Franchise Faceoff

If you had were starting an NHL franchise of your own, who is the one player you would select as your cornerstone?

Would it be a top-notch goal scorer or a two-way forward? Would you opt for pure skill or is leadership ability more important?

That's Hockey has selected 31 options for your consideration this summer. They are matched up in a head-to-head single elimination bracket style tournament and it's up to you to crown the champ.

On That's Hockey, we'll roll out the day's match-up and our two panellists will debate and make the case for the player they would select. You can then cast your vote on TSN.ca and the results will be revealed on the next episode of That's Hockey before the next match.

For an added element of surprise, as the TSN Quizmaster is watching and can veto your final vote - once in Round 1, once and Round 2 and a single Round 3 challenge which would trigger a re-vote.

Keep the debate going and join the conversation on #TSN on Twitter and follow the TSN Quizmaster at @TSNQuizmaster!

Erik Karlsson

Defenceman - Ottawa Senators

Drew Doughty

Defenceman - Los Angeles Kings


The Latest Showdown

The next match-up pits two elite blueliners against one another: Ottawa's Erik Karlsson against Los Angeles' Drew Doughty.

Erik Karlsson is quite possibly the most lethal blueliner in the NHL when it comes to creating offence. He cracked the 70-point plateau for the second time in his career in 2013-14, missing his personal-best (the 78 he scored en route to the 2010 Norris Trophy) by just four points. At just 24, Karlsson has already registered the third- and fifth-highest single season point totals for a defenceman in the 21st century. As if that weren't enough, he also tied for the points lead at the 2014 Sochi Games, earning Best Defenceman honours.

Doughty has achieved more at 24 years old than many NHLers do over an entire career. Two Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold and a Norris nomination all in the span of six seasons has given the London, Ont.-native an impressive resume that will only grow. Averaging 28:45 per game, Doughty logged more ice-time than any skater in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.




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