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Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Mr. Marginal likely Top 30 in NHL --as voted by the players
The Hockey News is currently running a countdown of top 50 players in the NHL, as voted by the players.
No Islander has been named 31-50, which means that John Tavares should be named in the Top 30. The list so far:
Tavares was selected 29th in an ESPN list (by John Buccigross) earlier this year. Of course that came just a week or so after another ESPN'er (Neil Greenberg) failed to include Tavares on the "Top 25 under 25" list, causing Howie to refer to the Islander star as "The marginally talented Mr. Tavares".
Matt Moulson was selected 49th in the Buccigross list but is not included in the #31-50 listing from the players, who apparently haven't heard that only four NHL players have scored at least 28 goals in each of the last three seasons, including this one: Phil Kessel, Steven Stamkos, Daniel Sedin ... and Matt Moulson.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick