September 28, 2016

Rethinking NHL's Top 100 Players of All Time

As part of Tuesday's announcement concerning 2017's Centennial celebrations, the National Hockey League surprised no one when they said they would be honouring the top 100 players in NHL history.

It should be noted that the NHL list will be not be a ranked list, but an alphabetical one. That, of course, takes a lot of the fun out of it!

Here at, my most popular post of all time - by far - is my personal ranking of the top 100 hockey players of all time. The list was constructed in 2013, and does include international players - namely Soviets - who did not play in the NHL.

Now is the time to update that list. And I'm not afraid to rank it.

Keeping in mind that legacy weighs heavily in my evaluation, questions that I will have to ask myself, and am now asking for your input on, include:

- How have active players Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Jaromir Jagr and Pavel Datsyuk moved on the list, up or down?

- Jonathan Toews has to be on the list now. Where would he fit in at this stage of his career?

- What other active players should be strongly considered? I'm thinking Jarome Iginla, Joe Thornton, Marian Hossa, Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. How about Zdeno Chara and Duncan Keith on defense?

- Is Patrick Kane far enough into his career to consider top 100 placement? How about Steven Stamkos?

- Other skaters I will have consider include Evgeni Malkin, Henrik Zetterberg, Patrik Elias and Shea Weber.

- And of course there are goalies - Are any of Roberto Luongo, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Miller, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pekka Rinne, Jonathan Quick or Carey Price ready to pass Billy Smith or Johnny Bower, the last two goalies to crack my top 100 list?

Feel free to contact me as I am interested in hearing any input.

1 comment:

Chazac said...

Well, you know my sentiments: Orr is and always will be "The greatest hockey player who ever lived" .... but with what Patrice Bergeron has shown in both international and NHL play, I would ask consideration be given to him. He is, without question, one of the top 3 two-way players in the world right now.