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NHL ON TSN: TOP 50 NHL PLAYERS

TSN has unveiled the NHL's Top 50 players heading into the 2010-11 hockey season based on selections by a panel of experts, and this year's top player is Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

* Numbers in brackets represent final voting points a player received by the panel polled to obtain the rankings. The order was determined by a cumulative point system based on the individual rankings.
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1. F - Sidney Crosby (1,705)

2010 NHL Draft
2009-10
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
81 51 58 109 .63 .72 1.35
Since the lockout
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
371 183 323 506 .49 .87 1.36
Noteworthy
The legend grows with each passing year in the NHL; in Year 1 he became the youngest player to score 100 points; in Year 2 he won the Art Ross and Hart Trophies; in Year 3, he led the Stanley Cup playoffs in scoring; in Year 4, he became the youngest captain to win the Stanley Cup; and in Year 5 he scored 50 goals … but none of them was as important as the one that gave Canada an Olympic gold medal on home ice and sent a country into delirium.

2. F - Alexander Ovechkin (1,666)

2010 NHL Draft
2009-10
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
72 50 59 109 .69 .82 1.51
Since the lockout
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
396 269 260 529 .68 .66 1.34
Noteworthy
He is a four-time 50-goal scorer; he is the first player in NHL history to earn first all-star team honours the first five seasons of his career; he is second only to Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy in career goals per game; he is a physical force the likes of which has seldom been seen for a player of his talent; and he hungers to fill in the one piece of silverware missing from his trophy case - the Stanley Cup.

3. F - Jonathan Toews (1,398)

2010 NHL Draft
2009-10
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
76 25 43 68 .33 .57 .89
Since the lockout
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
222 83 108 191 .37 .49 .86
Noteworthy
Chicago’s undisputed leader pulled off an unprecedented double – top forward honours and gold at the 2010 Olympics; MVP honours and the Stanley Cup in the 2010 NHL playoffs.

4. F Evgeni Malkin (1,378)

2010 NHL Draft
2009-10
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
67 28 49 77 .42 .73 1.15
Since the lockout
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
309 143 238 381 .46 .77 1.23
Noteworthy
Pittsburgh’s Conn Smythe winner has never failed to average more than a point per game in four superlative NHL seasons.

5. D - Duncan Keith (1,368)

2010 NHL Draft
2009-10
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
82 14 55 69 .17 .67 .84
Since the lockout
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
404 45 152 197 .11 .38 .49
Noteworthy
No player was relied upon more than the Chicago defender last year; he was first in NHL regular season icetime, first in Olympic icetime and second in NHL playoff icetime.

6. F - Henrik Sedin (1,346)

2010 NHL Draft
2009-10
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
82 29 83 112 .35 1.01 1.37
Since the lockout
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
410 94 332 426 .23 .81 1.04
Noteworthy
The reigning scoring champ never misses a game – playing five straight full seasons – and never misses a scoring opportunity for Vancouver.

7. F - Pavel Datsyuk (1,303)

2010 NHL Draft
2009-10
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
80 27 43 70 .34 .54 .88
Since the lockout
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
397 145 293 438 .37 .74 1.10
Noteworthy
Detroit’s superstar was named the NHL's best defensive forward for a third straight season, he may be the league's best technical player.

8. D - Drew Doughty (1,264)

2010 NHL Draft
2009-10
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
82 16 43 59 .20 .52 .72
Since the lockout
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
163 22 64 86 .13 .39 .53
Noteworthy
The youngest member of Canada's gold medal Olympic team is blossoming into the game's best two-way defenseman for L.A.

9. F - Nicklas Backstrom (1,227)

2010 NHL Draft
2009-10
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
82 33 68 101 .40 .83 1.23
Since the lockout
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
246 69 189 258 .28 .77 1.05
Noteworthy
Sublimely skilled & beyond durable – Washington’s 100-point centre has never missed an NHL game – playing 246 straight.

10. F - Steven Stamkos (1,201)

2010 NHL Draft
2009-10
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
82 51 44 95 .62 .54 1.16
Since the lockout
GP G A PTS GPG APG PPG
161 74 67 141 .46 .42 .88
Noteworthy
Tampa Bay’s super shooter rocketed to 51 goals and a share of the Rocket Richard Trophy in just his second season.

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