Stamkos and right now it isn't even close. Well I like Kovy a lot.. but I like Stamkos a lot more.
Tavares could top Stamkos in the next year or so if the right things happen for his team.. mainly if their young guns take the next step and meet their potential.
Hall is a couple years away at having a chance at being compared to Stamkos. If Edmonton's puck movers on the back end do their job right he's got a shot, but I don't expect to see it happen.
Hopkins is the guy I see having the best yetchance past Tavares right now, because we haven't seen Yakupov in the NHL right . If Hopkins was the guy I think we'd be looking at someone with 30G/90A upside. Edmonton certainly has enough snipers for him to do it. Too soon to tell, though.
Stamkos, Kovalchuk is the only real competition he has for this poll.
Agreed, they are the only real contenders for the top spot. I went with Stammer because he's a center (although, I think his game is better suited for the wing). The kid is an absolute goal scoring beast.
Right now it's Kovalchuk but give Stamkos a couple more 50 goal seasons and the answer is going to be him.
Exhibit A as to how hockey doesn't matter on ESPN:
Last night an ESPN program was discussing how the Detroit Pistons needed a hero citing the heroes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and no mention of the Detroit Red Wings. All this despite the Red Wings probably being the most succesful team in Detroit right now.
Too early to judge guys like RNH and Yakupov, obviously. I'll agree with the general consensus that it's between Kovalchuk, Stamkos and Tavares. Kovalchuk has had the best career so far, but that's to be expected. In terms of peak so far, I'd probably give Stamkos the very slight edge over Kovalchuk, but it's very close. Tavares at the moment is more of a potential argument, but when it's all said and done I COULD see him having the best career of the 3, he has a tonne to prove though.
Why is Yakupov up there he hasn't played a game in the NHL.
probably because the question is more what is the best #1, not who had the best career (best career is Kovy and would be a silly question to compare him to yakupov and RHN and they would not be in the question).
Crosby would be in the draft of 2012 that he would be the good answer.