September 2, 2008

2008-09 Player Rankings

No scoring system for this one. This is completely my opinion. Here we go;

#10 Ryan Getzlaf

It's really only taken Getzlaf three years to become a top scorer in the league. He already has a Cup ring, and soon enough he will have another. One would have to wonder if unrestricted free agency will bring him out of Anahiem. Point totals of 39, 58 and 82 in his first three seasons respectively will only continue to increase. He may hit 100 this season.

#9 Jason Spezza

His regular season stats are the only thing that keep him in the top ten. One of the best set-up men in the league. Should have 100 points every year playing on a powerplay with Heatley and Alfredsson

#8 Pavel Datsyuk

He is the second best two way player in the league thus, making him the second most valuable player in the league. He probably is the best breakaway/shootout guy in the league. The "Datsyukian Deke" is the best breakaway move ever.

#7 Dany Heatley

Heatley, such as Spezza, should have 100 points every year. 50 of those points should be goals. He gets pretty close every year. Unfortunately, his time in Ottawa may be up soon (along with Alffie and Spezz) if the Sens don't produce under new coach, Craig Hartsburg.

#6 Joe Thornton

Again, one of the best setup men in the game. I was a believer, but after seeing him in the '08 playoffs I am convinced the "Big Joe" does not have what it takes to be dominant in the post season. Speaking of dominance, Thornton is the most dominant regular season player in the league. Post season success may have put him at number 1.

#5 Vincent Lecavalier

With Stamkos in Tampa now, in three years Vinnie could be scoring at the same rate as Crosby and Ovechkin. He scored 40 last year, but for most of the season he was on pace for around 60. The Lightning will be a better team this year so Lecavalier's stats should go up. I expect him to score 50 this year.

#4 Jarome Iginla

Iginla may be the best all round player in the league. He'll hit, he'll fight, he's defensively responsible. Iginla will score 50 for you every year. He may be MVP every year if he had some more people with more skill, to play with in Calgary.

#3 Henrik Zetterberg

Best two-way player of all time. That includes, Dave Keon, Ron Francis, and Steve Yzerman. Out of all of those players he has the most offensive skill and is equally good on the defensive side of the puck. He could score 50 if he wasn't in Detroit. But if he wasn't in Detroit he wouldn't be so good defensively.

#2 Sidney Crosby

What can you say about Crosby. He sees the game like no other. He was shut down in the Finals by Detroit, but that's also due to the fact that Pittsburgh learned they need to be more than a 3 player team. Their coach also is a problem, but that is a different story. He would be number one if it weren't for his high ankle sprain last year.

#1 Alexander Ovechkin

Ovechkin. I love his enthusiasm for the game. His goal celebrations are awesome. More players should be excited about scoring like he is. His stats are currently better than Croby's, but that is because of the Crosby injury. Ovechkin is 1A and Crosby is 1B. They will switch back and forth all year.

5 Most Overrated Players next time...or some more jersey posts.

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