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.