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NHL 17: Top players in every position

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

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 namePositionTeamTop Attributes
Oliver Ekman-LarssonDefenseArizona CoyotesPassing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness (94)
Zach PariseLeft WingMinnesota WildDiscipline (91), Dekeing, Acceleration, Agility, Speed (90)
Evgeny KuznetsovCenterWashington CapitalsDekeing, Passing, Offensive Awareness, Puck Control, Acceleration, Agility, Speed (92)
Phil KesselRight WingPittsburgh PenguinsSpeed, Dekeing (93), Hand-eye, Slapshot Power, Agility (92)
Jeff CarterCenterLos Angeles KingsSlapshot Power (92), Acceleration, Speed (90)
Henrik ZetterbergCenterDetroit Red WingsDiscipline, Poise (90)
Max PaciorettyLeft WingMontreal CanadiensHand-eye, Slapshot Power, Wristshot Accuracy, Wristshot Power (90)
Zdeno CharaDefenseBoston Bruins

Stength, Balance (94), Slapshot Power (93)

Blake WheelerRight WingWinnipeg JetsSlapshot Power (91), Offensive Awareness, Wristshot Power, Strength, Passing, Puck Control, Balance (90)
Ryan JohansenCenterNashville PredatorsOffensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control (91)
John CarlsonDefenseWashington CapitalsSlapshot Power, Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Shot Blocking (90)


Rated 90 NHL 17 skaters (rank 38-27)

Player namePositionTeamTop Attributes
Joe ThorntonCenterSan Jose SharksPassing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Strength, Balance (92)
Mark GiordanoDefenseCalgary FlamesDefensive Awareness, Stick Checking (90)
Patrice BergeronCenterBoston BruinsFaceoffs (95), Stick Checking (93), Defensive Awareness (92)
Roman JosiDefenseNashville PredatorsPassing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Defensive Awareness, Slapshot Power (90)
Alex PietrangeloDefenseSt. Louis BluesPassing, Puck Control, Slapshot Power, Offensive Awareness, Defensive Awareness (90)
Kevin ShattenkirkDefenseSt. Louis BluesPassing, Puck Control, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Stick Checking, Defensive Awareness, Offensive Awareness (90)
Ryan McDonaghDefenseNew York RangersShot Blocking, Stick Checking, Endurance (90)
Brent SeabrookDefenseChicago BlackhawksPoise, Defensive Awareness, Strength, Balance, Endurance, Stick Checking (90)
Johnny GaudreauLeft WingCalgary FlamesDekeing, Discipline (95), Agility (94)
Kris LetangDefensePittsburgh PenguinsOffensive Awareness, Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking, Poise, Puck Control, Passing, Slapshot Power (90)
Taylor HallLeft WingNew Jersey DevilsSpeed (95), Acceleration (93), Agility, Slapshot power (92)
Jakub VoracekRight WingPhiladelphia FlyersOffensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control, Wristshot Power (91)


Rated 91 NHL 17 skaters (rank 26-19)

Player namePositionTeamTop Attributes
Corey PerryRight WingAnaheim DucksHand-eye, Slapshot Power, Wristshot Accuracy (93)
Nicklas BackstromCenterWahsington CapitalsOffensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control (94)
Marc-Edouard VlasicDefenseSan Jose SharksStick Checking, Defensive Awareness (93), Shot Blocking (90)
Dustin ByfuglienDefenseWinnipeg JetsStrength, Balance (95), Slapshot Power (93)
P.K. SubbanDefenseMontreal CanadiensOffensive Awareness, Slapshot Power, Passing, Puck Control (92)
Claude GirouxCenterPhiladelphia FlyersPassing, Puck Control (94), Dekeing, Offensive Awareness, Hand-eye (93)
Ryan GetzlafCenterAnaheim DucksOffensive Awareness, Hand-eye, Passing (92)
Joe PavelskiRight WingSan Jose SharksAll Puck Skills, Wristshot Accuracy (92)


Rated 92 NHL 17 skater (rank 18-14)

Player namePositionTeamTop Attributes
Brent BurnsDefenseSan Jose SharksBalance, Slapshot Power, Strength (92)
Erik KarlssonDefenseOttawa SenatorsPassing, Offensive Awareness, Poise (95)
Victor HedmanDefenseTampa Bay LightningStrength, Balance (93)
Tyler SeguinCenterDallas StarsAll Puck Skills (94), Wristshot Power (93)


