Top 50 Players & Top 10 Rankings

NHL 23’s top 50 players in the newest title have been unveiled by EA Sports, with players like Cale Makar and Kirill Kaprizov rising in the ranks.


As the release of NHL 23 is soon to arrive, fans are curious about the top-rated players in NHL 23 don’t have to wait much longer. The top 50 overall players for NHL 23 have finally been released by the EA Sports development team.


While this year’s title hasn’t seen extensive gameplay improvements like NHL 22, the new title has given more animations for goalies and players to perform last-chance maneuvers. Unlike previous games, now the raucous crowd reacts to everything on the ice, whether it’s an overtime game-winner for the home team or a penalty killer going sour. The new Frostbite engine has been in the development team’s hands longer, allowing them to create more realistic-looking players, diversify the game intros and make the game feel even more realistic than ever.

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Although a majority of the top 50 players have X-Factors, not all of them have the best version of these abilities. Some of these X-Factor abilities are considered Superstar, while the biggest named players have Zone abilities, which offer significantly more bonuses to a player’s stats. For example, Trevor Zegras, a cover athlete for NHL 23, has a Zone ability which gives him bonuses that make lacrosse-style moves easier to pull off. The infamous Alexander Ovechkin is provided with the Zone ability that gives him bonuses on one-timers, making his well-known slap shot even more challenging to defend against if he’s in the correct position. The remaining top 50 have Zone abilities that make them the cream of the crop or Superstar abilities that help them stand out.


Connor McDavid Is Still NHL’s Best Player

Similarly to last year, Connor McDavid is still the player with the highest overall rating at 95, which is helped by having the highest speed and deke ratings at an astronomically high 97. Former NHL cover athlete Auston Matthews finally claims a spot in the top 3 of these 50 superstars, arriving at a 94 overall with his wrist shot power matching Ovechkin’s at 94. Previously at an 88 overall, Cale Makar rockets up to a 94, nearly matching McDavid’s speed with a 96 in the category. Nathan Mackinnon, one of Makar’s veteran teammates on the Colorado Avalanche, and Andrei Vasilevskiy also share 94 overall ratings. Listed below are the top 50 players and goalies, along with their ratings NHL 23.

  1. Connor McDavidEdmonton Oilers – 95
  2. Austin MatthewsToronto Maple Leafs – 94
  3. Nathan MackinnonColorado Avalanche – 94
  4. Cale MakarColorado Avalanche – 94
  5. Andrei VasilevskiyTampa Bay Lightning – 94
  6. Leon DraisaitlEdmonton Oilers – 93
  7. Roman JoseNashville Predators – 93
  8. Sidney CrosbyPittsburgh Penguins – 93
  9. Patrick KaneChicago Blackhawks – 93
  10. Victor HedmanTampa Bay Lightning – 93
  11. Igor ShesterkinNew York Rangers – 92
  12. Alexander BarkovFlorida Panthers – 92
  13. Jonathan HuberdeauCalgary Flames – 92
  14. Artemi PanarinNew York Rangers – 92
  15. Nikita KucherovTampa Bay Lightning – 92
  16. Alex OvechkinWashington Capitals – 92
  17. Kirill KaprizovMinnesota Wild – 91
  18. David PastrnakBoston Bruins – 91
  19. Brad MarchandBoston Bruins – 91
  20. Mikko RantanenColorado Avalanche – 91
  21. Adam FoxNew York Rangers – 90
  22. Matthew TkachukFlorida Panthers – 90
  23. Johnny GaudreauColumbus Blue Jackets – 90
  24. Mitchell MarnerToronto Maple Leafs – 90
  25. Steven StamkosTampa Bay Lightning – 90
  26. Jacob MarkstromCalgary Flames – 90
  27. Connor HellebuyckWinnipeg Jets – 90
  28. John GibsonAnaheim Ducks – 90
  29. Kyle ConnorWinnipeg Jets – 90
  30. John CarlsonWashington Capitals – 90
  31. Evgeni MalkinPittsburgh Penguins – 90
  32. Patrice BergeronBoston Bruins – 89
  33. Charlie McAvoyBoston Bruins – 89
  34. Sebastian AhoCarolina Hurricanes – 89
  35. Elias LindholmCalgary Flames – 89
  36. Gabriel LandeskogColorado Avalanche – 89
  37. Dylan LarkinDetroit Red Wings – 89
  38. Philip ForsbergNashville Predators – 89
  39. Anze KopitarLos Angeles Kings – 89
  40. Mark StoneVegas Golden Knights – 89
  41. Brayden PointTampa Bay Lightning – 89
  42. Alex PietrangeloVegas Golden Knights – 89
  43. Alex DeBrincatOttawa Senators – 89
  44. Jack EichelVegas Golden Knights – 89
  45. Jesus SarosNashville Predators – 89
  46. Aaron EkbladFlorida Panthers – 89
  47. Drew DoughtyLos Angeles Kings – 89
  48. Mark ScheifeleWinnipeg Jets – 89
  49. Frederik AndersenCarolina Hurricanes – 89
  50. Thatcher DemkoVancouver Canucks – 89

The above list only indicates the highest player overalls among the roster for NHL 23 and its new features. Below are the top 10 rankings among individual skills.

  1. Connor McDavidEdmonton Oilers – 97 Speed, 97 Decking
  2. Cale MakarColorado Avalanche – 97 Decking, 96 Speed
  3. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals – 96 Slap Shot Power, 94 Wrist Shot Power, 93 Strength
  4. Artemi PanarinNew York Rangers – 96 Decking
  5. Nikita KucherovTampa Bay Lightning – 96 Decking
  6. Austin MatthewsToronto Maple Leafs – 94 Wrist Shot Power
  7. Radko GudasFlorida Panthers – 94 Body Checking
  8. Steven StamkosTampa Bay Lightning – 94 Slap Shot Power
  9. Tom WilsonWashington Capitals – 93 Strength, 92 Body Checking
  10. Jamie Oleksiak, Seattle Kraken – 93 Strength

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