Top Ten Players In The NHL Today
Instead of debating whether one specific player is better than an other in any specific category, lets compare them in every category to find out who are the 10 best players in the NHL today.
10. Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings, Defenseman
Maybe the best defenseman in this era of hockey. Has 1300 + games under his belt, 6 Norris trophies and 4 Stanley Cups… need we say more?
9. Mike Green, Washington Capitals, Defenseman
Sure he might not be as proven as, say, Nik Lidstrom, yet, but we cannot deny the numbers he’s put up this season (58 pts in 55 games). Not to mention setting a new NHL record (for a defenseman) by scoring in 8 consecutive games. He’s surely a nominee if not a favorite to win the Norris this year.
8. Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Thrashers, Left Wing
Always in the top scorers list by season’s end, Kovalchuk has speed, hands and an eye for the back of the net. Some might say a lack of talent on his team’s roster hinders his performance but the sniper seems to do pretty well in his own right.
7. Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks, Center
His size and strength are always a factor. There might not be a better puck controlling forward in the NHL especially along the boards, this and his playmaking ability make him an absolute offensive weapon.
6. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks, Center
He plays with an edge, to say the least. This feisty Duck had a slow start to the season before climbing the point getters sheet to the top 12. He posses good all around skill and at 6’3” he is no pushover.
5. Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings, Center
Having a great season, he sits tied for 4th in league scoring, and having already been named the best defensive forward in the game (2008 Frank J. Selke trophy winner) he is also great two way player. He was great puck handling skill and is an underrated playmaker. His plus/minus will tell us just how good and how valuable he is.
4. Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames, Right Wing
The do-it-all guy for the Flames. He scores, sets up plays, takes big hits, makes even bigger ones, fights and plays a solid defensive game. He wears the “C” proudly on his chest and leads his team with heart and determination every night. Always among the league leaders in scoring and this year is no different even though some would say he had a slumpy year.
3. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, Center
He leads the league in scoring with 95 points on a team on the bubble of the playoff cutoff. This big Russian can put the puck in the net with crazy dangles but can pass it off even better. He is also plus 19 this year, showing is isn’t really a defensive liability. He is becoming a more complete player as his career rolls on.
2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, Center
Third in league scoring, Sid the Kid is always among the top few. His vision is absolutely incredible, if you watch a game you will see that even his teammates cant believe the passes he can make, and it usually surprises them s much that they cant capitalize on all the opportunities. Crosby has had a few nagging injuries this season, but when he plays you can bet he makes a difference on the ice. He carries the face of the game on his shoulders and shows incredible amounts of tenacity that way.
1. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, Left Wing
Probably the purest scorer in the league, Alex is leading in goal scoring again this year after last years 65 goal campaign. This man has scored some of the most exciting and unbelievable goals you’ll ever see. He has a wicked shot, blazing speed with the puck, great hands and a knack for just putting that little black piece of rubber through the pipes behind any goalie. He always makes you say, “what will he be able to do next”. I’m not sure if anybody loves hockey more than this young superstar.
There are a lot of players that could have been on this list, but in my opinion the 10 best as of right now are there. Honorable mention goes to : Zack Parise, Mike Richards, Marc Savard, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash.