Just something to see us through what is inevitably going to be a long, long summer. Basically, just choose the player you'd protect first out of the entire roster. It'd be good to see a complete list when all of this is said and done.
We're one of the teams with no clear-cut number one guy. The most important ones over the last couple of years have been Timonen and Pronger imo, but at the same time Richards is the captain and has taken this team on his back a few times, Brière always steps up when the going gets tough, Carter - despite what his detractors think - is one of our best overall players, JvR has taken huge steps lately, Giroux of course is up there, Coburn and Meszaros has been great for the most part in the playoffs.
I went with the player I thought was most important to the team's success, choosing Pronger. If I had to protect one player, I would probably choose Giroux, based on age, but overall, if I had one game, I'd choose Pronger.
Last year easily Richards. This year Lavi's using him less as a crutch and is relying on Giroux more when it matters. Look at their TOI, Giroux on average is +30 seconds. That says a lot. Not to say Richie doesn't matter, he's just a compliment on offense and a shutdown staple. That's how he became great, honestly. He was forced into the #1 spot when Briere went down a few years ago.