Putting together player rankings for this issue and our Yearbook (the top 50 players in the NHL) is a challenging task that gets more daunting every season. While several high-end veterans – Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, to name two – are still on top of their games, every year a new crop of elite performers makes a statement, forcing its way onto the list. It killed me to leave off Miro Heiskanen and Brady Tkachuk, though I know both will crack the top 25 for their respective positions next season.
In formulating the names and orders for the top 25 centers, left wingers, right wingers, defensemen and goalies, it got me thinking about how talent is dispersed in the NHL right now. Frankly, almost every team has an elite player or two to call its own, and even some of the best and bright...
About the Author
Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.