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by Alanah McGinley on 08/26/11 at 04:32 PM ET
From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News:
Starting backwards from the goal crease, America rules, flat-out. Tim Thomas and Ryan Miller own the past three Vezina Trophies and if you need a straight-up comparison, ask Roberto Luongo who pumped who’s tires in the Stanley Cup final. Martin Brodeur is a legend and possibly the best of all-time, but how much magic does he have left as he approaches his 40th birthday? Thomas is a young 37 and Miller is in his prime. In the here and now, you want one of the Yanks.
On defense, the top three North American scorers from last season were American – Keith Yandle, Dustin Byfuglien and James Wisniewski. Sure, you take Shea Weber, Duncan Keith and Drew Doughty ahead of that class, but statistically at least there’s intriguing fodder.
Up front there is still a gulf. Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos are ahead of Zach Parise and Patrick Kane and that’s not even considering Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry or Eric Staal. But here’s an interesting question: Would you rather have Ryan Kesler or Jonathan Toews?
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