Top Five: MVP’s, Goalies, Defensemen and RookiesShareThis
Today’s a fun day for me – it was Power Rankings time over at USA Today. That means I get to go data-mining and get caught up on which players are underachieving and who’s doing the opposite. I’ll link to their rankings when they post.
Every other Monday, an esteemed panel of 10 hockey folks (we added Greg Wyshynski this year, to prove just how esteemed we really are) ranks all 30 NHL teams, and votes on the current top five MVP’s, goalies, defensemen, and rookies. I won’t put my 30 team list up until USA Today uses it accordingly, but I don’t think there’s any harm in batting these other opinions around today. Feel free to chime in on who I missed or who I overrated from the following lists.
(Ooo, I will say this: St. Louis and Tampa Bay were both in my top five. Such a crush on St. Louis this year.)
This was the first time in over a year my MVP ranking top-five didn’t include a goalie or d-man, so don’t act like I don’t have love for them.
TOP FIVE MVPS
- Steven Stamkos
- Marian Hossa
- Sidney Crosby
- Henrik Zetterberg
- Daniel Sedin
Always some regrets after you hit “send” to the editor, and I wish I had put Hossa first, I think.
I quite like my inclusion of Daniel Sedin. He’s been money.
Up next, goalies: I struggled with this one the most, as it’s early in the year so it’s a small sample size, which means there’s lots of factors to consider. Like who they’ve played, home/away, what type of games were they, have they played enough games to be taken seriously…. Once everyone gets more starts, numbers will start to regress to the mean, and we’ll be able to make sense of who’s what.
But for now…
TOP FIVE GOALIES
- Tim Thomas
- Brent Johnson
- Jimmy Howard
- Kari Lehtonen
- Ilya Bryzgalov
Honorable mention to Jaro Halak, Jon Quick and Antero Nittymaki.
For d-men, again, it’s early in the year. You have to go as much on name as stats - d-men don’t have to be pouring them in to be effective. Again, I like my number five here. He’s been a major anchor and contributor on a team that desperately needed him to live up to those expectations.
Oh, and by the way, after my “you don’t have to be pouring points in to be effective” thing, enjoy my number one.
TOP FIVE DEFENSEMEN
- Nicklas Lidstrom
- Duncan Keith
- Shea Weber
- Dan Boyle
- James Wisniewski
Rookies up last, and shocker, I once again love my number five (Hall). His stats have been lacking, but watching him play, they’ll come. He owned two separate periods of different games that I’ve seen, and as a rookie, that’s one hell of a feat.
As for Fowler at number one: I don’t care how bad that d-corps is or how average he may look at times, you don’t play minutes like he’s getting without doing some things extremely well.
TOP FIVE ROOKIES
- Cam Fowler
- Mark Letestu
- Derek Stepan
- Oliver Ekman-Larson
- Taylor Hall
So what’s your feedback folks? Where am I missing and who am I overrating?
First, here’s a picture of a Miami University D-man Will Weber, after having a close shave with a skate blade this past week (horrible, horrible pun for a guy who could’ve died). Goo.
And last, Lebron’s new commercial. Those folks at Nike know how to work it, boy.