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Top Five Players

A few days ago, Paul Kukla asked people to post their opinions of the top five players by position.  The task was not entirely defined.  Most people listed 5 forwards, 5 defencemen and 5 goalies, a few listed only 5 players and others broke up their forwards into right wingers, left wingers and centremen.  Some people picked the top five players so far this season, while others looked longer term and included injured players who would belong on their list.

I went through the comments as best I could and tallied the votes.  Most comments were votes.  A few comments were merely musings on the voting so far and were ignored.  A few of the votes were not selections of players (for example picking “New Jersey’s defence’ as one of the top five defencemen) and were ignored.

Here are the votes:

Forwards

1. Alexander Ovechkin 33
2. Sidney Crosby 27
3. Evgeni Malkin 23
4. Pavel Datsyuk 22
5. Jarome Iginla 20
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Joe Thornton 15
Henrik Zetterberg 7
Vincent LeCavalier 6
Rick Nash, Mark Savard 5
Dany Heatley, Patrick Kane 4
Ryan Getzlaf, Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk, Thomas Vanek 3
Shane Doan, Patrick Marleau, Zach Parise, Mike Richards 2
Daniel Alfredsson, Patrik Elias, Marian Gaborik, Simon Gagne, Ales Hemsky, Alexei Kovalev, Bobby Ryan, Teemu Selanne 1

Perhaps the biggest surprise here is the fact that Ovechkin wins by such a larger margin over Crosby and Malkin, despite currently being behind them in the scoring race.

Defencemen

1. Nicklas Lidstrom 30
2. Zdeno Chara 18
3. Dion Phaneuf 16
4. Dan Boyle, Mike Green 14
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Chris Pronger 13
Shea Weber 12
Scott Niedermayer 8
Brian Rafalski 6
Brian Campbell, Duncan Keith, Andrei Markov 5
Jay Bouwmeester 4
Rob Blake 3
Sergei Gonchar 2
Tomas Kaberle, Sheldon Souray, Dennis Wideman 1

There is a huge drop after Lidstrom.

Goaltenders

1. Roberto Luongo 30
2. Martin Brodeur 29
3. Evgeni Nabokov 20
4. Henrik Lundqvist 18
5. Tim Thomas 14
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Miikka Kiprusoff 10
Niklas Backstrom, Steve Mason 6
Ryan Miller 5
Carey Price 4
Jean-Sebastien Giguere 3
Nikolai Khabibulin, Mike Smith 2
Craig Anderson, Scott Clemmenson, Ty Conklin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jonas Hiller, Marty Turco, Cam Ward 1

Luongo and Brodeur run away with the show despite their injuries this season.

Obviously this poll is non-scientific, but it gives an idea who fans think are the top five forwards, defencemen and goaltenders.

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