The Boston Bruins have more than a few of the game’s most respected talents, the results of the latest NHLPA player poll for the 2021 season confirmed Thursday.
As you’d expect, that begins at the top for the Bruins, with Patrice Bergeron voted as the game’s most complete player. The 35-year-old Bergeron, who was named a Selke Trophy finalist for the 10th straight season, actually split the voting for first right down the middle with the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, as both players grabbed 23.78 percent (112 votes) of the player votes.
Bergeron also finished fourth behind Connor McDavid, Crosby, and Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon in a category that asked players who they would want on their team if they had to win just one game.
In addition to being regarded as one of the best two-way players in hockey, which certainly helped him in this vote, it’s worth noting that only two players (the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, each with 11) have scored more game-winning goals in the playoffs since Bergeron (nine) since the start of the 2009 postseason.
Like Bergeron, B’s winger David Pastrnak received love in multiple categories, as the Czech winger and 2019-20 Rocket Richard co-winner was voted as the third-best goal scorer behind the Leafs’ Auston Matthews and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin. Matthews garnered 46.27 percent of the vote and Ovechkin 33.82 percent, while Pastrnak’s 6.02 percent was almost two and a half percentage points higher the Oilers’ McDavid, who finished in fourth place.
Pastrnak was also voted as having the fifth-best shot in hockey, trailing Ovechkin, Matthews, Montreal defenseman Shea Weber, and the Blue Jackets’ Patrik Laine. Ovechkin dominated the voting in this category, with just under 49 percent of the total vote. Pastrnak, meanwhile, received just under two percent of the total vote, tying him with MacKinnon.
Pastrnak (somehow) also finished second in the vote’s most fashionable list behind Matthews.
And in net, Tuukka Rask is still regarded as one of the top goalies in the game, according to those who go up against him, as the 34-year-old Rask received the fifth-most votes in the NHLPA player poll for the top goaltender in the league.
As you’d expect, the Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy was the consensus No. 1 here, with over 54 percent of the vote. The Golden Knights’ Marc-Andre Fleury was second at 8.88 percent, Montreal’s Carey Price received 8.25 percent of the votes, and Connor Hellebuyck had just over five percent of the vote. Rask’s fifth-place finish came by way of 4.02 percent of the total votes.
Unfortunately for all, this year’s NHLPA survey did not include best and/or worst trash talker results, also known as The Brad Marchand Award(s).
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