Twitter Is Ready to Drop the Puck on the 2017-18 NHL Season

The Chicago Blackhawks are the team with the most followers, while Alex Ovechkin leads players

The 2017-18 NHL season starts Oct. 4
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The puck drops on the 2017-18 National Hockey League season Oct. 4, and Twitter is ready to go.

Twitter Canada head of sports Christopher Doyle shared the social network’s season preview in a blog post.

Going into the new season, the five NHL clubs with the most followers are:

  1. Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks)
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs)
  3. Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins)
  4. Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL)
  5. Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers)

The five most-followed active NHL players are:

  1. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (@ovi8)
  2. Evgeni Malkin, Penguins (@malkin71_)
  3. P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators (@PKSubban1)
  4. Patrick Kane, Blackhawks (@88PKane)
  5. Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers (@strombone1)

Player movement is a part of every offseason, and the five players who switched teams and sparked the most Twitter mentions were:

  1. Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights
  2. Patrick Marleau, Maple Leafs
  3. Jonathan Drouin, Canadiens
  4. Kevin Shattenkirk, New York Rangers
  5. James Neal, Golden Knights

And the five selections in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft with the most followers are:

  1. Nico Hischier, New Jersey Devils (@nicohischier)
  2. Nolan Patrick, Flyers (@nolan_patrick19)
  3. Casey Mittelstadt, Buffalo Sabres (@CMittelstadt)
  4. Lias Andersson, Rangers (@liasandersson)
  5. Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks (@_EPettersson)