7 reasons why Connor McDavid is the best hockey player in the world

fans love Annual TSN Player Rankingswhich traditionally comes out before the start of the NHL regular season.
This creates endless debate on social media channels such as Twitter as statistics and opinions are exchanged on why someone’s favorite player should be ranked at or near the top. With the rise of Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar this season and the crowning of Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews as league MVP, should Connor McDavid still be considered the unofficial best player in the game? match? Will McDavid finish number one on the TSN Player Rankings for the sixth straight year?

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon skates against Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Here is a list of reasons why Makar and Matthews might have to wait their turn because McDavid is still worthy to wear the crown of the best hockey player in the world.

7 reasons why McDavid is still the best hockey player in the world

  1. McDavid led the playoffs in scoring with 33 points despite the Oilers losing in the third round (Oilers runner-up Leon Draisaitl also deserves some respect, as he finished second in the playoffs with 32 points, and he did it on one leg for two playoff rounds ) .
  2. McDavid was the NHL’s leading scorer in the 2021-22 regular season with 123 points, eight points ahead of Calgary Flames second Johnny Gaudreau and Florida Panthers Jonathan Huberdeau, who both finished with 115 points.
  3. McDavid’s combined regular season and playoff points total of 156 points (plus-44) in 96 games is the highest combined total of the last 25 seasons.
  4. McDavid has taken his game to a new level this spring, and despite the Oilers not being as well balanced as the Avalanche, McDavid steered his team to the Western Conference Finals.
  5. Consistency. McDavid has 697 career points. Last season he became the sixth fastest player in NHL history to reach 600 points, reaching the milestone in 421 games.
  6. Leadership. When McDavid was named Oilers captain in 2016, he became the youngest captain in NHL history, named at the seasoned age of 19 years and 266 days. It’s a role the soft-spoken center player has become, much like one of his predecessors, Wayne Gretzky.
  7. McDavid bears greater responsibility than either Matthews or Makar. Similar to Bobby Orr, who was never named Boston Bruins captain, neither Auston Matthews nor Cale Makar wear the “C” for their respective teams. There’s a lot of added pressure that comes with being captain at the NHL level, and McDavid bears the blame along with many other NHL all-time greats such as Mario Lemieux, Gretzky and even Maurice Richard.

Matthews and Makar are worthy challengers

On June 21, when Matthews won the 2021-22 Hart Trophy for Most Valuable Player and the Ted Lindsay Award for the league’s most outstanding player by player vote, the debate over the best hockey player in the world swirled. is intensified. Combine Matthew’s gear with the trophies Makar won this spring – including the Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP and the Norris Trophy for best regular-season defenseman – and you’ll wonder if Makar n he’s not the best player in the NHL. at present.

Cale Makar Colorado Avalanche 2022 Conn Smythe
Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche accepts the 2022 Conn Smythe Trophy (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/NHLI via Getty Images)

Makar caught the attention of the hockey world after his outstanding performance in the playoffs. Even the Great praised Makar’s game and compared him to Orr. When Makar stopped McDavid mid-air in Game 2 of the Oilers/Avalanche Western Conference Finals, some wondered if Makar hasn’t supplanted McDavid as the game’s best player. Whether you think Matthews is the best all-around player or that Makar has taken over as the best pure player, you just need to look at a few details. only to realize that McDavid still deserves the title.

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The 2022-23 NHL Player Rankings will be interesting this fall. Where will each player rank? Will Leon Draisaitl get the love and respect he deserves? Where will Nathan MacKinnon end up?

Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid
Edmonton Oilers Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

It’s always a fun debate. McDavid has his share of critics who say he’s not the best because he hasn’t won a Cup. The argument against this is that McDavid is not the general manager or coach of his team, and while he may have a say or be asked for his opinion on potential players coming to Edmonton, he is not responsible for compiling the list.

You can’t deny McDavid’s talent. Until challengers such as Makar or Matthews do what they do longer and more consistently, McDavid will still hold the unofficial title of best player in the world for a few more years. As for predicting when someone will snatch the title from him, let’s save that for the end of next season or maybe when. Connor Bedard is written.

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Catherine J. Martinez