2022-23 NHL Rank - Top player predictions across teams
2022-11-23

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2022-23 NHL Rank: Top player predictions across teams

The top 100 NHL players for the 2022-23 season are difficult to rank, given the incredible depth of talent at almost every position.

To create our annual ranking of the NHLs top 100 players, we asked an ESPN panel of more than 50 hockey experts to rate players based on how good they will be in the 2022-23 season compared to their peers.

The Stanley Cup championColorado Avalanchewere tied for the most players in the top 100 with six, along with theNew York RangersTampa Bay Lightningand theVancouver Canucks. Only three teams failed to place a player in the top 100 -- and theArizona Coyotesare not one of the three.

Emphasis was placed solely on expectations for the upcoming season and predicting potential greatness, rather than past performance, career rsum or positional value. Hence, long-term injuries to players, such as the season-ending surgery forRobin Lehnerof theVegas Golden Knights, were taken into consideration.

There may be no greater indication of the NHLs depth than the fact that the center position -- the source of the leagues star power for decades -- accounted for only seven spots in the top 20. Centers do encompass four slots in the top seven players, however.

Today we reveal Nos. 51 through 100 on the list.

Eight straight seasons of more than 20 goals is what makes Kane one of the leagues more consistent wingers.--Ryan S. Clark

Chychrun is a high-end talent with great defensive details and offensive upside -- when hes healthy. Injuries have defined the blueliners past 12 months but shouldnt distract from what he can offer at full strength.--Kristen Shilton

San Jose believes the dynamic Hertl will be their top-line center of the present -- and future. Hes a skilled scorer, deft playmaker and can elevate teammates, all of which the Sharks need to see more of amid a slow start to this season.--Kristen Shilton

Chicago went all-in on signing the talented Jones last offseason because of his potential to perform in all three phases. Jones is a strong passer, executes clean breakouts, and he throws his frame along the boards, all elements of a solidly well-rounded skater.--Kristen Shilton

The Canucks captain is a versatile cog in the system, excellent on draws and handles a matchup role well. Horvat just had a career-best 31-goal season, and he will be channeling that offensive energy into this contract year.--Kristen Shilton

Pietrangelo hit the 80-game mark for the first time in four seasons and gave a sense of stability at a time of questions for the Golden Knights.--Ryan S. Clark

Chabot has a relentless motor, and he brings everything youd want to the Senators blue-line group. Ottawas anchor regularly logs massive minutes while excelling in every on-ice scenario, proving that where Chabot goes, so go the Sens.--Kristen Shilton

The diminutive Norwegian was 13th among all right wings with a 0.85 points per game average over the past two seasons.--Greg Wyshynski

Letang had a career-best 68 points while averaging nearly 26 minutes en route finishing in the top 10 in Norris voting for the third time in four seasons.--Ryan S. Clark

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91.Anze Kopitar, C,Los Angeles Kings

Several items led to the Kings resurgence, and Kopitar was among them by leading the team in scoring while playing in every situation.--Ryan S. Clark

Giroux may no longer be the point-per-game player he was in his prime, but the 34-year-old remains a steady playmaking presence.--Greg Wyshynski

Nylander has matured into more than just a scoring threat. Hes willing to battle for pucks, create takeaways and breaks out quickly. He also has the wheels to wield a strong transition game.--Kristen Shilton

His regular-season efforts showed he can serve in a tandem, but the playoffs showed Oettinger has everything needed to be a No. 1 goaltender.--Ryan S. Clark

Buffalos big center had a big breakout year thats turned him into an emerging face of the franchise. Thompsons got elite scoring ability, a killer shot and, as the Sabres discovered last season, the versatility to play important minutes down the middle.--Kristen Shilton

The Swedish sniper broke through in last seasons 35-goal turn. Kempes upping the ante already this year -- three goals in three games -- thanks to great chemistry withAnze Kopitar.--Kristen Shilton

Stutzle is already a power-play force for the Senators (26 of his 58 points last season). WithClaude GirouxandAlex DeBrincatadded to the Ottawa forward group, his even strength output should increase.--Greg Wyshynski

His puck-moving ability made a difference in Florida, and it is why Calgary looks like it has another weapon on its blue line.--Ryan S. Clark

Tristan Jarry silenced critics of his disastrous 2021 postseason by establishing himself as a consistent, effective starter for the Penguins last season.--Greg Wyshynski

When Sorokin starts, the Islanders know what kind of effort theyre getting. He had a quality starts percentage of .713 over his first two NHL seasons.--Greg Wyshynski

The Blueshirts got a Broadway-esque star turn from Kreider in his 52-goal effort a season ago. Surprising? Maybe, but the veteran forward has followed it up by averaging a point per game early in the 2022-23 season.--Kristen Shilton

