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Another Debate - Who Is In Your Top Five?


Trolling around a bit post lunch, I came across an article as SI.com ranking NHL players in four categories.  I think it worth debating whether an Caps would crack the top 5.

Top 5 goalies

1. Tim Thomas
2. Ondrej Pavelec
3. Carey Price
4. Jonathan Quick
5. Sergei Bobrovsky

Top 5 rookies

1. Logan Couture
2. Sergei Bobrovsky
3. Taylor Hall
4. Jeff Skinner
5. Kevin Shattenkirk

Top 5 MVP candidates

1. Sidney Crosby
2. Steve Stamkos
3. Dustin Byfuglien
4. Pavel Datsyuk
5. Brad Richards

Top 5 Defensemen

1. Dustin Byfuglien
2. Nicklas Lidstrom
3. John-Michael Liles
4. Kris Letang
5. Ryan Whitney

It is disappointing, but I don't believe the Caps crack the top 5 goalies, MVP candidates or defensemen at this point in the season.  I'm curious about the 5 top rookies.  Cazeneuve would appear to place a premium on forwards and scoring among rookies, which may cancel out Carlson or Alzner.

Overall, I think it is nearly impossible to argue against Thomas as the top goalies right now or Crosby as the top MVP candidate.  Byfuglien has made a massive impact on the Thrashers, but I'm not sure he'd be my first pick at D, and I'm definnitely not certain about Liles and Whitney.   Letang is having a tremendous season.

Thoughts?

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