The Hockey News: Top 50 Players — Complete Stupidy 2005-2006

Can I ever take Mike Brophy seriously again? As a writer, ‘expert’ or man. The Hockey News’ Top 50 Players of 2005-2006 had the most bizarre and insanely ludicrous rankings I have read in a long time.

Jarome Iginla as number one in the NHL is understandable, and to an extent, I agree. But the list after that is mostly misfortune after unjustified garbage.

Firstly, this is all my opinion, just like Brophy has his. Is it more potent or accurate? I’d like to think so, but no, because opinion is opinion. But Brophy’s opinion this time around has just baffled me.

1. Sidney Crosby made the list – the fact that Sidney Crosby is on the list at all killed me inside. This young man has yet to play one game in NHL competition, but not only is he on the list, he is ranked 26th! He is ranked better than: Bertuzzi, Havlat, Hejduk, Datsyuk, Redden, Palffy, Gaborik, Luongo, Heatley, and so many more. How does Mr. Brophy justify this ranking? If this was most-hyped players 2005-2006, I could understand, but it is not. If you’re going to go with a great young player you have people out there. Spezza, Ryder, Trent Hunter have all proven themselves in a way to at least produce some points. Or at least stepped foot in an NHL game.

2. What did Marcus Naslund do to move up 11 spots? He was fourth in points in the last year played in the league, seventh in goals and ninth in assists, not to mention being +24 and scoring 9 points in 7 playoff games. Naslund is still probably the best left-winger in the game and still had a great year on all levels, but somehow moved up from 3 to 14.

3. Goalies-a-Mess. Okay, I get it, everyone thinks Brodeur is the best goalie in the league (Now ranked 3rd, by the way). I don’t, but I’ll leave that aside. My question to Mike Brophy, how is Khabibulin ranked 17th and Kiprusoff ranked 27th but much better goalies in Roberto Luongo, Marty Turco and Tomas Vokoun ranked so much lower (37th, 38th and 39th respectively). Khabibulin has been a good goalie over the years, I know that, but one great season does not a goalie make. Add the same remark to Kiprusoff. People have this man locked up to be the best goalie for years to come, and I’d be happy for him and the Flames if it comes true. But I don’t count my chickens before they hatch. I just have to look back at Giguere or Carey and smarten up pretty quickly. Oh, and Luongo is the best goalie in the league today. Yes, even better than the superior Brodeur. Anyone else notice that Brodeur has won championships with all-star teams.

4. Elias is 18th. When did this happen? Elias is a good player, do not get me wrong. But who would you rather have on your top line? Elias or Sundin? Elias or Alfredson? Elias or Lemieux? Elias or Fedorov? I choose the latter in all cases. (Keep note that Bertuzzi, Havlat, Hejduk, Datsyuk, Palffy and Gaborik are all ranked behind him)

5. Rob Blake, in my opinion the 3rd best defenseman in hockey, behind Lidstrom and Pronger, is rated a mere 22th. Pa-lease. I like Zdeno Chara a lot, but he still has a lot to learn also. Rob Blake should at least be in the to 20.

6. Rick Nash. Easily one of my favourite young players finishes 15th this year. My question again is, why? He scored 41 goals, sure, but didn’t even garner 20 assists. How does playing horrible defensively and scoring garbage goals put you ahead of great players and playmakers like Hossa, Sundin or Alfredson. Nash should be a Top 50 player. But should keep up in the 30s for now.

7. Mats Sundin is misplaced. I’ve always considered Sundin a top 10 player. Any player who can rack up at least 70 points and 30 goals a year playing beside the likes of Lonny Bohonos, Jonas Hoglund, Mikael Renberg, Kris King, Fredrik Modin, Robert Reichel or any half-assed player the Leafs picked up deserves all the credit in the world. 20th in the league is a little too low for the big guy when I think that there are are at least seven players he should rank higher than. If Sundin had the linemates that most superstar players had, he would have been raking in points. But isn’t that the Leaf theory? Have one great player and surround him with human feces.

8. Scott Hannan made the list. I don’t mind this ranking but if you are going to add Hannan, where is Robyn Regehr? Who is actually a better player than Hannan. A minor complaint, but one nonetheless.

9. Nabokov! Hey, where is this former Calder Trophy winner? He was one of the final four goalies in the NHL last season and held his own against Kiprusoff. This guy is a great goalie and easily top 7 goalies today.

