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The Top 100 Players of the 2000s


Here's a list of the top 100 players of the 2000s, ranked in no particular order. We have all seen these players so I won't spend too much time profiling them, saving that effort for players of yesteryear.

Centers

Sidney Crosby
Joe Thornton
Jonathan Toews
Henrik Sedin
Pavel Datsyuk
Joe Sakic
Brad Richards
Vinnie Lecavalier
Jason Spezza
Evgeni Malkin
Ryan Getzlaf
Anze Kopitar
Jeff Carter
Saku Koivu
Mikko Koivu
Joe Pavelski
Steven Stamkos
Ryan Kesler
Patrice Bergeron
John Tavares
Eric Staal
Jeff Carter
Olli Jokinen
Connor McDavid


Left Wing
Alex Ovechkin
Patrik Elias
Henrik Zetterberg
Daniel Sedin
Patrick Marleau
Ilya Kovalchuk
Alex Tanguay
Patrick Kane
Markus Naslund
Alex Steen
Vladimir Tarasenko
Jamie Benn
Ryan Smyth
Zach Parise


Right Wing
Jarome Iginla
Teemu Selanne
Jaromir Jagr
Marian Hossa
Martin St. Louis
Daniel Alfredsson
Shane Doan
Rick Nash
Corey Perry
Teemu Selanne
Patrick Sharp
TJ Oshie
Justin Williams
Marian Gaborik
Todd Bertuzzi
Milan Lucic
Milan Hejduk


Defense
Nicklas Lidstrom
Scott Niedermayer
Chris Pronger
Dan Boyle
Zdeno Chara
Duncan Keith
Shea Weber
Brent Burns
Ryan Suter
Dustin Byfuglien
Erik Karlsson
Drew Doughty
Brian Campbell
Brent Seabrooke
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Sergei Gonchar
Rob Blake
Kimmo Timonen
Kris Letang
PK Subban
Victor Hedman
Brian Rafalski
Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Goalies
Martin Brodeur
Henrik Lundqvist
Roberto Luongo
Carey Price
Marc Andre Fleury
Evgeni Nabokov
Pekka Rinne
Jonathan Quick
Ryan Miller
Miikka Kiprusoff
Corey Crawford
Tim Thomas
Marty Turco

Women's players
Hayley Wickenheiser
Caroline Ouellette
Angela Ruggeiro
Hilary Knight
Jayna Hefford
Shannon Szabados
Marie Philip Poulin
Florence Schelling

Comments

Mitch said…
Question- why leave off a guy like Tomas Holmstrom in lieu of Smyth, Williams, Oshie, Mikko Koivu, and Doan?

Holmstrom practically redefined the way power plays were run, and was certainly the best of his generation at what he did (net-front on the power play).

A top-1000 list is perfect to help honor guys that were amazing at/redefined what they did but aren't HOF-worthy. See: Mike Keane, Bobby Holik, Ken Linesman, Robbie Ftorek.
Moné Peterson said…
Not sure why my comment didn't make it, but you still have only 99 players. I'm just sayin'.
Thom Mason said…
Patrick Kane is before Patrik Elias? Have you paid attention or acknowledged what Patrick Kane has done thus far compared to Elias? The rankings should be reversed.
Paul said…
Mats Sundin (in the 2000s) > Saku Koivu very easily.
Paul said…
Modano, Sundin and Forsberg should be on the centres list. I'd take off Saku Koivu and then, I guess, remove a couple of wingers, to make room for those three.

They were three of the best centres in the NHL in the early 2000s. Forsberg won the Art Ross in 2003. Sundin was a second team all-star in 2002 and 2004. Modano had some of his best seasons from 1999-2003.

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