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Franchise Faceoff

If you 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, the TSN Quizmaster is watching and can veto your final vote - once in Round 1, once in 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!

Jamie Benn

Left Wing - Dallas Stars

Evgeni Malkin

Centre - Pittsburgh Penguins


The Latest Showdown

The fans have spoken on the latest match-up, with Jamie Benn edging Evgeni Malkin 50.3 per cent to 49.7 per cent.

But not so fast.

The Quizmaster has cashed in on his single first-round veto and has demanded a re-vote. So here we go again!

One is the young leader of an emerging Western threat and one is the second pillar of one of the most successful teams of the post-lockout era. Who would you pick: Benn or Malkin?

Benn has been garnering more and more attention in one of hockey's least heralded markets. The 24-year-old has increased his point output in each of his five seasons in the League (discounting the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season). The Stars captain finished eighth in NHL scoring in 2013-14, and collected an Olympic gold along the way.

Not yet 30, Evgeni Malkin has very few holes on his professional resume. Winner of the Calder, Art Ross, Hart and Conn Smythe trophies, a Stanley Cup and a Ted Lindsay Award, the big Russian pivot continues to be the co-franchise cornerstone of a Penguins team that has won three division titles and been to two Stanley Cup Finals over the past seven seasons.




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