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TSN releases its list of the top 50 NHL Players; Datsyuk #5?

TSN posited its Top 50 Players list on Wednesday evening, and their picks are...Different...Especially if you're a Red Wings fan and think that Pavel Datsyuk is a solid player (edit: TSN posted a 46-minute clip of their special).

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby has once again been ranked the NHL's No. 1 player, as revealed Wednesday night on the NHL on TSN Top 50 Players special.

For the first time, TSN's Top 50 ranking was determined by a group of 14 NHL coaches and general managers, representing seven Eastern Conference teams and seven Western Conference teams.

This year's NHL on TSN Top 50 Players features nine new players, four goalies, 10 defencemen and 26 players from Canada. The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have five players on the list, the most of any NHL team.

Just missing the Top 50 was Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who was ranked No. 51.

See below for the full NHL on TSN Top 50 Players ranking and an additional breakdown of notable omissions, biggest risers and fallers and players by country and position. You can voice their opinion on the Top 50 ranking by using the hashtag #TSNTop50 on Twitter and on TSN.ca with Your! Call.

1. Sidney Crosby                                                           
2. Evgeni Malkin                                           
3. Jonathan Toews                                                      
4. Steven Stamkos                                       
5. Pavel Datsyuk                                                           
6. Zdeno Chara                                              
7. Alex Ovechkin                                                          
8. Shea Weber                                              
9. Patrick Kane                                              
10. Claude Giroux                                                         
11. Erik Karlsson                                                             
12. Henrik Zetterberg                                  
13. John Tavares                                                            
14. Henrik Lundqvist                                    
15. Ryan Getzlaf                                                            
16. Patrice Bergeron                                    
17. Ryan Suter                                                
18. Anze Kopitar                                                            
19. Drew Doughty                                                         
20. Duncan Keith                                                           
21. Henrik Sedin                                                            
22. Jonathan Quick                                                       
23. Zach Parise                                               
24. Corey Perry                                                                              
25. Daniel Sedin                                                             
26. Martin St. Louis  
27. P.K. Subban
28. Eric Staal
29. Rick Nash
30. Alex Pietrangelo
31. Logan Couture
32. Marian Hossa
33. Kris Letang
34. James Neal
35. Joe Thornton
36. Matt Duchene
37. Jamie Benn
38. Jason Spezza
39. Taylor Hall
40. Nicklas Backstrom
41. Pekka Rinne
42. Milan Lucic
43. Phil Kessel
44. Oliver Ekman-Larsson
45. Sergei Bobrovsky
46. David Krejci
47. Patrick Sharp
48. Dustin Brown
49. Thomas Vanek
50. Mikko Koivu

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Toews and Stamkos are not better players than Pavel Datsyuk.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 09/25/13 at 09:56 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

I’d like to be in a fantasy league with the clowns who picked this list.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 09/25/13 at 10:21 PM ET


Zetterberg way too high.  I’m looking at 27 for him, although 28, 29, 30, 34, 41, arguably 44 and 47 all better than him.  Pavel right where he should be +-2 spots.

Posted by jkm2011 on 09/25/13 at 10:47 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

“I’d like to be in a fantasy league with the clowns who picked this list.”

“...NHL coaches and general managers”

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 09/25/13 at 11:26 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

Toews above Datsyuk is garbage.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 09/26/13 at 04:46 AM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

I can see ranking Crosby, Malkin and Stamkos above Datsyuk, but Toews, no way.  He’s a good player, maybe a top ten one, but he gets overrated because of his intangibles.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 09/26/13 at 09:53 AM ET


These rankings are a composite of 7 Eastern Conference GMs/coaches and 7 Western Conference GMs/coaches.

Frankly, I think it shows. There’s a lot less “what have you done for me lately” in these rankings than their are in any such rankings produced by writers.

Alex Ovechkin and PK Subban, to give examples, are two players who were on top of the world at the end of the season, but the GMs, unlike the writers who voted them the Hart and Norris, respectively, both seem to be aware that each player is flawed compared to a lot of their contemporaries. They have OV 6th among forwards and Subban 7th among D.

Duncan Keith’s another guy. Lot of “journalist” lists have him as the best or second best D based on a strong finish. GMs have him at 6, looks like, which seems more accurate to me.

All in all, I think this is about as good of a list like this as you can get, though I’d like to see the results of 100 or so pro-scouts polled on this topic.

Posted by larry on 09/26/13 at 07:13 PM ET

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