Richards was not ahead of either Dawes or Stewart.
Top Canadian forwards...
1. Anthony Stewart
2. Jeff Carter
3. Nigel Dawes
4. Sidney Crosby
My top three weren't in order, but from the games I saw Canada play (Finland, Suisse, USA) the Richards line was the best on the ice, and I thought that Richards and Dawes were the two players that made the line go. Stewart was good, but no way was he Canada's best forward.
Crosby ??? ... he was good, but no way was he better than Richards. Richards centered the best line in the tournament. Killed penalties, did everything, Crosby didn't get near the ice time or responsibilty that Crosby got.