23. Phil Kessel: The most electric player flying through the neutral zone with speed in full flight right now. He puts the snipe in sniper. Unique skating style. 500-goal career. He is shooting less with the Leafs and scoring more. This is the fourth straight year his assists per game have risen. He makes more plays for others than he used to.
Now that's quite lofty praise. 500 goals is pretty much a HOF lock.
It's better than I expected from an ESPN columnist, meaning I'm surprised he could even list 100 NHL players. I think it's safe to say the majority of his hockey exposure came from the Olympics, because he seems stuck in 2010. I'd have to say the worst ranking of the bunch is Pekka Rinne at 93, though there are certainly others that could compete with that.
I personally don't think Nash belongs at 19. The guy has really faltered. He's on pace for 54 points. Sorry, but he doesn't belong there. I wish all the crazy love the hockey media has with this guy would stop. If he was playing in a canadian market he'd get shredded. And Toews being above Malkin, Stamkos and Datsyuk is ridiculous atm, way too high. I do agree with most of it though.