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

21. Anze Kopitar

Profile
Team: Los Angeles Kings 2010-11 Ranking: 29
Position: Centre Age: 24
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
75 25 48 73 +25 20
Noteworthy:
Kopitar has progressed to a point-per-game level and should benefit from an enhanced Kings' offence that has added Mike Richards and Simon Gagne. At age 24, Kopitar is just entering his prime. 

22. Evgeni Malkin

Profile
Team: Pittsburgh Penguins 2010-11 Ranking: 4
Position: Centre/Right Wing Age: 25
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
43 15 22 37 -4 18
Noteworthy:
Malkin is healthy and ready to play after missing half of last season with knee injuries. There is little question that if he can return to form, he is a threat to surpass the 100-point mark for the third time in his career.

23. Drew Doughty

Profile
Team: Los Angeles Kings 2010-11 Ranking: 8
Position: Defence Age: 21
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
76 11 29 40 +13 68
Noteworthy:
After signing a hefty new contract with the Kings, Doughty will have something to prove after taking a slight step back last year in his third NHL campaign. Still, he is the quarterback of a good L.A. power play.

24. Patrick Kane

Profile
Team: Chicago Blackhawks 2010-11 Ranking: 15
Position: Right Wing Age: 22
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
73 27 46 73 +7 28
Noteworthy:
Kane has settled in as a reliable 25-goal, 45-assist producer over his four NHL seasons. He continues to have a strong supporting cast in Chicago.

25. Claude Giroux

Profile
Team: Philadelphia Flyers 2010-11 Ranking: N/A
Position: Centre/Right Wing Age: 23
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
82 25 51 76 +20 47
Noteworthy:
Giroux enjoyed a breakout season last year and will be counted on even more now that Mike Richards and Jeff Carter have been traded away. He might be a key beneficiary from the arrival of Jaromir Jagr.

26. Zach Parise

Profile
Team: New Jersey Devils 2010-11 Ranking: 16
Position: Left Wing Age: 27
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
13 3 3 6 -1 6
Noteworthy:
Parise emerged as one of the league's top snipers before a knee injury cost him nearly all of last season. He scored 45 and 38 goals in the two seasons prior, and his return will be a big boost to New Jersey's offence.

27. Duncan Keith

Profile
Team: Chicago Blackhawks 2010-11 Ranking: 5
Position: Defence Age: 28
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
82 7 38 45 -1 22
Noteworthy:
Keith's numbers declined as the Blackhawks collectively took a step back from their Stanley Cup-winning season of 2008-09. Still, Keith is one of the league's premier rearguards and is as physical as they come.

28. Pekka Rinne

Profile
Team: Nashville Predators 2010-11 Ranking: N/A
Position: Goaltender Age: 28
2010-11 Stats
GP W L OTL GAA PCT SO
64 33 22 9 2.12 .930 6
Noteworthy:
The 28-year-old makes his first appearance in the Top 50. His win total and workload have increased in each of the last three seasons, and he was second last year with a .930 save percentage.

29. Joe Thornton

Profile
Team: San Jose Sharks 2010-11 Ranking: 25
Position: Centre Age: 32
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
80 21 49 70 +4 47
Noteworthy:
Thornton dropped below the point-per-game level for the first time since 2003-04 last season. But at the age of 32, he's still one of the league's best set-up men and the Sharks remain a contender in the West.

30. Carey Price

Profile
Team: Montreal Canadiens 2010-11 Ranking: N/A
Position: Goaltender Age: 24
2010-11 Stats
GP W L OTL GAA PCT SO
72 38 28 6 2.35 .923 8
Noteworthy:
Price responded to being annointed the No. 1 goalie in Montreal with a superb season last year. He tied for the league lead with 38 wins and there's no reason to believe he can't be just as good in 2011-12. 

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