The best player from each Canadian province


All current NHL players born in the designated province are eligible. We asked our reporters to identify the player who they think is at the top of his game right now, so he is not necessarily the best active player in the province.

Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the Yukon were left out because they did not meet the selection criteria.

Here is the verdict from the reporters at NHL.com.

Alberta

Brayden Point, A, Tampa Bay Lightning: In many ways, Point is the Lightning’s spark plug thanks to his speed, tenacity with the puck, and ability to generate offense. All of these qualities were showcased during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Point then took second in NHL scoring with 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 23 games and helped the Lightning to. win the Cup. Point, which the Lightning claimed in the third round (79th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, won when the opportunity presented itself in 2016-17. A leg injury suffered by the captain Steven stamkos had left a great void in the Lightning attack then. What distinguishes Point the most from most other NHL players is his skating, which allows him to win his races and puck battles. The 24-year-old was born in Calgary and has gone on to become one of the NHL’s most dominant forwards. He has 222 points (98 goals, 124 assists) in 227 games from 2017-18 to 2019-20 and leads the Lightning this season with 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 12 games.

Honorable mentions: Taylor hall, A, Buffalo Sabers; Makar wedge, D, Colorado Avalanche

– Dan Rosen, senior journalist

British Columbia

Mathew Barzal, C, New York Islanders: Born in Coquitlam, Barzal has amassed 220 points (64 goals, 156 assists) in 244 games since the start of the 2017-18 campaign, a high among any BC-born player. It was a tough choice between Barzal and the Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who was born in Anahim Lake. Price is the most victorious goaltender in Canadiens history with 352 wins, but the 33-year-old has not been very consistent over the past few years and is only posting a .896 save percentage. in eight games this season. Barzal set a personal NHL high in 2017-18 with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists) in 82 games and won the Calder Trophy, awarded to the league’s top rookie. The 23-year-old forward has grown into a more complete player over the past three seasons. This year, he leads the Islanders with 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 12 games.

Video: PIT @ NYI: Barzal shines and breaks the deadlock in 3rd

Honorable mentions: Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens; Shea weber, D, Montreal Canadiens

– Tom Gulitti, journalist

Price-Édouard Island

Noah dobson, D, New York Islanders : With a population of 157,000 people, Prince Edward Island obviously does not develop as many players as Ontario or Quebec. That didn’t stop her from giving birth to an impact player like Brad Richards. The next player who could make his mark is defenseman Noah Dobson, who is in his second NHL season with the Islanders after making his NHL debut at the age of 19 after being the 12th. 2018 Draft pick. Head coach Barry Trotz offers him more and more responsibilities, which means that after 12 games, he has already amassed six points, one less than he had obtained in 34 games the previous year. He’s the team’s most prolific defender – tied with Nick leddy – and he is the most used back in the power play. This bodes well for the rest of his career.

Honorable mentions : Zack MacEwen, A, Vancouver Canucks; Ross johnston, A, New York Islanders

– Nicolas Ducharme, Journalist

Manitoba

Mark Stone, A, Vegas Golden Knights: Stone, the first captain in Golden Knights history, was chosen, but the debate would have been completely different if the Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan toews had played this year. He is removed from the game due to health concerns. Stone was born in Winnipeg, where he played his minor hockey, and was drafted in the sixth round (178th overall) by the Ottawa Senators in 2010. Since becoming a regular NHL player in 2014 -15, the 28-year-old forward has scored at least 20 goals in six straight seasons and, thanks to his unmatched hockey acumen and excellent hands, he still has a huge impact on the flow of the game. Traded to Golden Knights on February 25, 2019, Stone had 400 points (152 goals, 248 assists) in 460 NHL games. He’s off to another great start this year and leads Vegas with 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 11 games.

Honorable mentions: Duncan Keith, D, Chicago Blackhawks; Travis Zajac, A, New Jersey Devils

– Tim Campbell, journalist

New Brunswick

With 295 games in the NHL, Jake allen has had a great career. He was the starting goalie for the St. Louis Blues from 2014 to 2018, a second-round pick (34th) in the 2008 Draft. His career record is 152-96-26 in nine seasons, with a 2.68 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. He won the Stanley Cup as an assistant to Jordan binnington with the Blues in 2019, before having a great season the following year as an auxiliary goaltender. He was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens – the city where he played two of his three seasons in the QMJHL – along with a seventh-round pick on September 2, 2020 in return for a third and seventh round pick. .