10. And finally, where is Jovocop or Mattias Ohlund? Mike Brophy must have forgotten them. But he couldn’t have forgotten about Cory Stillman who scored 80 points (more than Richards and Lecavalier)… oh wait, he did. But surely Robert Lang, who scored 79 in 69… nevermind. He didn’t even get #50. I understand that there isn’t room for everyone, but these guys should have had room made for them.

Overall, it’s probably just me who thinks this list is ridiculous because even in terms of talent alone, Brophy has got it all wrong.

Also, if you haven’t noticed, I am not a fan of one-year successes. I hate when people rate players like St. Louis, Lecavalier, Richards, Nash, Kiprusoff, as high as they do when they have only had one really good year or one really good playoff. But I did let most of the Lightning slip through because they did win the Cup last year played. Anywho, rant on…

Here is the official Top 50 List as written by Mike Brophy.

1. Jarome Iginla

2. Peter Forsberg

3. Martin Brodeur

4. Chris Pronger

5. Joe Sakic

6. Joe Thornton

7. Scott Neidermayer

8. Martin St-Louis

9. Nicklas Listrom

10. Ilya Kovalchuk

11. Brad Richards

12. Jaromir Jagr

13. Vinny Lavalier

14. Markus Naslund

15. Rick Nash

16. Marian Hossa

17. Nikolai Khabibulin

18. Patrik Elias

19. Zdeno Chara

20. Mats Sundin

21. Daniel Alfredsson

22. Rob Blake

23. Mario Lemieux

24. Sergei Fedorov

25. Mike Modano

26. Sidney Crosby (ugh)

27. Miika Kiprusoff

28. Todd Bertuzzi

29. Martin Havlat

30. Milan Hejduk

31. Pavel Datsyuk

32. Wade Redden

33. Ziggy Palffy

34. Marian Gaborik

35. Dany Heatley

36. Sergei Gonchar

37. Marty Turco

38. Roberto Luongo

39. Tomas Vokoun

40. Pavol Demitra

41. Keith Pimeau

42. Keith Tkachuk

43. Kris Draper

44. Scott Hannan

45. Glen Murray

46. Adam Foote

47. Ryan Smyth

48. Brendon Morrow

49. Alex Tanguay

50. Shane Doan

Notable misses: Bill Guerin, Jeremy Roenick, Patrick Malreau , Brian Leetch, Evgeni Nabokov, Ed Belfour, Saku Koivu, Alex Kovalev, Jason Spezza, Ed Jovanoski, Mattias Ohlund, Cory Stillman, Robert Lang etc. etc. etc.

85 Responses to The Hockey News: Top 50 Players — Complete Stupidy 2005-2006

  1. wayne2 says:

    He`s been improving since the beginning of his


  2. wayne2 says:

    Although i would probably choose differently but

    that is due to the fact of the preferences in a

    player that you mentionned,i gotta say i like your point of vue.

  3. nj814 says:

    yeah your correct and my opinion is no greater than your i was just posting my own

  4. nj814 says:

    actually no i am not against the leafs at all i was wrong in my post and i apologize and like i stated before my opinion is no better than anyone elses here i just do not believe sundin is top ten player material but again that is just my opinion and once again i am not a “leaf basher” and i apologize for my comment

  5. NemiNA says:

    That doesn’t matter. Just because the Pens signed a bunch of superstars and drafted a kid that scored 160 points against boys doesn’t mean anything. The Rangers did the same thing and they flopped. All they have is offensive defenseman. None of them will play D, and whoever does, will be too slow (odelein) or stupid (melichar) to know what their doing. Thinbault and Fluery will be left high and dry. I hope Thibault and Fluery take preformance enhancers (for your sake) becuase they won’t be able to stop teams like Ottawa or PHILLY. They will try to burry the opposition under a pile of goals, but that won’t work when the team plays DEFENSE against them.

    Don’t give me that NEW NHL crap either. Defense will still win games.

  6. NemiNA says:

    why is it that you only comment on how horrible PHILLY is instead of giving logic or a viable reason to back up your insanity? You really make yourself up to be an unprofessional idiot.

    -EniMA Bag (just for you!)

