Player Poll – Love-Hate with Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins

NHL players hate facing Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand, but they’d love him as a teammate, according to a new NHL Players’ Association poll.

The NHLPA released its annual player survey on Wednesday, an anonymous survey of 566 players from 32 teams. One of the questions asked: “Which player do you least enjoy playing, but would like to have in your team?” Marchand won with 26.4% of the vote, followed by Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid (18.3%) and Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson (10.7%).

McDavid won the poll for the skater most players would want on their team if they needed a win, with 42.4 percent of the vote. Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins was second with 17.3%. But Crosby won one of the most coveted votes in the annual “most complete player” poll, garnering 29.5% of the vote. Crosby was also named the NHL’s Top Role Model (42.7%).

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks won the award for best stickhandler in a landslide, with 57.3% of the vote. Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (17.7%) just edged Kane (15.6%) and Nicklas Backstrom of the Capitals (15.4%) for the top passer. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin was named the skater players would most like to be able to throw the puck, with 53.1% of the vote; Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, who scored 60 goals for the first time this season, was second with 24.0%.

Andrei Vasilevskiy, who led the Tampa Bay Lightning to two consecutive Stanley Cups, was named the goalie the players would want to start in a must-play game with 37.4% of the vote, edging out Montreal Canadiens Carey Price (13.9 %).

In other categories, Dallas Stars center and avid golfer Joe Pavelski was named the player most likely to excel in another sport; Cody Eakin of the Buffalo Sabers was voted as having the best hair in hockey; and New Jersey Devils defenseman PK Subban was voted top social media.

In the superlative categories, the Bell Center in Montreal was voted as having the best ice (39.6%), Las Vegas was the city where players most wanted to spend a day off (30.6%) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has been named the non-hockey athlete players would most like to trade for a day with.

The NHLPA also named Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin (43.2%) the best women’s hockey player in the world, ahead of Team USA star and ESPN analyst Hilary Knight (20.7%).

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