Honorable mentions: Philippe myers, D, Philadelphia Flyers

New Scotland

Nathan MacKinnon, A, Colorado Avalanche: I hear the Pittsburgh Penguins fans screaming because I didn’t choose Sidney crosby. There is no doubt that Cole Harbor-born Crosby is the NHL’s most accomplished Nova Scotia native. But this season, Halifax-born MacKinnon is the top player among the six in this province who have played at least one game this year. The 25-year-old forward leads Colorado with 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 10 games and has registered at least 35 goals and 93 points in each of his last three seasons.

Video: STL @ COL: MacKinnon shows his speed in AN

Honorable mentions: Sidney Crosby, A, Pittsburgh Penguins; Brad Marchand, A, Boston Bruins

– Tracey Myers, journalist

Ontario

Connor mcdavid, A, Edmonton Oilers: Canada’s most populous province has produced more elite players than any other, and McDavid is hands down the best player in the NHL in 2020-21 and, therefore, Ontario’s top player. The 24-year-old forward is a generational player who started to turn heads when he played his minor hockey in the York-Simcoe program, just outside his hometown of Richmond Hill. Claimed first by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2015 NHL Draft, McDavid has previously won the Hart Trophy awarded to NHL MVP (2017) as well as the Art-Ross Trophy awarded to the league’s top scorer ( 2017, 2018) and he was named three times on the First Team All-Star (2017, 2018, 2019). This year, he leads the league with 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in 16 games and has 497 points (171 goals, 326 assists) in 367 career games. McDavid’s 1.35 points per game average places him sixth in history among all players who have played at least 100 games.

Honorable mentions: Mitchell marner, A, Toronto Maple Leafs; Mark Scheifele, A, Winnipeg Jets

– Mike Zeisberger, journalist

Quebec

Patrice Bergeron, A, Boston Bruins: There is surely a place reserved for Bergeron, who is from L’Ancienne-Lorette, in the Hockey Hall of Fame. In his 17th NHL season, Bergeron was the only logical choice to replace Zdeno Chara as captain of the Bruins this year. The 35-year-old forward is a four-time winner of the Selke Trophy, awarded to the best defensive forward in the NHL (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017), and he is one of the league’s most trusted players in the betting circle. Thu. Drafted in the second round (45th overall) by Boston in 2003, the center continues to excel in every facet of the game. Ahead of the Bruins’ game against the New York Rangers on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS , MSG +, NESN, NHL.TV), Bergeron had 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 12 games and his faceoff hit rate was 61.3 percent. He has scored at least 30 goals in his last three seasons, even though he has never played more than 65 games in those seasons.

Video: BOS @ PHI: Bergeron gives victory to Bruins

Honorable mentions: Marc-André Fleury, G, Vegas Golden Knights; Jonathan huberdeau, A, Florida Panthers

– Dave Stubbs, columnist

Saskatchewan

Brayden schenn, A, St. Louis Blues: No doubt that Patrick marleau, the San Jose Sharks forward from Aneroid, is the league’s most accomplished active Saskatchewan player. However, Schenn, who was born and played his minor hockey in Saskatoon, is the best among 24 players from that province who have played at least once in the NHL this season. The Blues acquired the 29-year-old forward from the Philadelphia Flyers on June 23, 2017. He has scored at least 50 points in five consecutive seasons and was instrumental in winning the Stanley Cup from the Blues in 2019 thanks to his 12-point harvest (five goals, seven assists) in 26 games. Ahead of Friday’s clash between the Blues and Arizona Coyotes (9 p.m. ET; ESPN +, FS-A, FS-MW, NHL.TV), Schenn had 11 points (six goals, five assists) to his record in 13 parts.

Honorable mentions: Jaden schwartz, A, St. Louis Blues; Ryan getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks

– Shawn P. Roarke, Senior Managing Editor

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