Ice Hockey: The top 50 best ice hockey players of the 2022-23 season


ice HockeyThe top 50 best ice hockey players of the 2022-23 season

For the second season, Le Matin has ranked the best players and goalkeepers in the country. This Thursday, we’re revealing the hockey players in places 11 through 20.

From Monday to Friday, “Le Matin” unveils its top 50 best players and goalkeepers in the National League.

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Who are the best ice hockey players in the country? This necessarily subjective question is not easy to answer. However, as before the start of the previous season, “Le Matin” tried to make an initial list and then refine it, after asking the opinions of several personalities of Swiss ice hockey: managers, players, coaches, past successes, etc.

Overall, a consensus quickly emerged, particularly regarding the top 15-20 best hockey players (players and goaltenders) in the country. The exact order then depends on taste and colors.

Today we bring you the penultimate part of our Top 50: Here are the best hockey players in the country, ranked 11-20!

Unlike the 2021 edition of our Top 50, the new foreign players Players signed by the 14 National League clubs for the 2022/23 season have been included in our ranking. However, the past performances of these players in other European or North American leagues, in roles sometimes different from those awaiting them in Switzerland, are difficult to place in the context of the National League championship. Players who have already proven themselves in Switzerland benefit in part from a small seniority bonus.

Note that this ranking was not created based on advanced statistics, but rather considering the likely influence of players and goalkeepers on their respective teams as well as their consistency of performance.

Several experts – coaches, sporting directors, players and ex-players, etc. – were brought in for a final opinion.

20 Alexandre Texier (ZSC Lions)

Alexandre Texier.
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If he is in full possession of his physical potential and manages to overcome the personal issues that caused him to leave the NHL, the 22-year-old Frenchman will be one of the attractions of the National League championship. He signed with Zurich for one season. However, his ZSC adventure got off to a bad start: injured in the first game on Wednesday in Rapperswil, he will be out for several weeks, the Zurich team said.

New in the national league.

19 Andreas Ambühl (Davos)

Andreas Ambuehl.
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39-year-old Grison is a living legend of Swiss and international ice hockey. The HCD veteran with six national titles is brimming with enthusiasm. 39 points in 60 games last season, including playoffs.

Ranking 2021-2022: 7th place.

18 Niklas Hansson (Train)

Nicholas Hansen.
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The 27-year-old Swede immediately established himself as one of the best full-backs on the race track last season, his first at EVZ. 42 points in 48 regular season games.

Ranking 2021-2022: without ranking.

17 Miro Aaltonen (Kloten)

Miro Aaltonen.
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The neo-promoted striker hit very hard by enlisting the services of the 29-year-old Finnish forward, Olympic champion last February in Beijing. 42 points in 44 games with Vityaz Podolsk in the KHL in the 2021-22 fiscal year.

New in the national league.

16 Enzo Corvi (Davos)

Enzo Corvi.
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The virtuoso of HC Davos, probably the most technically talented Swiss player in the National League, is not getting out of his best career. He had just 32 points in 45 games last season, down from 52 in 44 games in 2020-21.

Ranking 2021-2022: 9th place.

15 Sami Vatanen (GE Servette)

Sam Vatanen.
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The former NHL back (524 games) is worth a point a game in the National League (39 sessions in 38 league games in his freshman year with the Eagles). At 31, he is also a world and Olympic champion.

Ranking 2021-2022: without ranking.

14 Jiri Sekac (Lausanne HC)

Jiri Sekac.
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The 30-year-old Czech has the potential to become the league’s most dominant striker. After a complicated first part of the season, he exploded in the second part of the year, his first with the LHC. 52 units in 58 games, including playoffs, in 2021-22. Firmly.

Ranking 2021-2022: without ranking.

13 Valtteri Filppula (GE Servette)

Valtteri Filpula.
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The 38-year-old Finn with more than 1,000 NHL fights is a godsend for GE Servette. His leadership and experience (Olympic and world champions, Stanley Cup winners with Detroit) represent a significant asset for GSHC as they seek the title this season.

Ranking 2021-2022: without ranking.

12 Mark Arcobello (Lugano)

Markus Arcobello.
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After leading CP Bern to the last two national titles (2017 and 2019), the American forward has been trying to lead HC Lugano to the top since arriving in Ticino in 2020. Sixth point in the National League last season (51 points in 52 games). ), the Bianconeri captain is consistently worth his point per game.

Ranking 2021-2022: 5th place.

11 Dominik Kahun (Berne)

Dominik Kahun.
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The 27-year-old German forward picked up 44 points in 42 appearances in his first season in Switzerland, all in a struggling Bern side. He will be much better surrounded in the capital this season.

Ranking 2021-2022: without ranking.

Friday: Top 50, ranks 1-10.

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