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8 Debate: Selanne ranks as all-time greatest No. 8

Friday, 04.19.2013 / 3:00 PM / 8 Debate

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

It is an argument that inspires passion in every rink, sports bar and living room where hockey is being played or is on the television. It can incite elevated heart rates in people and long discussion threads on the Internet.

Who is the best?

NHL.com and NHL Network gathered 10 writers and television personalities and asked that very question. Each was asked to rank his top eight in eight categories -- centers, left wings, right wings, defensemen, goalies, coaches, general managers and guys who wore the No. 8.

The voting, which took place for all eight segments in mid-February, is complete and the points have been tallied. Here is our answer to the simple question, who are the best in the NHL?

A total of 386 players have worn the No. 8 in the NHL, according to hockey-reference.com -- the list includes six members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and a few players who are almost certain to join them.

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8 Debate: Holland best among general managers

Friday, 04.12.2013 / 11:30 AM / 8 Debate

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

It is an argument that inspires passion in every rink, sports bar and living room where hockey is being played or is on the television. It can incite elevated heart rates in person and long discussion threads on the Internet.

Who is the best?

NHL.com and NHL Network gathered 10 writers and television personalities and asked that very question. Each was asked to rank his top eight in eight categories -- centers, left wings, right wings, defensemen, goalies, coaches, general managers and guys who wore the No. 8 sweater.

The voting, which took place for all eight segments in mid-February, is complete and the points have been tallied. Here is our answer to the simple question, who are the best in the NHL?

After detailing the top players at each position and the top coaches in the NHL, it is time to shift the focus upstairs. The role of general manager has changed a great deal in the modern NHL. There are more duties than just putting the roster together and hiring a coach.

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8 Debate: Babcock earns nod as top NHL coach

Friday, 04.05.2013 / 11:00 AM / 8 Debate

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

It is an argument that inspires passion in every rink, sports bar and living room where hockey is being played or is on the television. It can incite elevated heart rates in person and long discussion threads on the Internet.

Who is the best?

NHL.com and NHL Network gathered 10 writers and television personalities and asked that very question. Each was asked to rank their top eight in eight categories -- centers, left wings, right wings, defensemen, goalies, coaches, general managers and guys who wore the No. 8 sweater.

The voting, which took place for all eight segments in mid-February, is complete and the points have been tallied. Here is our answer to the simple question, who are the best in the NHL?

After picking the best at each position in the NHL, it is time to shift the focus to behind the bench. Being a coach in the NHL means plenty of scrutiny and not a lot of job security. The best coaches can be successful with different rosters and different expectations, but success is still the most important factor.
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8 Debate: Lundqvist tops Rinne among best goalies

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 10:00 AM / 8 Debate

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

It is an argument that inspires passion in every rink, sports bar and living room where hockey is being played or is on the television. It can incite elevated heart rates in person and long discussion threads on the Internet.

Who is the best?

NHL.com and NHL Network gathered 10 writers and television personalities and asked that very question. Each was asked to rank their top eight in eight categories -- centers, left wings, right wings, defensemen, goalies, coaches, general managers and guys who wore the No. 8 sweater.

The voting, which took place for all eight segments in mid-February, is complete and the points have been tallied. Here is our answer to the simple question, who are the best in the NHL?


After revealing a list of the top eight players at each forward position and on defense, it is time for the goaltenders to have their day. Like the quarterback in football or the point guard in basketball, people will argue it is the most important position in sports.
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8 Debate: Chara tops Weber among best defensemen

Friday, 03.22.2013 / 10:30 AM / 8 Debate

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

It is an argument that inspires passion in every rink, sports bar and living room where hockey is being played or is on the television. It can incite elevated heart rates in person and long discussion threads on the Internet.

Who is the best?

NHL.com and NHL Network gathered 10 writers and television personalities and asked that very question. Each was asked to rank their top eight in eight categories -- centers, left wings, right wings, defensemen, goalies, coaches, general managers and guys who wore the No. 8 sweater.

The voting, which took place for all eight segments in mid-February, is complete and the points have been tallied. Here is our answer to the simple question, who are the best in the NHL?

After three weeks of discussing the top forwards in the League, it's time to turn the attention to dissecting the defensemen. Judging the top players at this position can be tricky and likely to be a little more subjective than the others. How much should offensive numbers be rewarded? How well can someone's defensive prowess in a team sport where the "ball" isn't round and bounces all over the place be quantified?
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8 Debate: Kane, Kovalchuk tops on right wing

Friday, 03.15.2013 / 2:28 PM / 8 Debate

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

It is an argument that inspires passion in every rink, sports bar and living room where hockey is being played or is on the television. It can incite elevated heart rates in person and long discussion threads on the Internet.

Who is the best?

NHL.com and NHL Network gathered 10 writers and television personalities and asked that very question. Each was asked to rank their top eight in eight categories -- centers, left wings, right wings, defensemen, goalies, coaches, general managers and guys who wore the No. 8 sweater.

The voting, which took place for all eight segments in mid-February, is complete and the points have been tallied. Here is our answer to the simple question, who are the best in the NHL?

Last week, our panel voted on the top eight left wings and a big theme was a divide in opinions on a few key players. This week, the focus shifts to the other side of the ice.

The first thing that stands out about right wing is that it looks a little deeper than the left side. The bottom four on this list includes a pair of Hart Trophy winners and two players who have led the League in goals or points.

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8 Debate: Several players vie for No. 1 Left Wing

Saturday, 03.09.2013 / 8:08 AM / 8 Debate

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

It is an argument that inspires passion in every rink, sports bar and living room where hockey is being played or is on the television. It can incite elevated heart rates in person and long discussion threads on the Internet.

Who is the best?

NHL.com and NHL Network gathered 10 writers and television personalities and asked that very question. Each was asked to rank their top eight in eight categories -- centers, left wings, right wings, defensemen, goalies, coaches, general managers and guys who wore the No. 8 sweater.

The voting, which took place for all eight segments in mid-February, is complete and the points have been tallied. Here is our answer to the simple question, who are the best in the NHL?

Last week this series debuted with the top centers in the NHL, a list with plenty of room for discussion but a clear hierarchy at the top. This week the focus is on left wing, where there is far less clarity.

For some players it isn't easy to determine which side of the ice they typically play on, but for this exercise each wing was given an official position based primarily on where they played last season or the past couple of seasons. That's why Alex Ovechkin is going to be part of the rankings this week while Ilya Kovalchuk won't appear until next week.

Twenty players received at least one point in someone's top eight and three earned a top-five ranking but did not appear on any of the other nine lists. Only three -- the players who sit at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on the final list -- appeared on each of the 10 ballots.

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— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery