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NHL ON TSN: TOP 50 NHL PLAYERS

TSN has unveiled the NHL's Top 50 players heading into the 2011-12 hockey season based on selections by a panel of experts, and this year's top player once again is Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

The order for the Top 50 was determined by a cumulative point system based on individual rankings.
(Photos: Getty Images/Canadian Press)

1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30 | 31-40 | 41-50

1. Sidney Crosby

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Team: Pittsburgh Penguins 2010-11 Ranking: 1
Position: Centre Age: 24
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
41 32 34 66 +20 31
Noteworthy:
Crosby was well on his way to being the league’s top producer during the 2010-11 season, before he missed the second half of the season with a concussion. Crosby’s return date this season is still unknown.

2. Alexander Ovechkin

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Team: Washington Capitals 2010-11 Ranking: 2
Position: Left Wing Age: 26
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
79 32 53 85 +24 41
Noteworthy:
Despite posting his worst statistical campaign last season, the four-time 50-goal scorer still recorded over a point per game and is still one of the most dynamic players.

3. Pavel Datsyuk

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Team: Detroit Red Wings 2010-11 Ranking: 7
Position: Centre/Left Wing Age: 33
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
56 23 36 59 +11 15
Noteworthy:
The three-time winner of the Selke Trophy for the best defensive forward should be fully healed from his hand and lower body injuries that cost him 26 games last season.

4. Daniel Sedin

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Team: Vancouver Canucks 2010-11 Ranking: 18
Position: Left Wing Age: 31
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
82 41 63 104 +30 32
Noteworthy:
Daniel led the league in scoring in 2010 a year after his brother Henrik did and was a key reason for the Canucks run to the Stanley Cup Final.

5. Henrik Sedin

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Team: Vancouver Canucks 2010-11 Ranking: 6
Position: Centre Age: 31
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
82 19 75 94 +26 40
Noteworthy:
Sedin has played in every regular season game for the Canucks over the last six years, amassing impressive point totals along the way.

6. Steven Stamkos

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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning 2010-11 Ranking: 10
Position: Centre/Wing Age: 21
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
82 45 46 91 +3 74
Noteworthy:
A season removed from winning the Rocket Richard Trophy, Stamkos, in only his third season, finished as the second best goal scorer in the league in 2010-11.

7. Corey Perry

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Team: Anaheim Ducks 2010-11 Ranking: 33
Position: Right Wing Age: 26
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
82 50 48 98 +9 104
Noteworthy:
The 26-year-old is coming off a breakout season that saw him collect the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP and the Rocket Richard Trophy for the most goals.

8. Jonathan Toews

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Team: Chicago Blackhawks 2010-11 Ranking: 3
Position: Centre Age: 23
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
80 32 44 76 +25 26
Noteworthy:
The Olympic and Stanley Cup champion is improving with age and eclipsed the 70-point plateau for the first time in his career in 2010-11.

9. Martin St. Louis

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Team: Tampa Bay Lightning 2010-11 Ranking: 28
Position: Right Wing/ Left Wing Age: 36
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
82 31 68 99 Even 12
Noteworthy:
A premier point-per-game player and an iron-man to boot for Tampa Bay; he has missed just two games in eight seasons.

10. Zdeno Chara

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Team: Boston Bruins 2010-11 Ranking: 23
Position: Defence Age: 34
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
81 14 30 44 +33 88
Noteworthy:
He was a massive defensive presence during the regular season and was a key factor during the Bruins run to become Stanley Cup Champions.


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