NHL 19: Fastest Players

In every EA Sports game, speed dominates. In NHL 19, there’s a special emphasis on the fastest players.


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As is the case in Madden and FIFA, EA Sports’ NHL game puts a lot of emphasis on speed. With the fastest players, you can blaze past the opposition and find yourself in on goal. 

The two main elements of speed in NHL 19 are the attributes of speed and acceleration. So, by taking an average score between the two, this list shows you exactly who the fastest players in NHL 19 are, as well as giving a special nod to the fastest defenseman.

Connor McDavid (Speed Score: 96.5)

Age: 21
Nationality: Canadian
Position: Center
Height: 185cm
Weight: 87kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: Acceleration 97, Agility 97, Offensive Awareness 97

Connor McDavid has lit up the league with his blistering speed over the last few years. In NHL 19, he’s the highest rated player at 94 overall, which is bolstered by his 97s in acceleration, agility, and offensive awareness as well as his 96 in speed, puck control, and deking.

Taylor Hall (Speed Score: 94.5)

Age: 26
Nationality: Canadian
Position: Left Wing
Height: 185cm
Weight: 93kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: Speed 95, Acceleration 94, Puck Control 93

If the Edmonton Oilers had kept Taylor Hall, they could have had the ultimate speedster duo. Hall, rated 90 on NHL 19, has become the star of the emerging New Jersey Devils since the trade, with his speed and clinical shooting making him a highly rated player in the league. As well as speed, Hall boasts high ratings in shooting and puck skills (all above 90).

Andrew Cogliano (Speed Score: 94)

Age: 31
Nationality: Canadian
Position: Left Wing
Height: 178cm
Weight: 80kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: Discipline 95, Acceleration 94, Speed 94

For many years, Andrew Cogliano has been the go-to speedster for some cheap pace in the top nine. In NHL 19, the Anaheim Ducks wing has an overall rating of 81, potentially making him a deadly weapon in a bottom six role. With some fair puck skills and shooting attributes, he could be a deadly weapon when your star players aren’t on the ice.

Matt Duchene (Speed Score: 93.5)

Age: 27
Nationality: Canadian
Position: Center
Height: 180cm
Weight: 88kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: x3

Rated 85 overall and aged 27, Matt Duchene makes for one of the more reasonable speedster pickups for your top six. He’s also very useful in the duel with faceoffs and poise attributes at 85. 

Johnny Gaudreau (Speed Score: 93.5)

Age: 25
Nationality: American
Position: Left Wing
Height: 175cm
Weight: 71kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: Deking 95, Puck Control 95, Discipline 95

Johnny Gaudreau is a well-known speedster in the NHL, and yet his 93 speed and 94 acceleration aren’t even the Calgary wing’s best stats. His ability to control the puck at high speeds and tee up his slower teammates shows that he makes the most of his natural speed.

Nathan MacKinnon (Speed Score: 93) 

Age: 23
Nationality: Canadian
Position: Center
Height: 183cm
Weight: 93kg
Shoots: Right
Best Stats: Acceleration 93, Agility 93, Speed 93

Nathan MacKinnon has become the face of the Colorado Avalanche franchise and been rewarded a 90 overall rating in NHL 19 for his efforts. Not only is he a fast player, but he also knows how to throw his weight around. With his puck skills at 93 or 92 and his shooting attributes all above 90, the speedster can certainly work the puck as he blazes past defensemen. 

Steven Stamkos (Speed Score: 93)

Age: 28
Nationality: Canadian
Position: Center
Height: 185cm
Weight: 88kg
Shoots: Right
Best Stats: Slap Shot Power 94, Offensive Awareness 94, Deking 94

The Tampa Bay Lightning captain is famed for his scoring and playmaking ability – famed as one of the best of his generation – so some people forget how quick he is off of the mark. They’re not the 91 overall-rated center’s best attributes, but 93 acceleration and 93 speed are fearfully fast numbers.

Evgeny Kuznetsov (Speed Score: 93)

Age: 26
Nationality: Russian
Position: Center
Height: 188cm
Weight: 92kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: Deking 95, Passing 94, Puck Control 94

Rated at 89 overall in NHL 19, Evgeny Kuznetsov was pivotal to the Washington Capitals winning the Stanley Cup last season. Much like Steven Stamkos, Kuznetsov’s ability on the puck somewhat overshadows his speedy skating, for which he’s rated 93 in speed and acceleration. 

Dylan Larkin (Speed Score 93)

Age: 22
Nationality: American
Position: Center
Height: 185cm
Weight: 90kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: Speed 93, Acceleration 93, Deking 90

With an overall rating of 84 and medium top-six potential, Dylan Larkin makes for a fine player to target if you need some more speed up the middle. Speed is his strongest asset, as shown by him breaking the All-Star speed record in 2016, but he also boasts 88s and a 90 in puck skills and decent shooting attributes.

Nikita Kucherov (Speed Score: 92.5)

Age: 25
Nationality: Russian
Position: Right Wing
Height: 180cm
Weight: 81kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: Wrist Shot Accuracy 94, Passing 94, Offensive Awareness 94

In Nikita Kucherov, NHL 19 players get the complete package of goal scoring, playmaking, and speed. With 93 acceleration and 92 speed, he’s a very fast wing to have on the team. On top of this, he’s backed up by puck skill attributes that all hit 94 or 93 as well as shooting accuracies of 94 or 93. 

Erik Karlsson (Speed Score: 92)

Age: 28
Nationality: Swedish
Position: Defenseman
Height: 183cm
Weight: 87kg
Shoots: Right
Best Stats: Deking 95, Passing 95, Puck Control 95

NHL 19, like other EA Sports games, hates to give defenders speed, but Erik Karlsson simply couldn’t be denied a high speed score. With acceleration and speed attributes at 92, he’s much faster than any other defenseman on the game, even exceeding the stats of renowned forward speedsters like Cam Atkinson and Michael Grabner. 

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