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Nikita Zadorov takes a shot at Connor McDavid in interview

Published March 13, 2024 at 2:33 PM

It's no longer a debate that Connor McDavid is the best player in the NHL. Some great players like Auston Matthews and Nathan MacKinnon are also dominating the league right now, but consistently, McDavid has proven to be the most game-breaking talent in the league. Today in an interview, Canucks defenceman Nikita Zadorov decided to go against fact and declare MacKinnon the best player in the league.

Zadorov has had his fair share of matchups against MacKinnon in his career, but McDavid has been a far greater rival from his time in the Battle of Alberta. There's probably no chance that he would recognize one of his rivals as the best player in the world, and instead had to side with MacKinnon. Zadorov was also a teammate in Colorado before being dealt to the Flames.

Mackinnon is having an MVP caliber season this year with an incredible 41 goals and 113 points in 66 games, but that doesn't make him the best player in the world. Zadorov's reasoning was that MacKinnon has proven himself to be a winner with the Avlanche Stanley Cup victory two years ago. On the other hand, in what's felt like a down year offensively for McDavid, he's on pace to become just the fourth player in NHL history to score 100 assists in a year.

MacKinnon has the edge in playoff success so far in his career, but Connor McDavid will undoubtedly win a Stanley Cup in his career - he's simply too good not to. It could come as early as this year, and if the Oilers do win the Cup, McDavid will unquestionably be the best player in the league with that hardware.
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Nikita Zadorov takes a shot at Connor McDavid in interview

Who's the best player in the league?

Connor McDavid67272.7 %
Nathan MacKinnon16017.3 %
Auston Matthews505.4 %
Other424.5 %
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