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BLOG: McDavid labelled No. 1 in Top 50 player poll

Leon Draisaitl and Cam Talbot rated No. 23 and No. 47, respectively

by Paul Gazzola /

TSN declared Oilers Captain Connor McDavid the best player in the National Hockey League on Tuesday.

McDavid supplanted Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby, who's been heralded the best player every season since 2010. Crosby was ranked No. 2.

"It's always a nice honour," the 20-year-old said Tuesday after practice. "Ultimately, it's just a ranking and hockey is lucky to have a number of great stars in and around the League and all over the world. To be on top is nice but you also recognize all the other guys that could be there."

While McDavid remained humble in receiving the feat, his peers acknowledged the sentiment.

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"It's an accomplishment and he should be really proud of himself," said Patrick Maroon, McDavid's linemate. "As a leader on our team, we're extremely happy to have him on our team and he deserved it all year last year. He played well every night for us, he took over games when we needed them and took off in the playoffs."

Maroon even recognized the superseding of Crosby, noting what it could mean for Edmonton in the future.

"He and Sid are No. 1 together," said Maroon. "They're both high-calibre players and Sid deserved it the last few years winning Stanley Cups. Hopefully, Connor can bring that to us in Edmonton."

Leon Draisaitl ranked in at No. 23 and Cam Talbot took the No. 47 spot.

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