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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

41. Roberto Luongo

Profile
Team: Vancouver Canucks 2010-11 Ranking: 43
Position: Goaltender Age: 32
2010-11 Stats
GP W L OTL GAA PCT SO
60 38 15 7 2.11 .928 4
Noteworthy:
Despite another solid regular season last year, and an Olympic gold medal in 2010, questions will remain about Luongo in the playoffs until he wins the Stanley Cup.

42. Loui Eriksson

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Team: Dallas Stars 2010-11 Ranking: N/A
Position: Right Wing/Left Wing Age: 26
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
79 27 46 73 +10 8
Noteworthy:
A very good two-way player, coming off consecutive back-to-back 70+ point seasons.

43. Ryan Suter

Profile
Team: Nashville Predators 2010-11 Ranking:N/A
Position: Defence Age: 26
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
70 4 35 39 +20 54
Noteworthy:
A steady defenceman who can not only put up some points, but is very capable in his own zone

44. Jeff Carter

Profile
Team: Columbus Blue Jackets 2010-11 Ranking: 40
Position: Centre Age: 26
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
80 36 30 66 +27 39
Noteworthy:
The star centre, who has recorded at least 30 goals in each of the last three seasons, could form an impressive duo with Rick Nash in Columbus.

45. Matt Duchene

Profile
Team: Colorado Avalanche 2010-11 Ranking:N/A
Position: Centre Age: 20
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
80 27 40 67 -8 33
Noteworthy:
Duchene led the Avalanche in scoring in just his second season in the NHL and will look to continue his growth in 2011-12.

46. Marian Hossa

Profile
Team: Chicago Blackhawks 2010-11 Ranking: 35
Position: Right Wing Age: 32
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
65 25 32 57 +9 32
Noteworthy:
Still nearly a point-a-game player, but has recently struggled with his ability to stay healthy. He played 65 games last season and only 57 games the year before.

47. Tyler Myers

Profile
Team: Buffalo Sabres 2010-11 Ranking: 37
Position: Defence Age: 21
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
80 10 27 37 Even 40
Noteworthy:
The 2009-10 Rookie of the Year started slowly in the first half of 2010-11, but he regained his form and was very productive for the Sabres in the playoffs.

48. Nicklas Backstrom

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Team: Washington Capitals 2010-11 Ranking: 9
Position: Centre Age: 23
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
77 18 47 65 +24 40
Noteworthy:
Backstrom really struggled offensively last season, dropping 36 points from 2009-10. The Capitals need him to step his game up this year.

49. Dan Boyle

Profile
Team: San Jose Sharks 2010-11 Ranking: 34
Position: Defence Age: 35
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
76 9 41 50 +2 67
Noteworthy:
One of the most consistent and underrated offensive defencemen in the league. He's posted 50 or more points in five of the last six seasons.

50. Jeff Skinner

Profile
Team: Carolina Hurricanes 2010-11 Ranking: N/A
Position: Centre/Wing Age:19
2010-11 Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM
82 31 32 63 +3 46
Noteworthy:
Skinner dazzled the league as a rookie last year, recording 31 goals as an 18-year-old. The Hurricanes have high hopes for their young star.


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