NHL 17: Top players in every position

The guide to the best skaters, goalies, quickest players and most physical players on NHL 17. 

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With the new NHL 17 game comes a new set of ratings for each of the players in the game. This information is to be used as a guide for non-Hockey Ultimate Team game modes, such as Franchise Mode, Play Now, Be a Pro, etc. However, the base cards in HUT will be very similar to the ratings presented below. 

So, let’s get started, here are the top skaters on NHL 17.

Rated 89 NHL 17 skaters (rank 49-39)

Player name Position Team Top Attributes
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Defense Arizona Coyotes Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness (94)
Zach Parise Left Wing Minnesota Wild Discipline (91), Dekeing, Acceleration, Agility, Speed (90)
Evgeny Kuznetsov Center Washington Capitals Dekeing, Passing, Offensive Awareness, Puck Control, Acceleration, Agility, Speed (92)
Phil Kessel Right Wing Pittsburgh Penguins Speed, Dekeing (93), Hand-eye, Slapshot Power, Agility (92)
Jeff Carter Center Los Angeles Kings Slapshot Power (92), Acceleration, Speed (90)
Henrik Zetterberg Center Detroit Red Wings Discipline, Poise (90)
Max Pacioretty Left Wing Montreal Canadiens Hand-eye, Slapshot Power, Wristshot Accuracy, Wristshot Power (90)
Zdeno Chara Defense Boston Bruins Strength, Balance (94), Slapshot Power (93)
Blake Wheeler Right Wing Winnipeg Jets Slapshot Power (91), Offensive Awareness, Wristshot Power, Strength, Passing, Puck Control, Balance (90)
Ryan Johansen Center Nashville Predators Offensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control (91)
John Carlson Defense Washington Capitals Slapshot Power, Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Shot Blocking (90)

 

Rated 90 NHL 17 skaters (rank 38-27)

Player name Position Team Top Attributes
Joe Thornton Center San Jose Sharks Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Strength, Balance (92)
Mark Giordano Defense Calgary Flames Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking (90)
Patrice Bergeron Center Boston Bruins Faceoffs (95), Stick Checking (93), Defensive Awareness (92)
Roman Josi Defense Nashville Predators Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Defensive Awareness, Slapshot Power (90)
Alex Pietrangelo Defense St. Louis Blues Passing, Puck Control, Slapshot Power, Offensive Awareness, Defensive Awareness (90)
Kevin Shattenkirk Defense St. Louis Blues Passing, Puck Control, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Stick Checking, Defensive Awareness, Offensive Awareness (90)
Ryan McDonagh Defense New York Rangers Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Endurance (90)
Brent Seabrook Defense Chicago Blackhawks Poise, Defensive Awareness, Strength, Balance, Endurance, Stick Checking (90)
Johnny Gaudreau Left Wing Calgary Flames Dekeing, Discipline (95), Agility (94)
Kris Letang Defense Pittsburgh Penguins Offensive Awareness, Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking, Poise, Puck Control, Passing, Slapshot Power (90)
Taylor Hall Left Wing New Jersey Devils Speed (95), Acceleration (93), Agility, Slapshot power (92)
Jakub Voracek Right Wing Philadelphia Flyers Offensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control, Wristshot Power (91)

 

Rated 91 NHL 17 skaters (rank 26-19)

Player name Position Team Top Attributes
Corey Perry Right Wing Anaheim Ducks Hand-eye, Slapshot Power, Wristshot Accuracy (93)
Nicklas Backstrom Center Washington Capitals Offensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control (94)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Defense San Jose Sharks Stick Checking, Defensive Awareness (93), Shot Blocking (90)
Dustin Byfuglien Defense Winnipeg Jets Strength, Balance (95), Slapshot Power (93)
P. K. Subban Defense Montreal Canadiens Offensive Awareness, Slapshot Power, Passing, Puck Control (92)
Claude Giroux Center Philadelphia Flyers Passing, Puck Control (94), Dekeing, Offensive Awareness, Hand-eye (93)
Ryan Getzlaf Center Anaheim Ducks Offensive Awareness, Hand-eye, Passing (92)
Joe Pavelski Right Wing San Jose Sharks All Puck Skills, Wristshot Accuracy (92)

 

Rated 92 NHL 17 skater (rank 18-14)

Player name Position Team Top Attributes
Brent Burns Defense San Jose Sharks Balance, Slapshot Power, Strength (92)
Erik Karlsson Defense Ottawa Senators Passing, Offensive Awareness, Poise (95)
Victor Hedman Defense Tampa Bay Lightning Strength, Balance (93)
Tyler Seguin Center Dallas Stars All Puck Skills (94), Wristshot Power (93)

 

Rated 93 NHL 17 skaters (rank 13-9)

