ESPN: Top defensemen/forwards

September 19, 2013, by

Since it’s going to be a slow day, I found myself over at ESPN looking at their player rankings. They did a vote of their internal writers, voting on the top defensemen and forwards for this coming season. Starting with the defensemen (top 50), Ryan McDonagh came in at #10, Dan Girardi at #14, and Michael Del Zotto at #38. At forward (top 100), Rick Nash came in at #28, Ryan Callahan at #34, Derek Stepan at #47, Derick Brassard at #87, and Brad Richards at #97.

Both articles are worth a read, even if it is just to argue that they got the rankings wrong. Personally I don’t look too much into rankings, especially since ESPN has a habit of relying too much on the previous year. I’d take career averages/trends over a hot/cold year.

Categories : Around the League


  1. cnp says:

    regardless of the bs that is ESPN, 2 of the top 15 defensemen is nice

  2. paulronty says:

    This ranking loses all credibility if Marc Staal is not ranked at all because he certainly is much better than DZ.

  3. Chris.C says:

    Espn needs to stick with Football and basketball. Really Bobby Ryan not even on the list, WOW

  4. Mikeyyy says:

    Hacks. All of them. Not like this blog. It doesn’t take half a brain to write. But to provoke thought and discussion. That’s a whole other ball of wax