Break out the toe drags and double dekes; it’s officially Ratings Week for NHL 23. The team over at EA Vancouver has shared its picks for Fastest Wings, Most Powerful Shots, and the Best Under 23 Skaters, and today’s reveals are headlined by their definitive list of the Top 50 Player Ratings. Will it be McDavid or Matthews at the top? Is Cale Makar still the league’s best defenseman? And will Kirill Kaprizov break out of Minnesota’s bubble with another 100-point season? It’s finally time to discuss stick handles and flow, so here’s everything you need to know about the Top 50 players in NHL 23.
1. Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) – 95 OVR
Is it really up for debate? McDavid’s greatness comes from being a model of consistency as the 25-year-old ended his 2020 run with new hardware (Hart, Pearson, Ross) and defied everything in 2021-22, leading the NHL in scoring for the second straight season with 123 points (44 goals, 79 assists). With the Edmonton Oilers falling short of their Stanley Cup bid, he also became the first player since Peter Forsberg (2002) to finish first in playoff scoring without making it to the Finals.