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With the end of the regular season here and fantasy playoff hockey talk hot, let’s countdown the top ten players you should pick up for success in your pool.
10 Tyler Seguin – I do have the Minnesota Wild taking down the offensive heavy Dallas Stars but it’s too tough not to have a natural goal scorer in Tyler Seguin on this list.
9 Vladimir Tarasenko – It’s hard to pick between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues on who advances to the next round but it’s always better to take a superstar on a team that may potentially get knocked out in the first round than a depth guy on a team that may go far.
8 Pavel Datsyuk – It’s a going away party for the Magic Man as this his going to be his last crack at Lord Stanley. Find his silky mitts putting up points and for the Detroit Red Wings to take down the banged up Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of playoffs.
7 Aleksander Barkov – It’s a toss up in my opinion between Jagr and Barkov and just out of sheer instinct Barkov will lead the way for his team in the playoffs.
6 Corey Perry – Many people are saying the Anaheim Ducks are the best team in the NHL right now and Corey Perry will lead the way with what I feel is a simple first round matchup for the Ducks
5 Zach Parise – The Minnesota Wild will knock out the Dallas Stars in the first round of playoffs and find none other than Zach Parise leading the way for the Wild. They upset the St. Louis Blues a year ago and I feel they can do the same against Dallas this playoff campaign.
4 Sidney Crosby – Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are arguably the hottest team in the NHL. Crosby since the All-Star break has been the NHL’s best player and look for Pittsburgh to keep up their momentum and take down the difficult New York Rangers in the first round of playoffs.
3 Anze Kopitar – There’s no doubt that Anze Kopitar is LA’s go to machine. Look for LA to advance to the next round of playoffs and for Kopitar to be in on many of their goals.
2 Alexander Ovechkin – I believe Ovechkin is interchangeable with the number one spot on this list. It really comes down to who you favor winning the cup this year. Ovechkin’s importance to the Washington Capitals offense is heavy. He’s a natural sniper and is the best powerplay player in the league. Averaging just over five shots per game you can’t leave The Great Eight off this list. With Washington a true top three cup contender look for Ovechkin to really step up his play in the playoffs to try and capture his first Stanley Cup ring.
1 Patrick Kane – It’s hard not to have the NHL’s leading scorer on the top of this list. With Stan Bowman and the Chicago Blackhawks roster you can’t sell them short of taking home yet another Stanley Cup. Look for Chicago to go deep in this year’s post-season and don’t be surprised when you see Patrick Kane leading the way in points for his team and possibly capturing a Conn Smythe if the Blackhawks take home another Stanley Cup.