I was amazed reading the 1st page of this thread how many people were leaving Tavares off the list entirely or having him at the bottom of the top 10. IMO he's pretty clearly in the 4-7 range in the league at this point. I think people think of him as a goal-scorer primarily, but he can really dish the puck too.
Datsyuk isn't given enough love here either. The guy's a puck-moving wizard.
Duchene shoots a little to much to be considered a Top 10 playmaker IMO.
Despite being in the Top 10 for Assists this season. If he wasnt ridiciulously snake bitten earlier in the year, and was shooting at a fairly typical 13% he'd likely had 25-27 goals right now, and be Top 5 for points though.
My Top 10 list of playmakers would probably look like:
I put Thornton below Giroux as well. Giroux produces as much with a lot less
It's not about who produces with less. This isn't a Hart trophy poll. I think people tend to complicate these things. It's simply about who are the best 10 players at passing and making plays? In this case, I would absolutely rank Thornton above Giroux. The guy is still a sublime passer.