October 06, 2016

Rethinking Hockey's Top 100 Players: The Active Players

This week I have begun rethinking Hockey's Top 100 players. There has been special focus on active players Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and Jaromir Jagr.

The only other active player on my 2013 list was Pavel Datsyuk, who squeaked in at 92.

If there is one active player who I see definitely making the updated list, it would be Jonathan Toews. He has been consistently ranked up there with Crosby and Ovechkin as this era's best player. His resume is impressive.

Ultimately Toews will find himself ranked somewhere in the upper half with the likes of Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic, Bryan Trottier, Clarke and Henri Richard. But until his career is complete, it is premature to rank him that highly.

What other active players should be strongly considered? I'm thinking Jarome Iginla and Joe Thornton are strong candidates. Marian Hossa, Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry deserve consideration. 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? To be honest, I don't think so, though Price still has time on his side.

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

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