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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

11. Shea Weber

Profile
Team: Nashville Predators 2010-11 Ranking: 19
Position: Defence Age: 26
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
82 16 32 48 +7 56
Noteworthy:
The Nashville standout has recorded 55 goals in the last three years and is one of the best all around defencemen in the game.

12. Nicklas Lidstrom

Profile
Team: Detroit Red Wings 2010-11 Ranking: 26
Position: Defence Age: 41
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
82 16 46 62 -2 20
Noteworthy:
Despite posting the second most points of any defenceman in the league last season, The 41-year-old was a minus player for the first time in his lengthy career.

13. Ryan Getzlaf

Profile
Team: Anaheim Ducks 2010-11 Ranking: 17
Position: Centre Age: 26
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
67 19 57 76 +14 35
Noteworthy:
Anaheim's 6-foot-4, 220-pounder remains on the league's ultimate embodiment of strength down the middle.

14. Tim Thomas

Profile
Team: Boston Bruins 2010-11 Ranking: N/A
Position: Goaltender Age: 37
2010-11 Stats
GP W L OTL GAA PCT SO
57 35 11 9 2.00 .938 9
Noteworthy:
After a great regular season, the ageless wonder led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Championship, collecting the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Playoff MVP along the way.

15. Henrik Zetterberg

Henrik Zetterberg
Profile
Team: Detroit Red Wings 2010-11 Ranking: 11
Position: Centre/Left Wing Age: 30
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
80 24 56 80 -1 40
Noteworthy:
The 30-year-old remains one of the best two-way forwards in the game and is a proven playoff performer.

16. Ryan Kesler

Profile
Team: Vancouver Canucks 2010-11 Ranking: 46
Position: Centre Age: 27
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
82 41 32 73 +24 66
Noteworthy:
Coming off a career-high 41 goals in 2010-11, Kesler might not be ready to start the season as he recovers from hip surgery.

17. Eric Staal

Profile
Team: Carolina Hurricanes 2010-11 Ranking: 24
Position: Centre Age: 26
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
81 33 43 76 -10 72
Noteworthy:
Staal, who has cracked the 30-goal plateau in five of the last six seasons, remains one of the top centres in the league.

18. Jarome Iginla

Profile
Team: Calgary Flames 2010-11 Ranking: 32
Position: Right Wing Age: 34
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
82 43 43 86 Even 40
Noteworthy:
Iginla hasn't missed a game in the last four seasons and has scored 30 goals or more in each of the last 10 seasons.

19. Brad Richards

Profile
Team: New York Rangers 2010-11 Ranking: 49
Position: Centre Age: 31
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
72 28 49 77 +1 24
Noteworthy:
Richards, who is one of the league's better playmakers, signed a nine-year deal to bring his skills to the New York Rangers.

20. Rick Nash

Profile
Team: Columbus Blue Jackets 2010-11 Ranking: 14
Position: Right Wing/Left Wing Age: 27
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
75 32 34 66 +2 34
Noteworthy:
Long one of the league's true power forwards, Nash will get some help in 2011-12 with the acquisition of Jeff Carter from Philadelphia.


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