NHL players heap praise on McDavid in latest NHLPA survey

I mean… was there really ever any doubt?

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The National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) released the results of their annual NHLPA Player Poll for the 2017-18 season and surprise, surprise, Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid was the top choice for many players in several survey questions. The kid is just that good.

The Association surveyed over 500 players and asked them dozens of hockey-related questions like “Who is the most difficult player to play against?” and “Who’s the toughest goalie to score on?” According to the NHLPA, here’s the criteria:

NHL players were surveyed on more than 20 hockey-related questions during their annual NHLPA team meetings, between the preseason and early January 2018. Over 500 players took part in the poll. NHL players weighed in on a variety of questions – covering skills, coaches, officials, arenas, teams and on-ice matters.

Again, as you might expect McDavid was the top selection for many players, earning first or second choice in a lot of categories. So, let’s jump right in and find out what the young superstar’s opponents really think of him:

Who is the league's fastest skater?

This one’s a no-brainer. So much so that more than 80% of the NHL believes McDavid is the fastest player in all of hockey. Again… this is a no brainer. I mean… just watch:

Rocket man! This kid is not only the fastest skater in the NHL currently, but maybe the fastest skater in NHL history. Incredible. 

Who is the most difficult player to play against?

McDavid juuuuust gets edged out by Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. Fair enough… while McDavid can burn you with speed and skill, Crosby has a sheer determination and a competitive nature that makes him an absolute nightmare to play against.

Which player would you select to start a franchise?

Again… this one is a no-brainer. So much so that nearly half of NHL players say they’d pick McDavid to start their franchise. I mean… he’s a superstar and league MVP at just 21-years-old… was there ever really any question about this one?

For the full results, check out the survey on the NHLPA’s website: