Goalie Poll Ranks the Best One-Timers in the NHL

Published May 4, 2023 at 6:55 PM

The one-timer is the most dangerous shot in hockey, and when they're the best at it, it's nearly a guarantee to be a goal - Just look at what Alex Ovechkin has done for a living.

Who's Got the Best Though?

Former goalie Mike McKenna (now with Daily Faceoff) conducted a poll where he asked current NHL goaltenders - with a combined over 2,400 games played - to rank their top one-timers in the league.

Obviously, the Bruins' most lethal threat is to score is David Pastrnak, and to no-one's surprise, the 26-year-old appeared first on the list. Pasta finished the 2022-23 season with career-highs across the board, with 61 goals and 52 assists while appearing in all 82 games.

McKenna on Pastrnak's one-timer:

''Pastrnak made every ballot but one. Which shouldn't be surprising considering since the start of the 2019-20 season, ‘Pasta' has scored the fifth-most goals (127) in the NHL.''

''Remember what I said about accuracy earlier? To me, that's Pastrnak. The Bruins forward consistently picks corners. A precision that he's developed from hours of repetition before and after practice.''

''I also think Pastrnak is one of the best at adjusting for the pass. For some players, the puck needs to be directly in their wheelhouse in order to bomb it. That's not Pastrnak. He can rip a shot even when the pass is in his feet or behind him.''

Rounding out the rest of the top five was Alexander Ovechkin (duh), Steven Stamkos, Patrik Laine and youngster Tage Thompson. Honourable mentions included Leon Draisaitl, Nikita Kucherov and Kirill Kaprizov.

As read on Daily Faceoff - As voted by NHL goalies: Top five one-timers in the league today
May 4   |   129 answers
Goalie Poll Ranks the Best One-Timers in the NHL

Who has the best one timer in the NHL?

Ovechkin3426.4 %
Pastrnak8666.7 %
Draisaitl97 %
Thompson00 %
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