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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.