Morning Free Association: Where’s the Love?

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Well, the NHL Network has done it again. With a stable of former beat writers, the NHL has amassed quite a collection of talent, content creators, and judges of hockey talent. Yet they create content like this:

It is blink and you miss material like this that makes it hard to take a list like this seriously. Several players flit by on the screen for 1-2 seconds and go nameless. Seriously, you expect me to recognise that blur as Mark Schiefele? Like I know all the Winnipeg Jets by heart.

I’ll save you some time and just show you their list.

20. Sean Monahan
19. Evgeny Kuznetsov
18. Jeff Carter
17. Aleksander Barkov
16. Ryan Johansen
15. Leon Draisaitl
14. Jack Eichel
13. Anze Kopitar
12. Jonathan Toews
11. Patrice Bergeron
10. Mark Scheifele
9. Ryan Getzlaf
8. Tyler Seguin
7. Steven Stamkos
6. John Tavares
5. Nicklas Backstrom
4. Auston Matthews
3. Evgeni Malkin
2. Sidney Crosby
1. Connor McDavid

Now, I ask, is Patrice “They’ll Name the Selke After Me Someday” Bergeron in the right place on this list or is he criminally devalued? The rankings on this list are obviously biased toward scoring more than the other skillsets that a centerman should possess because that is (probably) more exciting to (casual) fans than backchecking. But 11th? I just feel like the player that most of these players, especially the Team Canada players, would call the best center in the game would rank higher.

Why do you do this to us NHL Network? Are you that starved for attention?

44 more days until hockey returns.

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