1.Martin Brodeur: I don't like the guy, but he's the best there is. He plays so many games, and wins most some many. He should have another 40 winner, and he could be the greatest in NHL history.
2.Markus Naslund: In terms of ability, he's almost as equal as Forsberg. He's great at scoring clutch goals, and is just a great player. He's also fairly durable, and he's my #1 pick for any fantasy team I'm on.
3.Niklas Lidstrom: A bit of an off year, but he is the model defenseman. If any defenseman prospect or player is so much as called a poor man's Lidstrom, that is an ultimate compliment. He's great in both ends of the ice, and would be tops in offensive and defensive categories, if not for "forwards playing defense like Gonchar and Ozolinsh".
4.Peter Forsberg: He is one of, if not the most dominant players in the game......when he's playing in the game. He is injured quite a bit and I'm not a fan of his tactics(diving, complaining, etc.), but other than that, there's only one player who is better on the ice when 100%.
5.Sergei Fedorov: He is a top defensive forward, and offensive as well. There's no better skater in the NHL(St.Louis maybe), and he is just a dominate player. Using a comment you could use for Foppa, he is one of the most dominate players on the ice when he shows up.
If durability was not a factor, then Fedorov would be knocked off the list, Foppa would go up to number 2, and Super Mario would be #1. The order of the other 3 wouldn't chance.
The reason for Mario being #1 where durability's not an issue is that he is simply more dominate than Foppa when he's playing. The guy can put up 90 points in a season when he misses a couple games with injuries, while he's playing with the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins against NHL teams like the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings.
1. Peter Forsberg (obvious #1.. )
2. Markus Naslund (best pure goal scorer in the NHL besides Kovalchuk)
3. Zigmund Palffy (was my pick for hart halfway thru the season before injury... is only getting better)
4. Chris Pronger (adds the physical aspect that Lidstrom doesn't have)
5. Martin Brodeur (best goalie in the NHL with the smallest pads)