Defenseman Randy Jones was recalled from the Phantoms but scratched. Jones, who has missed the season after undergoing hip surgery, could make his season debut this afternoon. . . . After the game, the Flyers recalled forward Jon Kalinski from the Phantoms.
If Jones plays, it will be interesting who sits, and if Metropolit will be ready to play. Kukkonen has done all asked of him playing 4th line center...way out of the comfort zone of a defenseman. Will Stevens put someone else there if Metropolit can't go, or if he is back, who sits with him? I've been saying give Sbisa a day off for weeks, but that is too simple of a solution for this team.
I hope Sbisa sits. I was all for him staying with the big club but at this point it seems Stevens is completely misusing him. With Kukkonen available he should play every 2 out of 3 and no back to back games in my opinion.
That being said he'll probably sit Alberts and have Kukkonen play center.
There's no exact science to determine the best player in the NHL.
After all, players play different positions with different styles and differing levels of ability in certain aspects of the game. There are so many factors to consider.
So, in order to compile our third annual list of the top 10 current NHL players, we decided on a democratic vote of Sun Media hockey writers from across the nation.
Much like the Members of Parliament, they found it difficult to come to a consensus.
Eighteen ballots submitted, 18 very different lists.
However, we will not prorogue this group just because its members can't agree.
Instead, we will treat them as a cross-country coalition of sorts and present to you their who's who of hockey.
10. Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers (23 voting points)
The 23-year-old centre from Kenora, Ont., is a solid two-way player who has a fiery, abrasive style and is a born leader. The Flyers captain is on pace to score 100 points this season and is plus-16. He's also a lock for Team Canada at the Olympics in 2010 and could be a candidate for the captaincy.