Ranking every player in the Stanley Cup Final


Forty-nine players have appeared in a playoff game for the Washington Capitals or the Vegas Golden Knights en route to the Stanley Cup Final. Some of them have contributed mightily. Some of them have had their moments. One of them is from Australia.
Here's a ranking of every player who has seen action for the NHL's final two teams (and one who may make an appearance in the Final).
We weighed regular-season and postseason accomplishments in devising these rankings, both in terms of stats and other areas of impact on their teams.
After a 49-goal season, Ovechkin has been the most impactful forward in the playoffs, with 12 goals and 10 assists, having had a hand in game-winning moments in each round. "Beast Mode" would be an understatement.
He's the clubhouse leader for the Conn Smythe after flexing ridiculous stats throughout the playoffs, including a .947 save percentage and 1.68 goals-against average. This is a seasoned goaltender playing at the top of his game.
Forever the young Russian Robin to Ovechkin's Batman, Kuznetsov followed his 83-point season with a playoffs-best 24 points.
He was a 30-goal scorer with the Florida Panthers last season and seemed to raise his game to a new level on the Knights' top line. Despite his goal total dipping to 27, he nearly doubled his assists from 21 to 48 in the regular season.