Tavares game has evolved beyond just goal scoring. The Leafs captain is a proven playmaker who hit a decade-high in assists (49) last season that complemented his more finely tuned, 200-foot performances.--Kristen Shilton

The longtime backbone of Torontos defense does it all while leading by example. Riellys an elite skater and puck mover used in every situation, where hes capable of generating offense without sacrificing defensive responsibilities.--Kristen Shilton

When Ekblads healthy, hes a defenseman worthy of being in the Norris Trophy conversation, especially given his playmaking abilities (42 assists last season).--Greg Wyshynski

Terrys 67-point season sets the expectation that he has found his footing within the Ducks long-term plans.--Ryan S. Clark

Lindholm was an elite -- if under-the-radar -- two-way center before last seasons explosive 42-goal showing put him on the map. Former linematesJohnny GaudreauandMatthew Tkachukmight be gone but Lindholms defensive savvy and scoring prowess continue to shine.--Kristen Shilton

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This season is Sergachevs time to shine withRyan McDonaghhaving been traded to Nashville. Hes the second best offensive defenseman on the Bolts behindVictor Hedman.--Greg Wyshynski

Trouba is best known for thunderous hits, but he can chip in offensively at even strength too.--Greg Wyshynski

Doughty getting injured last season was a big loss for the Kings given he was on pace to set a career high in points.--Ryan S. Clark

For all the talk in Winnipeg, Scheifele can calm those concerns by turning in another 20-goal season with the idea he could also threaten to score 30.--Ryan S. Clark

Tarasenko had one of the NHLs best remember me? seasons, reigniting his star with a 3.9 points per 60 minutes average.--Greg Wyshynski

Boeser is one of the better pure goal scorers on the Canucks, with 46 goals in 127 games over the past two seasons.--Greg Wyshynski

Subtlety is Slavins game, yet the impact he has speaks rather loudly for the Hurricanes.--Ryan S. Clark

Dahlin relishes playing big minutes on Buffalos top unit, where the 22-year-old has matured before the Sabres eyes. This season hes adding more offense from the blue line already, too.--Kristen Shilton

All he did was score a career-high 81 points, play a responsible game and have two-way consistency ... in his late 30s.--Ryan S. Clark

Ehlers is lethal in transition, making him a must-watch playmaker off the rush. That skill and vision planted Ehlers on Winnipegs top line.--Kristen Shilton

Hes a two-way, 25-goal-scoring power forward who is 6-foot-4 and gives the Avs another dimension.--Ryan S. Clark

While he never broke through to win the Norris, Carlson has been a consistent defenseman who banks points while running Ovechkins power play.--Greg Wyshynski

Even with fewer games, Hamilton fell a goal shy of what would have been an eighth-straight season of more than 10 goals during his first year in New Jersey.--Ryan S. Clark

Nurse has averaged over 25 minutes of ice time per game the past two seasons, being tasked with playing against top competition.--Greg Wyshynski

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61.Gabriel Landeskog, LW,Colorado Avalanche

Landeskog gives the Avalanche another 20-goal scorer who could possibly reach the 30-goal mark if not for injuries (he missed the start of the season with a lower-body injury).--Ryan S. Clark

The video-game moves (and moves that end up in video games) made him instantly famous, but Zegras has the skills to remain an NHL offensive force.--Greg Wyshynski

Look at his defensive and offensive metrics and you will see why Toews is so valued in Denver.--Ryan S. Clark

Canucks bench boss Bruce Boudreau says Hughes passes the puck as well as anyone he has coached. High praise for the 23-year-old, who already is ably anchoring Vancouvers backend.--Kristen Shilton

Scoring 33 goals and 85 points did more than land Fiala a new contract. It places him under a spotlight as someone who could help make the Kings even more dangerous.--Ryan S. Clark

An underrated offensive force. His chemistry withSidney Crosbyis already on display this season following a second 40-goal campaign in 2021-22.--Kristen Shilton

One of the NHLs top two-way centers. Hes had at least 50 points in nine straight seasons and won over 58% of his faceoffs in seven straight seasons.--Greg Wyshynski

Kadri broke through to score 87 points and further raised already high expectations about doing the same now that he is with the Flames.--Ryan S. Clark

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Miller has become a top center option for the Canucks, who recently signed the big forward to a seven-year extension. His 32 goals and 99 points last season were both personal bests.--Kristen Shilton

Speed and skill drive Kyrous impressive offensive game. St. Louis gave him an eight-year extension following last seasons career totals (27 goals, 75 points in 74 games), cementing Kyrou as a face of the franchise.--Kristen Shilton

The 37-year-old Bergeron has remained so consistent, the last time he was not top 3 in Selke voting was more than a decade ago.--Ryan S. Clark

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