It is no question that the NHL’s style of play is transitioning into a fast and exciting game for all to enjoy. Gone is the “clutch and grab” era, along with other rules that were in place that slowed the game down. Even the enforcer-type player is slowly being phased out because a player can no longer be one-dimensional.
If a player is going to be heavy to play against, they still have to be able to skate and contribute to the entire game, a la Tom Wilson or Ryan Reaves. This shift in style of play brings skill to the forefront, and the young guns of the league have plenty of it. Specifically, defensemen Miro Heiskanen, Quinn Hughes, and Cale Makar still find themselves in the running for Lord Stanley’s fabled Cup with their respective teams.