  7. lukeleim says:

    Here is my top 50…

    1. Jarome Iginla

    2. Peter Forsberg

    3. Martin Brodeur

    4. Chris Pronger

    5. Joe Sakic

    6. Joe Thornton

    7. Mats Sundin

    8. Roberto Luongo

    9. Jaromir Jagr

    10. Brad Richards

    11. Scott Neidermayer

    12. Ilya Kovalchuk

    13. Marian Hossa

    14. Nicklas Lidstrom

    15. Markus Naslund

    16. Evgeni Nabokov

    17. Vincent Lecavalier

    18. Rick Nash

    19. Ziggy Palffy

    20. Patrik Elias

    21. Nikolai Khabibulin

    22. Daniel Alfredsson

    23. Marty Turco

    24. Todd Bertuzzi

    25. Sergei Fedorov

    26. Rob Blake

    27. Milan Hejduk

    28. Dany Heatley

    29. Marian Gaborik

    30. Martin St-Louis

    31. Martin Havlat

    32. Pavel Datsyuk

    33. Miika Kiprusoff

    34. Zdeno Chara

    35. Sergei Gonchar

    36. Tomas Vokoun

    37. Wade Redden

    38. Pavol Demitra

    39. Keith Primeau

    40. Keith Tkachuk

    41. Shane Doan

    42. Alex Tanguay

    43. Ryan Smyth

    44. Patrick Marleau

    45. Mario Lemieux

    46. Brian Leetch

    47. Robert Lang

    48. Alexei Kovalev

    49. Mike Modano

    50. Glen Murray

  8. morrissey says:

    Elias should be higher! I totally disagree with your comments on him. 3 times he’s had 1 point/game years playing the trap with NJ, put with any kind of offensive minded team and he’d be a perenial 40g 100pt player. He’s got the offensive but also knows how to play defensive, not a one dimesional player like many onthis list. That’s why this man wins Stanley Cups!

  9. eric_empire says:

    I agree Elias should be in the top 5 (forwards) along with (in no paticular order) Forsberg, Igginla, Naslund, Thornton and Elias…

  10. Damian78 says:

    I am a Devils fan and I will defned my team on this. Elias is a great player, of course he isn’t those players that you stated but he has consistently improved over the years and last year he was only 3 goals shy of the Richard Rocket Trophy. Of course Brodeur is on an All Star Team, those are usually the teams who win the cup. Yeah everyone is saying Brodeur is one of the Goalies whose numbers are going to go down and all because of the Rules and No Stevens and Niedermayer. By sheer records alone he is the best in the league and if he keeps it up he will break almost if not all of Roy’s records. Don’t get me wrong he has a real challenge ahead along with the Devils but I think they will ocme through.

  11. Veggetto19 says:

    How is Jarome Iginla the guy doesent even have more points than games played give me a break he should still be in the shadows. I will give him the fact he is good and a very clutch player but forsberg is better sakic is better jagar is better and so is half the list.

  12. Willey101 says:

    Definately a messed up list:

    1)Robert Lang was tops in the league in points last season before he went down with an injury and missed 13 games. still finished in the top 10 and yet somehow does not make the list.

    2) Theodore is considered the third best goalie in Canada yet not even ranked on this list.

    Mike Brophy however to me became a joke with his comments in the CBA. He is a guest every Wednesday on the Team 990 in Montreal and was asked about the CBA discussions pretty much for about a year. Anyway to get to the poinht, he was flip flopping taking sides wiht one until another did something then he would move to their side. he is ajust an annoying guy that fits in well as a hockey analyst of sportsnet. Any company that hires Marty York is a joke.

  13. quick_stick says:

    now that’s a fair statement…

  14. lovas84 says:

    I think He’s that high on the list simply for the reason that he has already changed the face of a franchise without stepping on the ice. Pittsburg gets him and free agents flock there. I think he deserves some credit but i do agree he should not be on the top fifty players

  15. SkruinBruin says:

    I’d like to add Tommy Colvin… he is only 11 years old… but for an 11 year old he has quite a slap shot… and you know what,, you can place him 5 spots behind Sidney in this list…..

    I’m from Rhode Island,,, so i remember the Brian Lawton first pick overall hype,,,, and now Brian is an agent….

    Hey,,,if it doens’t work out,,, maybe Sindey can be an NHL Sportscaster…. or run the Zamboni for the Pens….. either way he does NOT deserve to be on this list…

  16. LeafsJaysRapsBillsManU says:

    If Crosby is there, why not Ovechkin? They both have a ridiculous amount of upside and they have identical NHL stats…that is 0 GP, 0 G, 0 A, and 0 PTS…to put a guy with absolutely no NHL experience among the league’s 50 best players is just plain absurd. Will he be among them next year? Most likely, but really, who knows?

