What you need to know about NHL players who signed for the 2018-19 season
Posted On July 18, 2021
I’m excited to announce that today we are announcing the next big thing for our 2018-2019 season, the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Starting Monday, we will be bringing you an exclusive look at the players who will make up the next crop of the Stanley Cup champion.
To help you get ready for the 2017-18 season, we have put together a comprehensive look at some of the best players in the NHL today.
Here are some of our favorite players in our 2018 Stanley, including our Top 50 players, our Top 30 players, and our Top 20 players.
You’ll also find a breakdown of the top players by position and the best young players of all-time.
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals: It’s a great day for Ovechiks NHL career as he joins the Capitals in 2018.
He’ll be joined by linemates Alex Ovi and Connor Carrick and a host of other talented players, including Mikhail Grabovski, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Jake Muzzin, and Ryan Johansen.
Ovek and Ovi are also both expected to miss the start of the season due to injuries, but that could change in the offseason.
Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils: It was only a matter of time before Jagr signed with the Devils.
With his strong start to his career, Jagr will make his debut as a regular this season.
He will join a talented lineup that already includes Nicklas Backstrom, Elias Lindholm, Alex Steen, and Matt Martin.
David Backes, Carolina Hurricanes: Backes will start the season as the team’s starting goaltender, but could also move to a backup role with the emergence of Connor Hellebuyck.
He joins a talented group that includes Henrik Lundqvist, Cam Ward, Jaroslav Halak, Cam Fowler, and Thomas Greiss.
Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins: The captain and captain’s son are joining the Bruins this season, as Marchand joins a group that features Tuukka Rask, Tuukkel Ekholm, and Zdeno Chara.
Marchand also joined the team in 2018, so the fact that he’s already here is a huge bonus.
Kevin Hayes, St. Louis Blues: Hayes was the second-leading scorer in the Western Conference in 2017-2018, and he will continue to do so in 2018- 2019.
He’s expected to be the Blues’ starting goaltender for the first time since the start to the season, so it will be interesting to see how he does.
Tyler Bozak, Colorado Avalanche: It will be difficult for Bozaks NHL career to go unrecognized.
After a career year in 2018 that saw him finish third in voting for the Norris Trophy, he is set to make his NHL debut in 2019.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Los Angeles Kings: The Kings were the hottest team in the League last season, but they are going to be a lot tougher this season with Nugent and Trevor Lewis as their top two goalies.
Jiri Hudler, Winnipeg Jets: Hudler was a star on the blue line for the Jets last season as they finished fourth in scoring.
He and Dustin Byfuglien will play a major role for the Winnipeg defense in 2018 as they will be paired with a solid group of forwards including Connor Helped, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Zach Bogosian.
Tyler Myers, Edmonton Oilers: Myers will be the new captain of the Oilers for 2018- 19, and is expected to lead the team into the playoffs.
The former second-round pick will be joined in the lineup by a talented trio of forwards, including Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Jordan Eberle.
Tyler Toffoli, Buffalo Sabres: Toffolis NHL career will likely be overshadowed by the arrival of veteran center Justin Schultz.
The 21-year-old will have a big role to play for the Sabres in 2018 with the likes of Ryan O’Reilly, Jack Eichel, and Sam Reinhart.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Washington Wizards: Liders career was a bit of a wild ride, but it looks like the young winger will be making his NHL debuts this season after being the second overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
He has a lot of talent, but will also have to prove that he can play in the playoffs, and this will be a huge test for him.
Jordan Eicher, Buffalo Bills: Eichers first NHL season will be an important one.
He is expected, along with fellow Buffalo natives Rasmus Andersson and Taylor Hall, to make an impact on the Buffalo Sabres defense in a big way.
Connor McDaniel, St Louis Blues.
McDaniel will be joining the Blues as a top-four defenseman this season