-American ice hockey center for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is known as a two-way center who can play effectively on both ends of the ice. Kesler has been named to five NHL All-Star Games, was a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic team, and won the bronze medal. He also played for Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics, winning a gold medal.
Kesler was drafted 11th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with the Vancouver Canucks in 2003. He has since become a major offensive force and an elite defensive forward. A powerful skater who has good size and strength, Kesler has excellent hands and vision. In addition, his slap shot is deadly accurate and can fire up to league-leading heights of over 100 mph (161 km/h).