NHL Player Trashes Ekholm after being ranked above Alberta Rival

Published October 24, 2023 at 7:54 PM

Every year, The Athletic reveal their player rankings both positionally and overall, and mostly, it's done in controversial fashion to draw attention, and that's now exactly what has happened.

Ekholm over Andersson


During their September ranking of defenseman in the NHL, The Athletic ranked Edmonton's Mattias Ekholm over Flames rival Rasmus Andersson, and it's safe to say that most people around the league would highly disagree with that take.

Now, an anonymous NHL player has reacted to that exact article, and if you side with Andersson>Ekholm, you'll certainly love what they had to say about the situation.

An explosive take

A handful of NHL players were polled about several topics regarding The Athletic, and this player had this to say about the situation.

Ekholm before (Rasmus Andersson)? Fk Ekholm,» the anonymous player said.

«He's in All-Star tier? Oh my god Can I get out of here? He's not good. He's not that good. He shouldn't even be on this list in any tier. He's good defensively. But come on, All-Star tier?

While Ekholm hasn't been bad with the Oilers, it's clear that Andersson is regarded by most as a slightly better player, and although he'll miss the Heritage Classic due to suspension, he has shown even in the Battle of Alberta that he can be a much better player.

As Read on Oilers Nation - Oilers notebook: Fk Ekholm,' says anonymous NHL player of The Athletic ranking Mattias Ekholm over Flames' Rasmus Andersson
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NHL Player Trashes Ekholm after being ranked above Alberta Rival

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