NHL Player Rankings: January 2, 2014

Dec 30, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) with the puck during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY SportsWe are halfway through the season, and so far Sidney Crosby has dominated my player rankings. In all but one bi-week ranking he was ranked first (Alex Steen came on top once). Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, John Tavares, and Joe Thornton have all been in or near the top 10 (much to Team Canada’s delight) while studs like Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Patrick Kane are starting to threaten Crosby’s reign. Although there hasn’t been a true standout defenceman so far this season, Duncan Keith has turned on the jets and is now sitting tied in fourteenth in the NHL in points. Here are my January 2nd NHL player rankings with their previous rank in brackets:

  1. Sidney Crosby, PIT reload-97640_640 (1)
  2. Patrick Kane, CHI reload-97640_640 (2)
  3. Ryan Getzlaf, ANA up-97614_640 (4)
  4. John Tavares, NYI up-97614_640 (8)
  5. Chris Kunitz, PIT up-97614_640 (10)
  6. Corey Perry, ANA up-97614_640 (7)
  7. Nicklas Backstrom, WSH up-97614_640 (11)
  8. Claude Giroux, PHI up-97614_640 (33)
  9. Duncan Keith, CHI up-97614_640 (18)
  10. Alex Ovechkin, WSH arrows-147753_640 (5)
  11. Joe Thornton, SJ arrows-147753_640 (9)
  12. Erik Karlsson, OTT up-97614_640(28)
  13. Taylor Hall, EDM up-97614_640 (27)
  14. Patrick Sharp, CHI  arrows-147753_640(12)
  15. Martin St. Louis, TB up-97614_640 (34)
  16. Kyle Okposo, NYI up-97614_640 (NR)
  17. Patrick Marleau, SJ up-97614_640 (25)
  18. Bobby Ryan, ANA arrows-147753_640 (17)
  19. Matt Duchene, COL up-97614_640 (NR)
  20. David Krejci, BOS arrows-147753_640 (14)
  21. Phil Kessel, TOR up-97614_640 (26)
  22. Tyler Seguin, DAL up-97614_640 (NR)
  23. Daniel Sedin, VAN arrows-147753_640 (20)
  24. Henrik Sedin, VAN arrows-147753_640 (21)
  25. P.K. Subban, MTL up-97614_640 (30)
  26. Joe Pavelski, SJ arrows-147753_640 (16)
  27. Bobby Ryan, OTT arrows-147753_640 (17)
  28. Jamie Benn, DAL up-97614_640 (NR)
  29. James Neal, PIT up-97614_640 (NR)
  30. Eric Staal, CAR arrows-147753_640 (29)
  31. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG up-97614_640 (NR)
  32. Thomas Vanek, NYI up-97614_640 (NR)
  33. Shea Weber, NSH up-97614_640 (38)
  34. Milan Lucic, BOS up-97614_640 (NR)
  35. Valtteri Filpula, TB up-97614_640 (NR)
  36. Matt Niskanen, PIT up-97614_640 (NR)
  37. Marian Hossa, CHI arrows-147753_640 (31)
  38. Henrik Zetterberg, DET up-97614_640 (NR)
  39. Keith Yandle, PHX up-97614_640 (46)
  40. Anze Kopitar, LA arrows-147753_640 (36)
  41. T.J. Oshie, STL up-97614_640 (NR)
  42. David Backes, STL arrows-147753_640 (15)
  43. David Perron, EDM arrows-147753_640 (19)
  44. Logan Couture, SJ arrows-147753_640 (23)
  45. Drew Doughty, LA arrows-147753_640 (35)
  46. Bryan Little, WPG arrows-147753_640 (39)
  47. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins arrows-147753_640 (42)
  48. Niklas Kronwall, DET arrows-147753_640 (48)
  49. Rick Nash, CLB up-97614_640 (NR)
  50. Radim Vrbata, PHX arrows-147753_640 (47)

Off December 13 List: Alexander Steen*, STL (3); Evgeni Malkin*, PIT (6); Brent Seabrook, CHI (13); Jason Garrison, VAN (24); Brad Richards, NYR (32); Jordan Eberle, EDM (40); Mike Ribeiro, PHX (41); Ryan Kesler, VAN (43); Johan Franzen, DET (44); Jason Spezza*, OTT (45); Mike Richards, LA (49); Jeff Skinner, CAR (50)


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