TSN unveiled its 5th annual list of the Top 50 NHL players earlier this evening and for the fifth straight year, Sidney Crosby tops the list.
John Tavares, to no one's surprise, makes the list -- he was ranked 8th -- behind Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos, Ryan Getzlaf, Anze Kopitar, Evgeni Malkin and Drew Doughty. Shea Weber and Patrick Kane complete the Top 10.
However, Tavares has company on the list as Kyle Okposo squeezes in at #50. David Backes was the first one out, ranking 51.
Four players who had appeared in the list in each of the four previous years were left out this time: two are Sedin's (Henrik and Daniel ) and two are Rangers (St. Louis and Nash). The Rangers are still represented by Henrik Lundqvist (16) and Ryan McDonough (31). No Devil is on the list, nor is former Sabre/Islander/Canadien Thomas Vanek who was #49 last year.
The list is dominated by Canadians (26). There are eight Americans, seven Swedes, and four Russians. The other five players come from four different countries.
You can find the entire list, which for the second straight year was selected by a group of NHL coaches, GMs, and TSN experts, here: Crosby tops TSN Hockey's Top 50 NHL players
The press release annnouncing it is here: TSN - Details
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