NHL 22 TOTY REVEALED: Two Lightning players to feature in best of 2021

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NHL 22 has had the honor of kicking off TOTY season, with FIFA 22 and Madden 22 set to follow suit in the coming weeks.

Unlike their soccer and football counterparts - just six players feature in the NHL 22 TOTY - recognising the best on the ice over the last 12 months.

Each TOTY winner will receive a special dynamic HUT item that matches their highest rating all year that will only be available in HUT packs or by completing sets from December 31 - January 7*, following the release of the final TOTY.

Andrei Vasilevskiy

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MVP - The Russian shone in the playoffs last season
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MVP - The Russian shone in the playoffs last season

As the backstopper for the back to back champion Tampa Bay Lightning, Vasilevskiy won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the 2021 Playoffs.

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This year the goalie is still amongst the top of the league for wins and save percentage.

Victor Hedman

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SCORING FROM DEEP - The Swede netted 10 goals in postseason

The Swedish alternate captain for the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning, Hedman is widely considered to be one of the best players in his position in the NHL, while also scoring the most goals in the 2020-2021 Playoffs for a defenceman.

Adam Fox

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LET'S GO RANGERS - At just 23, Fox has an incredible season ahead of him

Fox of the New York Rangers won the 2020-2021 Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenceman joining Bobby Orr as the only two players in NHL history to win the award before their third NHL season.

Mikko Rantanen

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FLYING FIN - Rantanen is Avalanche's top scorer so far this season

Finnish forward and alternate captain for the Colorado Avalanche, Rantanen continues his young NHL career at a stellar pace.

His campaign this year showed his trustworthy efficiency averaging more than a point per game (6th overall in 2020-2021), currently leading the skilled Avalanche team as their top goalscorer so far this season.

Connor McDavid

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GOAT LEVELS - Only Wayne Gretsky can match McDavid for Hart Trophy wins
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GOAT LEVELS - Only Wayne Gretsky can match McDavid for Hart Trophy wins

Canadian centre and captain of the Edmonton Oilers, McDavid is regarded as the best player in the NHL by fans and his peers and is one of only two unanimous Hart Trophy (MVP) winners in league history joining Wayne Gretsky.

McDavid also led the league in points last season winning the Art Ross Trophy, as well as the Ted Lindsay Award, is given to the league’s most outstanding player judged by members of the NHL Players’ Association.

Brad Marchand

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TWO-TIME - Marchand is now a regular All-Star

Canadian left winger and alternate captain for the Boston Bruins, Marchand was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team for the 2021 season, marking the second time Marchand’s been selected as the league’s top left-wing.

Marchand led the Bruins in goals, assists, and points in his 2021 season, and his 69 points trailed only Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl for the most in the NHL