Data from last season clearly show this. Martin Fehérváry is the fastest defenseman in the NHL. He even surpassed Edmonton Oilers head captain Connor McDavid in top speed and bat speed. Fehérváry clocked 24.2 mph on both indicators, while McDavid hit 24.1 mph.

“It’s good to be that fast,” Fehérváry told Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek.

“I’ve always had that good, explosive power. I’ve always been very fast,” he added with a laugh.

The Slovakian defender added that he devotes most of his summer training to improving his step strength. He was skeptical that he would be able to beat McDavid with the puck. “I don’t think I can match him with the puck. I guess I was lucky.”

He will push the star forward when he plays against Edmonton. “Yes, I will slander him. You know who’s faster than you?”

Marek also asked Fehérváry who he thought was the fastest running back. Fehérváry selected Colorado defender Cale Makar.

“His skating and edge work on the blue line is unreal. I really like his style of play. I think he’s really, really, really fast.”

Could Fehérváry keep up with him? “Yeah, I think so. I don’t know. Let’s hope so.”