Friday, June 21, 2013

Ranking the Top 10 Players in Each Positions- Left Wings

Welcome to part three of the rankings. Today, I'm doing the Left Wings.

Before I start, let me just say that Alex Ovechkin is NOT considered a LW. He has made the change to Right Wing, so he will be appearing in that ranking, not this one. That being said, let's get started:

Honorable Mentions:
Milan Lucic- Eh. Don't particularly like this guy, and he's not exactly a huge point-producer. He's very physical, sure, but that shouldn't be enough to get him in the Top 10.
Dustin Brown- The Kings captain is not my favorite player, but he's pretty clutch and is important to a Kings team that needs all the offense it can get.
Evander Kane/Andrew Ladd- The two Winnipeg Jets had good years last year when they lost the race to the Caps for the Southeast Division, and they certainly have great potential. Plus, Kane is a great fighter.
Jiri Tlusty- Just losing out to teammate Jeff Skinner for the 10th spot, Tlusty had a great year last year, but missed out because of an older age and I'd say less potential.

10. Jeff Skinner- Skinner is probably the best young player on a dangerous Carolina Hurricanes team. If he learns to control his temper, he could develop into one of the best in the league.
9. Marian Gaborik- Gaborik had a great year a few years ago, and has been quietly dangerous over the last few years. He received no love from former coach John Tortorella, but could rebound with Columbus.
8. Patrik Elias- He is, in my opinion, one of the greatest players in Devils team history. He holds nearly every offensive record in franchise history, and if he didn't also play center, he would be higher up.
7. Bobby Ryan- Ryan has been overshadowed by Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, but the Team USA star is a consistent 30-goal scorer and 50-point getter. He was key for Perry's surprise Hart two years ago.
6. Chris Kunitz- Kunitz had a good year last year, and has been pretty consistent in years prior. He isn't higher because he gets a lot of goals thanks to good passing from Sidney Crosby.
5. Patrick Marleau- Marleau has become much better since being stripped of his captaincy a few years ago, and has become a consistent 30, 40-goal getter.
4. Patrick Sharp- Sharp gets a lot of help being on the same team as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, but the fact remains that he is an All-Star and one of the best Wingers in the league.
3. Thomas Vanek- The Buffalo Sabres lack consistent offense, but they get a lot of help from Vanek. He is a hard worker and started last year on fire. He may have been higher had he not hit injury troubles.
2. Daniel Sedin- He and his brother create the most fearful consistent tandem this side of OV-Backstrom. Daniel is perhaps the most consistent left wing (who is still a left wing) in the league.
1. Zach Parise- Parise takes the top spot for his hard work and great two-way game. He is probably the best two-way winger in a game where there are not many two-way wingers, and he is a consistent threat. He received a lot of flack for going to Minnesota, but he is still one of the best in the game.

So what do you think? Put your thoughts/rankings in the comments and come back tomorrow for the tope 10 centers.

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