  17. 93213 says:

    Do you seriously belive that?

    when the Swedish teams calls Sundin is always Captain and he’s always top line.

    Nazzy had to try out for the team last time and is always on the second line.

    Nazzlund is without question a natural goal scorer but Sundin’s defensive awareness and his leadership put him ahead by a slight margin.

    St.Louis shouldn’t even be in this discussion unless he keeps this up for the next decade.

  18. nj814 says:

    yeah that was the point i was trying to make elias should definetly be rated higher than many players and i said Federov cause he IMO is not that great, look what hes done for anaheim, NOTHING! and i alson said i would rather have elias over sundin because as of now i believe elias is a better player

  19. nj814 says:

    your list is very good except for the fact that some of the people that you have listed as snipers i wouldnt have there for example, nash and Keith Tkatchuk and not snipers but more grinders/ garbage goal type guys i mean dont get me wrong great scorers but not snipers

    i think lidstrom should be on for Dman

    otherwise i agree mostly

  20. nj814 says:

    noo wayy iginla is a great he strapped the flames on his shoulders and took them to the finals with only a little help from kipper he is a goal scorer a defensive player and IMO the greatest hockey player

  21. eric_empire says:

    Don’t forget Zach Parize.

  22. Ace_Bailey says:

    No way, I’d take Sundin over Alfie any day. Both are practically equals in talent (which Im still scratching my head why he was drafted something like 133rd) but Sundin is more of a prescence physically in my opinion. Yeah, he doesnt use it as often as he should, but he’s still very good at shaking players off of him and can hold his own against the likes of taller forwards and defensemen. Also Alfie has had about 4 years of 70+ pts whereas Sundin has been consistent for 10 years. Not only that but Alfie is only a year younger.

    I don’t understand how many people rate Alfredson on a higher eschelon than Sundin. I do however, give Alfredson credit for becoming such a great player without really been given the chance due to his very low draft choice.

  23. pie_man says:

    When did I support Kiprusoff?

    Yes he had a great playoff, but that doesn’t guarantee that he will have a great year this year.

    Show me where I supported Kiprusoff…please…

  24. pie_man says:

    Please clarify this for me… Elias is the reason New Jersey won cups?

    I think names like Brodeur, Stevens, Neidermayer come into the mix on this one.

  25. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    He was one of the final four goalies in the NHL last season and held his own against Kiprusoff.

    my friends were over and we read that and we got confused aswell. when something along the lines like that is said you usually are referring to kiprusoff as good.

  26. pie_man says:

    Damian is a fan of the Devils… sorry, it had to be said.

    And yes, I agree, Elias is a great player, and you must be to be on the Top 50, but I just don’t think he’s better than most people behind him.

    And hell yes Brodeur has something to prove this year. He is without Stevens and Neidermayer, and without Elias now that I think of it.

    If Brodeur is still an amazing goalie facing 28+ shots a game, I will finally be convinced he is the goalie people have him out to be.

  27. pie_man says:

    Kipprusoff was a great goalie last playoff, but that doesn’t mean his streak will continue.

    Case and point; J.S Giguere.

    Hopefully you know what I mean now.

  28. nj814 says:

    he is part and i never said he was the whole reason i just said id take him over federov

  29. pens_fan says:

    and all phily has is defense you cant win games 0-0 and esche is a back-up goalie and has only been starter 1 i repeat ONE year he could be a huge bust id rather have a proven thibault then an unproven esche

  30. Veggetto19 says:

    Iginla Sucks So he did great a couple season he is not more clutch than joe sakin or stevy y and Forsberg should be no he will be #1 agin

  31. pens_fan says:

    you are an utter retard

  32. mcpickl says:

    Did anyone else stop reading when an article written to blast the Hockey News for their Top 50 list was titled “Complete Stupidy”?



  33. morrissey says:

    Of course, the leading point getter on the highest scoring team (some of those years) in the league had no contribution to the wins, how could I have been so dense. Moron.

  34. pie_man says:

    I usually have one idiotic spelling mistake any article I write, but for some reason it ends up being the title.

    I write these things at 2 a.m, when I’m done real life.

  35. pie_man says:

    Ohh… an insult. Now I know what kind of people I am debating with.

    That’s class.

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