When it comes to the game of hockey, there are a handful of players who are a head above the rest as far as talent. Able to seemingly influence the outcome of a game at will, these skaters have a bag of tricks so deep, there may not actually be a limit to what they can do.
Whether it is deking a defender out of his socks with a nifty dangle, connecting with a puck in midair to score a goal, winning every faceoff ever taken, shutting down the best in the league or essentially disappearing out on the ice while still producing, these guys are the game changers on which their clubs rely.
They are sly, wily, tricky and yet also reliable. Players like these add flashes of brilliance to the sport, making highlight reels while bringing an infusion of excitement to the game. Some also go about their work silently and consistently, happy to get a win while giving their all to accomplish it without the flair of an action-worthy ESPN’s Top 10.
Masters of art, the top of their trade, the following 10 players are craftiest in the NHL today.