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#31 Gooseberries

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:43 PM

1. Parise
2. Daniel
3. Ovechkin
4. Kovalchuk
5. Neal
6. Benn
7. Eriksson
8. Ryan
9. Sharp
10. Whitney

Now this is a list.
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:50 PM

1. Daniel Sedin
2. Alex Ovechkin
3. Henrik Zetterberg
4. Ilya Kovalchuk
5. Loui Eriksson
6. Patrik Elias
7. Jamie Benn
8. Thomas Vanek
9. Ray Whitney
10. Rick Nash

Two out of four of sources say that Nash is a LW, and the other two say he's a RW. I'll just use LW for convenience here.
Three out of four sources say that Zetterberg is a LW and the other one (Wikipedia) says he's a Centre/LW.


If Nash is LW on your list I would put him at #5 and move everyone else back.

And I would switch Elias for someone, stilla good player but not the amazing passer and player he once was.
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:54 PM

Puts up 5 45 goal+ seasons.
Still not good enough to be the best winger in the game.

Also, where the hell is Ray Whitney? Have you seen that guy pass?


Assuming the 45+ goal season thing is referring to Ovechkin (couldn't see who else :P), personally I based my list on primarily recent times, therefore Ovie doesn't rank nearly as high as he usually would.

For me, in this list, I am ranking the best current left wings, not the left winger with the best career to date.

Edited by ajhockey, 10 December 2012 - 10:55 PM.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:02 PM

If Nash is LW on your list I would put him at #5 and move everyone else back.

And I would switch Elias for someone, stilla good player but not the amazing passer and player he once was.


The Nash argument could be made, as I based this list fairly heavily on statistics and we all know Nash is better than his statistics show. As a matter of fact, if I had based it purely off stats, he probably wouldn't even be on the list.

As for Elias, I believe his position is legitimate because, although he's not a dominant player, he's consistently good. He's only had less than 20 goals twice since the lockout and both were because of injuries.

He faltered a little in 2010-11, but brought his game right back up last year with second most assists of his career, 52 and 78 points. Despite his age, he seems to be keeping up. Reminds me a little of Ray Whitney actually.
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:08 PM

The Nash argument could be made, as I based this list fairly heavily on statistics and we all know Nash is better than his statistics show. As a matter of fact, if I had based it purely off stats, he probably wouldn't even be on the list.

As for Elias, I believe his position is legitimate because, although he's not a dominant player, he's consistently good. He's only had less than 20 goals twice since the lockout and both were because of injuries.

He faltered a little in 2010-11, but brought his game right back up last year with second most assists of his career, 52 and 78 points. Despite his age, he seems to be keeping up. Reminds me a little of Ray Whitney actually.


Hmm I see, good points for all I give you that.
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:15 PM

Assuming the 45+ goal season thing is referring to Ovechkin (couldn't see who else :P), personally I based my list on primarily recent times, therefore Ovie doesn't rank nearly as high as he usually would.

For me, in this list, I am ranking the best current left wings, not the left winger with the best career to date.


Yes, but Sedin's production last year was near identical to Ovechkin's, and Daniel plays with inarguably the best passer in the game.

I fail to see how this is even a comparison.
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:20 PM

Benn actually plays LW mostly


Yes, Benn is a natural winger but does occasionally play C

also where is Patrick Sharp on these lists lol.
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:34 PM

I'd still rate Ovie #1.

What doesn't he do? The only thing he's not very good at is playing defense, but that's not really a big factor esp. when youre simply paid to score goals. He's physical, he can hit, he can pretty much do it all.

Best shot in the league too. Backstrom's injury really screwed him over this year, he'll bounce back next year.
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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:40 PM

1. Daniel Sedin
2. Alexander Ovechkin
3. Ilya Kovalchuk
4. Zach Parise
5. Patrick Sharp
6. James Neal
7. Rick Nash
8. Henrik Zetterberg
9. Jamie Benn
10. Patrick Marleau

Edited by THE_LAW 10, 10 December 2012 - 11:47 PM.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:15 AM

Sorry to be negative. But what's the point, we don't have hockey so we can't see any of these guys play. :(

I miss the NHL.
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:48 AM

Ray Whitney is the best playmaking LW in the NHL, how he isn't on some of your lists is mind boggling.

Yeah he's very underrated. #9 on my list.

Puts up 5 45 goal+ seasons.
Still not good enough to be the best winger in the game.
Also, where the hell is Ray Whitney? Have you seen that guy pass?


People didn't put Whitney on their list because he isn't what you call a guy who can change the outcome of a game. He's a stellar playmaker, but generally when you play on the wing, you need to be a goal scorer.

1. Daniel Sedin
2. Alex Ovechkin
3. Henrik Zetterberg
4. Ilya Kovalchuk
5. Rick Nash
6. Loui Eriksson
7. Zach Parise
8. Patrick Marleau
9. Thomas Vanek
10. James Neal
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:04 AM

People didn't put Whitney on their list because he isn't what you call a guy who can change the outcome of a game. He's a stellar playmaker, but generally when you play on the wing, you need to be a goal scorer.

1. Daniel Sedin
2. Alex Ovechkin
3. Henrik Zetterberg
4. Ilya Kovalchuk
5. Rick Nash
6. Loui Eriksson
7. Zach Parise
8. Patrick Marleau
9. Thomas Vanek
10. James Neal

Pretty sure Marleau is a C naturally..
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