I will be ranking NHL players by position. I will start today with the three forward positions and then next week I will unveil my defenceman and goalies. I decided to keep it to top 5 at every position and also include three notables. The reason I chose top 5 instead of top 10 was to work on the premise of building my NHL all-star NHL team. Also please note these are not fantasy rankings, these ranking are if I was trying to pick players to play on my team to win a Stanley Cup this year. Please feel free to argue/agree or tell us yours.
Center: This position is very deep, but also pretty easy to pick from. I think the top three are no brainers which only leaves 2 more spots on my list. I gave the nod to JT as I think he is underrated even though he was nominated for the Heart Trophy this past NHL season. I suspect he will have a breakout year.
- Sidney Crosby
- Evgeni Malkin
- Steven Stamkos
- Jonathan Toews
- Jonathan Tavares
Notables: Claude Giroux, Henrik Zetterberg, Ryab Getzlaf
Left Wing: While my top pick may surprise some people, it is Datsyuk’s overall game that gives him the edge ahead of some of the other players. Some may also consider Nash a surprise given his recent lack of production; however I attribute that more to the team he is playing for. This position is the thinnest of the three forward positions; as a result I suspect the most argument over this position.
- Pavel Datsyuk
- Taylor Hall
- Daniel Sedin
- Zach Parise
- Rick Nash
Notables: James Neal, Matt Duchene, Bobby Ryan
Right Wing: For me the top two are no brainers. It does get a little bit more difficult after that. Some may be surprised to see Kassel in my top 5. Whether you hate him or love him, you cannot deny the numbers that he has consistently put up. While there is a caveat with choosing Kessel as I would pair him with two other strong defensive forwards to make up his short comings in that area.
- Alex Ovechkin
- Patrick Kane
- Martin St. Louis
- Corey Perry
- Phil Kessel
Notables: Jordan Eberle, Alexander Semin, Marion Gaborik
Come check out next weeks article as I rank the top 10 defenceman and top 5 goalies.