Rated 93 NHL 17 skaters (rank 13-9)

Player NamePositionTeamTop Attributes
Vladimir TarasenkoRight WingSt. Louis BluesDekeing (94), Offensive Awareness, Hand-eye, Passing, Puck Control (93)
Anze KopitarCenterLos Angeles KingsOffensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control, Slapshot Power (92)
Ryan SuterDefenseMinnesota WildDefensive Awareness (93), Stick Checking (92), Offensive Awareness (91)
John TavaresCenterNew York IslandersAll Puck Skills, Offensive Awarenessm Wristshot Accuracy (94)
Evgeni MalkinCenterPittsburgh PenguinsAll Puck Skills, Offensive Awareness (94)
Duncan KeithDefenseChicago BlackhawksDefensive Awareness, Offensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control, Dekeing (93)


Rated 94 NHL 17 skaters (rank 8-2)

Player namePositionTeamTop Attributes
Alex OvechkinLeft WingWashington CapitalsHand-eye (95), All Shooting – bar Wristshot Power (94)
Jamie BennLeft WingDallas StarsOffensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control, Wristshot Accuracy (93)
Jonathan ToewsCenterChicago BlackhawksPoise (95), Defensive Awareness (94), Dekeing, Puck Control (93)
Steven StamkosCenterTampa Bay LightningPuck Skills, Offensive Awareness, Wristshot Accuracy (94)
Shea WeberDefenseNashville PredatorsSlapshot Power (95), Stick Checking, Strength, Shot Blocking (93)
Drew DoughtyDefenseLos Angeles KingsPassing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Defensive Awareness (93)
Patrick KaneRight WingChicago BlackhawksOffensive Awareness (98), All Puck Skills (96)


Rated 95 NHL 17 skater (rank 1)

Player namePositionTeamTop Attributes
Sidney CrosbyCenterPittsburgh PenguinsOffensive 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 nameOverallTeamTop Attributes
Carey Price93Montreal CanadiensEndurance (95), Angles, Vision, Rebound Control (93)
Jonathan Quick93Los Angeles KingsEndurance (95), Aggressiveness (94)
Henrik Lundqvist92New York RangersEndurance (95), Angles, Vision, Rebound Control (93)
Braden Holtby92Washington CapitalsAngles, Rebound Control, Recovery, Agility, Vision (92)
Cory Schneider91New Jersey DevilsAngles, Vision (92), Rebound Control, Stick Low (91)
Pekka Rinne91Nashville PredatorsAngles, Rebound Control, Recovery, Vision (91)
Marc-Andre Fleury91Pittsburgh PenguinsVision, Breakaways (91)
Corey Crawford90Chicago BlackhawksRebound Control, Vision (92), Angles, Recovery (91)
Ben Bishop89Tampa Bay LightningAngles, Breakaways, Rebound Control, Recovery Aggression, Vision (90)
Tuukka Rask89Boston BruinsAngles, Poise, Recovery, Agility, Speed, Vision, Endurance (90)
Sergei Bobrovsky89Columbus Blue JacketsAgility, 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 nameTeamSkating Attributes
Erik KarlssonOttawa SenatorsAcceleration (94), Agility (94), Balance (84), Endurance (90), Speed (93)
Patrick KaneChicago BlackhawksAcceleration (95), Agility (95), Balance (82), Endurance (88), Speed (91)
Vladimir TarasenkoSt. Louis BluesAcceleration (92), Agility (92), Balance (87), Endurance (85), Speed (92)
Alex OvechkinWashington CapitalsAcceleration (89), Agility (89), Balance (94), Endurance (87), Speed (90)
Matt DucheneColorado AvalancheAcceleration (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 nameOverallPositionTeamPhysical Attributes
Milan Lucic88Left WingEdmonton OilersFighting (90), Strength (94), Body Checking (95), Aggrssiveness (93)
Ryan Reeves80Right WingSt. Louis BluesFighting (88), Strength (93), Body Checking (93), Aggrssiveness (93)
Dustin Byfuglien91DefenseWinnipeg JetsFighting (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. 


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

NHL 17: Top players in every position

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