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The Top 20 NHL Players

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In my opinion the top 20 NHL players in the game today. Based on many attributes including skill, talent around them, +/-, and position.

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  1. 1
    Sidney Crosby
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    Sidney Crosby, C, PIT- Simply put, Crosby is the best player in the game today. Although, he clearly has some concussion issues to take care of. If he can remain healthy, he should cement his position as the league's best.
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    Evgeni Malkin
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    Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT- After capturing the Hart Trophy, the Art Ross trophy, the Ted Lindsay award, and showing off his improved English, Malkin comes in at #2. Malkin is one of the craftiest players in the game, and his hands are unreal. He and Crosby form the league's best duo.
  3. 3
    Claude Giroux
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    Claude Giroux, C, PHI- At the ripe age of 24, Giroux has quickly established himself as a top 5 player in the NHL. Since his first season, his point totals have risen every year. From 27 to 47 to 76 and now 93. I project him to eclipse the 100 point mark next year.
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    Steven Stamkos
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    Steven Stamkos, C, TB- Stamkos has led the NHL in scoring 2 of the past 3 years. He is renowned as the best sniper today. Oh, and get this, he's only 22.
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    Jonathan Toews
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    Jonathan Toews, C, CHI- Not only is Toews a great leader, solid offensively and defensively, he is also a great face-off man. Toews finished 18th last year in face-off wins while missing 23 games. He won face-offs at a 59.4% clip.
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    Jonathan Quick
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    Jonathan Quick, G, LAK- Fresh off his Conn Smythe performance, Quick is now regarded by most as the leagues best goalie. Quick should win the Vezina Trophy next year as the top goaltender in the NHL.
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    Shea Weber
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    Shea Weber, D, NAS- Recently Weber was offered a whopping $110 million, 14-year offer sheet by the Philadelphia Flyers, which shows how valuable he really is. The offer sheet was matched by Nashville so he will remain a Predator. He has a wicked slap-shot, anchors the power play for the Preds, while hitting everyone in sight. Smart move to lock him up for a long duration.
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    Pavel Datsyuk
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    Pavel Datsyuk, C, DET- Datsyuk registers as the 8th best player on the list and the 6th best center? Wow. Shows how many great centers there are today. Anyways, Datsyuk is consistently good every year. The best two-way player in the game is getting up there in age (34) but still puts up solid numbers. 19-48-67 last year in just 70 games.
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    Daniel Sedin, LW, VAN- Sedin breaks the trend of centers and comes in as the first winger on this list. His point total dropped off by 37 although he missed 10 more games than the year before. Sedin played only 2 games in the playoffs because of his concussion and could not help the Canucks beat the eventual champions in the first round.
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    Henrik Sedin, C, VAN- And the twins go back to back. To be honest they could easily be flip-flopped, I gave Daniel a spot ahead just because of his superior goal scoring skills. Henrik has not missed a game since 2005-2006 and recorded 474 assists since then.
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    Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR- Fresh off his Vezina Trophy win, King Henrik should lead the Rangers to a top 3 seed in the east this season. He is the Ranger's MVP and should play a big role if they go far.
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    Alexander Ovechkin
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    Alexander Ovechkin, LW, WAS- Since 2007-2008 his point totals have dropped every year, in total 47 points. Could it be his reckless abandon playing style? His off the ice partying? No one knows but Ovi. A couple years he ago, he would have been atop this list or behind Crosby. He's still only 26 so has time to fix this downward trend. If he does not, the Caps are not going anywhere anytime soon.
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    Erik Karlsson, D, OTT- Far and away the best offensive defenseman in the league, Karlsson was only outscored by NINE players this year. He is underrated defensively too. People think he's all offense, he actually registered a +16 this year on an 8th seeded team.
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    Pekka Rinne
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    Pekka Rinne, G, NAS- One of the most underrated NHLers today, Rinne comes in as the 3rd net minder. Rinne was a finalist last year for the Vezina and needs to come up big again for Nashville with the loss of Ryan Suter.
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    Zdeno Chára
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    Zdeno Chara, D, BOS- Chara is not a fun player to play against if you are the opposing forward. Standing at 6 foot 9 inches, he is one of the most feared players today. Chara won the hardest shot competition in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012 where he set an all-time record of 108.8 MPH.
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    Zach Parise, LW, MIN- Parise recently signed a 13 year, $98 million contract with the Wild. He turned down more money to make room for Ryan Suter as well. Parise led the Devils to the Stanley Cup where they ran into a buzz saw known as the Los Angeles Kings. Parise should make the Wild one of the most improved clubs this coming season.
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    Corey Perry
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    Corey Perry, RW, ANH- Perry had just 60 points last year as him and the Ducks struggled for the most part to put pucks in the net. He should be back to around 75-95 this coming year. Like many West Coast players (Anze Kopitar, anyone?) Perry does not get the recognition he deserves.
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    James Neal, RW, PIT- Neal broke out last year recording 40 goals playing on a line with Mr. Evgeni Malkin. Just 24, this shouldn't be a fluke. Neal should hover around the 40 goal mark again. As long as he's playing with #71, he should be around there for years to come.
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    Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, NJD- Kovalchuk will always have the pressure of living up to his $100 million dollar contract, which will be tough. He will see funny signs like 'Koval$uck' everywhere he goes. But hey, I wouldn't mind seeing a couple of rude signs if I was making $100 million, right?
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    John Tavares
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    John Tavares, C, NYI- Tavares barely cracks this list and should remain on it for years to come. He is truly a special talent. He recorded 81 points last year playing on the lowly Islanders and with his chemistry with Matt Moulson that number should only go up.
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