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Franchise Faceoff

The Latest Showdown

John Tavares

Centre - New York Islanders

Claude Giroux

Centre - Philadelphia Flyers

The fans have spoken on the latest match-up, with Jamie Benn edging Evgeni Malkin 50.3 per cent to 49.7 per cent.

But not so fast. The Quizmaster has cashed in on his single first-round veto, meaning Malkin moves on.

Two Metropolitan Division captains go toe-to-toe in the latest Franchise Faceoff. Who do you take: John Tavares or Claude Giroux?

Tavares has been heralded as a star since the age of 14 and has delivered on his promise almost every step of the way. CHL Player of the Year, two World Junior golds, number one pick in both the OHL and NHL, a Hart nomination and an Olympic gold all before he turned 24. With 66 points in 59 games before a season-ending leg injury, he may have been in line for more hardware in 2013-14.

Giroux has emerged as the leader of a Flyers team that has seen great upheaval over his relatively short seven-season run in the NHL to-date. He outlasted the likes of Pronger, Richards and Carter in Philly and has reached new highs seemingly every season. His 2013-14 output (86 points, good for third in the NHL) may not have set a career-high, but it did garner him nominations for both the Hart and Ted Lindsay.

Pick Your Franchise Face

If you were starting an NHL franchise of your own, who is the one player you would select as your cornerstone?

Would it be a top-notch goal scorer or a two-way forward? Would you opt for pure skill or is leadership ability more important?

That's Hockey has selected 31 options for your consideration this summer. They are matched up in a head-to-head single elimination bracket style tournament and it's up to you to crown the champ.

On That's Hockey, we'll roll out the day's match-up and our two panellists will debate and make the case for the player they would select. You can then cast your vote on TSN.ca and the results will be revealed on the next episode of That's Hockey before the next match.

For an added element of surprise, the TSN Quizmaster is watching and can veto your final vote - once in Round 1, once in Round 2 and a single Round 3 challenge which would trigger a re-vote.

Keep the debate going and join the conversation on #TSN on Twitter and follow the TSN Quizmaster at @TSNQuizmaster!

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