The official NHL 23 Men's Team of the Year has now been revealed!
48 players were on the shortlist, but they have now been narrowed down to just six stars.
The winners upgraded items can be added to your Hockey Ultimate Team roster, so let's take a look at the TOTY 23 winners.
NHL 23 HUT Team of the Year
As always, one player has been selected for each position to make up the six HUT 23 Team of the Year side.
There are a couple of inclusions for Stanley Cup winners Colorado Avalanche, as well as for the fastest man on ice...
The list of winners is as follows:
- Connor McDavid
- Nathan Mackinnon
- Auston Matthews
- Cale Makar
- Roman Josi
- Igor Shesterkin
Let's check out what EA has to say about the achievements of each player over the last calendar year below.
As goaltender for the New York Rangers, Shesterkin had a masterful 2022 with 79 saves in his NHL playoff debut, setting the all-time team record for saves in a playoff game with the second most saves in a playoff game league-wide.
Shesterkin also was named First Team All-Star after the end of the playoffs.
The goalie’s .935 save percentage for the 2021-2022 season was also the third-highest in league history among goalies to play at least 50 games in a season.
Widely regarded as one of the best defencemen and players in the NHL, Makar won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2022 and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the 2022 playoffs.
For his incredible 2021-2022 season, Makar also won the Norris Trophy as the league’s best all around defenceman.
Last year, Makar also earned his 200th career point in 195 games, the fastest pace of any NHL defencemen to that milestone.
Last year, defenceman Josi had an exceptional total of 96 points for the Nashville Predators to become the franchise’s single season points leader breaking Paul Kariya’s previous record of 85 in 2005-06.
Josi’s 96 points also made him the first defenceman to score 90 points in a single season since Ray Bourque in 1993-94.
Josi finished second for the Norris Trophy despite having the most first place votes.
Regarded by many as the fastest player in the league, center McDavid led his Edmonton Oilers all the way to the Western Conference Finals in 2022, leading all playoff players with 10 goals and 23 assists.
McDavid also became the first player since Peter Forsberg in 2002 to be first in scoring without playing in the final round.
In McDavid’s 2022-23 season opener game, he increased his total career points to 700, making him the sixth-fastest player ever to reach the milestone, and the fastest player since the 1980s.
McDavid finished second for the 2021-2022 Hart Trophy.
Historically an exceptional performer in the postseason, MacKinnon was also part of the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche in 2022, leading all skaters with 13 goals in the 2022 playoffs.
After signing a huge contract extension that would be the highest in league history for average annual value, center MacKinnon continues to perform at a stunning pace while overcoming injuries simultaneously.
For the 2021-22 season, Matthews set records for most goals scored in a single season by both an American-born player and a Maple Leaf, eventually winning the Rocket Richard Trophy for a second consecutive season, Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player as voted by his peers and the Hart Trophy for Most Valuable Player.
Matthews’ outstanding run as a Maple Leaf has become more than noteworthy recently, being the fastest Leafs player to register 500 career points.
The 25-year-old center has a lot left in the tank, evidenced by his league leading 60 goals last season, despite missing 9 games.
Women's TOTY Coming Soon
We've now seen the winners for the men, but there is another Team of the Year reveal coming soon.
For the first time in the NHL franchise, a Women's TOTY side will be coming in HUT.
The roster will be revealed on Friday, 13 January at 5pm EST / 10pm GMT.