Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/03/14 at 10:38 AM ET
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Who are the best 14 players in the NHL at each position as teams prepare for the start of the 2014-15 season? Arpon Basu, Brian Compton, Corey Masisak and Dan Rosen have cast their votes and the result is NHL.com's "Top 14 for '14-15" project....
1. Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars, 52 points (2 first-place votes) 2013-14: 34 goals, 79 points, 81 games played
Benn has improved in each of his five NHL seasons, but last season he moved to the left wing and teamed with an elite center in Tyler Seguin to put up career-best numbers across the board, including 28 even-strength goals, which was third in the League. General manager Jim Nill has finally put the pieces around Benn to make the Stars a contender. Benn also won gold with Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He turned 25 in July.
2. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild, 49 points (1 first-place vote) 2013-14: 29 goals, 56 points, 67 games played
Parise is arguably the most difficult left wing to match up against because of his relentless pursuit of the puck, particularly on the forecheck, and his fearlessness in front of the net. He is a five-time 30-goal scorer, including his career-high of 45 with the New Jersey Devils in 2008-09. He likely would have been a 30-goal scorer last season if not for a foot injury.
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