Ice HockeyFour Swiss among the 100 best NHL players
Roman Josi, Kevin Fiala, Timo Meier and Nico Hischier enter the ranking produced annually by The Athletic.
A few days ago, the site The Athletic has published its traditional top 100 best NHL players for the upcoming season. Four Swiss are in the ranking for the 2022/2023 financial year: Roman Josi, Kevin Fiala, Timo Meier and Nico Hischier.
The different hockey players are classified into four main categories (1 to 4) which are themselves divided into 3 sub-categories (A to C).
Joe at the top
Best Swiss, the 32-year-old Bernese Roman Josi is in the top 10. The Nashville Predators defender is in category 1C alongside legend Sidney Crosby. The media highlights his great offensive qualities (98 points, including 24 goals, in 84 games) as well as his impact in Nashville’s transition game. Only two fullbacks have scored better, Canadian Cale Makar and Sweden’s Victor Hedman.
Fiala, Meier and Hischier stand close together
To find the other three Swiss representatives, you have to go down to category 4. Winger Kevin Fiala, who recently signed with the Los Angeles Kings, is rewarded for his excellent 2021/2022 season, during which he scored 88 points in as many games, with a mark of 4A. The 26-year-old Saint-Gallois received the mention “enigmatic striker”.
Finally, both Timo Meier (San Jose Sharks) and Nico Hischier (New Jersey Devils) were awarded the 4B guard. It was the qualities in both directions of the ice that earned the 23-year-old Valaisan a selection.
Who is the best?
They are three to have been decorated with the distinction 1A, the highest: Auston Matthews, Connor McDavid and Cale Makar. But who was voted the best player in the world? This is Connor McDavid, for the second consecutive year. The 25-year-old striker was awarded for the exceptional play-offs he made with his Edmonton Oilers franchise (33 points in 16 games). « He’s the most dynamic player the hockey world has ever seen, » said The Athletic.