Player Name Position Team Top Attributes
Vladimir Tarasenko Right Wing St. Louis Blues Dekeing (94), Offensive Awareness, Hand-eye, Passing, Puck Control (93)
Anze Kopitar Center Los Angeles Kings Offensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control, Slapshot Power (92)
Ryan Suter Defense Minnesota Wild Defensive Awareness (93), Stick Checking (92), Offensive Awareness (91)
John Tavares Center New York Islanders All Puck Skills, Offensive Awarenessm Wristshot Accuracy (94)
Evgeni Malkin Center Pittsburgh Penguins All Puck Skills, Offensive Awareness (94)
Duncan Keith Defense Chicago Blackhawks Defensive Awareness, Offensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control, Dekeing (93)

 

Rated 94 NHL 17 skaters (rank 8-2)

Player name Position Team Top Attributes
Alex Ovechkin Left Wing Washington Capitals Hand-eye (95), All Shooting – bar Wristshot Power (94)
Jamie Benn Left Wing Dallas Stars Offensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control, Wristshot Accuracy (93)
Jonathan Toews Center Chicago Blackhawks Poise (95), Defensive Awareness (94), Dekeing, Puck Control (93)
Steven Stamkos Center Tampa Bay Lightning Puck Skills, Offensive Awareness, Wristshot Accuracy (94)
Shea Weber Defense Nashville Predators Slapshot Power (95), Stick Checking, Strength, Shot Blocking (93)
Drew Doughty Defense Los Angeles Kings Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Defensive Awareness (93)
Patrick Kane Right Wing Chicago Blackhawks Offensive Awareness (98), All Puck Skills (96)

 

Rated 95 NHL 17 skater (rank 1)

Player name Position Team Top Attributes
Sidney Crosby Center Pittsburgh Penguins Offensive Awareness (95), All Puck Skills (94)

 

Top NHL 17 goaltenders

Whilst we do have a separate guide to help you select the best goaltender for your style of play, and to stop the more common methods that people score with – these are the top rated goalies in NHL 17.

Player name Overall Team Top Attributes
Carey Price 93 Montreal Canadiens Endurance (95), Angles, Vision, Rebound Control (93)
Jonathan Quick 93 Los Angeles Kings Endurance (95), Aggressiveness (94)
Henrik Lundqvist 92 New York Rangers Endurance (95), Angles, Vision, Rebound Control (93)
Braden Holtby 92 Washington Capitals Angles, Rebound Control, Recovery, Agility, Vision (92)
Cory Schneider 91 New Jersey Devils Angles, Vision (92), Rebound Control, Stick Low (91)
Pekka Rinne 91 Nashville Predators Angles, Rebound Control, Recovery, Vision (91)
Marc-Andre Fleury 91 Pittsburgh Penguins Vision, Breakaways (91)
Corey Crawford 90 Chicago Blackhawks Rebound Control, Vision (92), Angles, Recovery (91)
Ben Bishop 89 Tampa Bay Lightning Angles, Breakaways, Rebound Control, Recovery Aggression, Vision (90)
Tuukka Rask 89 Boston Bruins Angles, Poise, Recovery, Agility, Speed, Vision, Endurance (90)
Sergei Bobrovsky 89 Columbus Blue Jackets Agility, Endurance, Speed (91)

 

Top 5 skating ability stars

Just like all of the other EA Sports games, but to a lesser extent with NHL 17, speed and acceleration are the keys to victory. Having the fastest players in your team gives you a huge boost against the slower defensemen, or can be a way to stop the faster forwards.

Player name Team Skating Attributes
Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators Acceleration (94), Agility (94), Balance (84), Endurance (90), Speed (93)
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks Acceleration (95), Agility (95), Balance (82), Endurance (88), Speed (91)
Vladimir Tarasenko St. Louis Blues Acceleration (92), Agility (92), Balance (87), Endurance (85), Speed (92)
Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals Acceleration (89), Agility (89), Balance (94), Endurance (87), Speed (90)
Matt Duchene Colorado Avalanche Acceleration (95), Agility (90), Balance (85), Endurance (87), Speed (95)

 

Top 3 high rated physical fighters

These three skaters boast wildly physical stats, are great in a fight, and have a rating which means that they are viable options in your line – able to contribute to scoring and physicality.

Player name Overall Position Team Physical Attributes
Milan Lucic 88 Left Wing Edmonton Oilers Fighting (90), Strength (94), Body Checking (95), Aggrssiveness (93)
Ryan Reeves 80 Right Wing St. Louis Blues Fighting (88), Strength (93), Body Checking (93), Aggrssiveness (93)
Dustin Byfuglien 91 Defense Winnipeg Jets Fighting (85), Strength (95), Body Checking (90), Aggrssiveness (88)

 

 

NHL 17 update their rosters and players, so some of the above rating may differ over time with different rosters selected for use. 

 

Want more NHL 17 tips?

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NHL 17: Goal celebration guide and tutorial

NHL 17 Hockey Ultimate Team: Best Goalies Guide

 

Which players have you found the most success with on NHL 17. Let us know in the comments section below. 

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