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USA Today rankings and my votes.


Greetings from Sunrise, Fla., dear readers. I had Sunday to say my piece about the MVP race at the quarter pole: Thing is, some emails received today suggest quite a few people don’t seem to agree with me about the guy who got my vote in this week’s USA Today team/player rankings. (Oh, to be loved/loathed.)Speaking of which… those rankings, and my ballot are below; so send the shots my way:

= USA Today’s bi-weekly rankings:

= Rossi’s ballot, sent Monday morning:

1 – DET 2 – WSH 3 – BOS 4 – LAK 5 – PHI 6 – MTL 7 – VAN 8 – STL 9 – PIT 10 – CLB 11 – COL 12 – SAN 13 – PHX 14 – TMP 15 – DAL 16 – ANA 17 – CHI 18 – NSH 19 – MIN 20 – NYR 21 – ATL 22 – CAR

23 – OTT 24 – BUF 25 – FLA 26 – TOR 27 – CGY 28 – EDM 29 – NJD 30 – NYI



1 – Sidney Crosby, PIT

2 – Steven Stamkos, TMP

3 – Tim Thomas, BOS

4 – Nicklas Lidstrom, DET

5 – Daniel Sedin, VAN



1 – Tim Thomas, BOS

2 – Carey Price, MTL

3 – Jonathan Quick, LAK

4 – Sergei Bobrovsky, PHI

5 – Niklas Backstrom, MIN



1 – Nicklas Lidstrom, DET

2 – Kris Letang, PIT

3 – John-Michael Liles, COL

4 – Dan Boyle, SJS

5 – Mike Green, WSH



1 – Jeff Skinner, CAR

2 – Tyler Ennis, BUF

3 – Logan Couture, SJS

4 – John Carlson, WSH

5 – Jordan Eberle, EDM


Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.


  1. Dan says:

    Mike Green for defensemen MVP?

    Are you a fan of his website or something? ha

  2. pensfan says:

    USA Today Rankings lost all respect with this weeks MVP vote. How can folks on the panel vote for Ovechkin for MVP when he is not performing and is being outplayed/scored by Semin and his team has just gotten KO’ by Atlanta and Philly with Ovechkin scoreless????

    The best they can quote as reasons for vote is Ovie has 3 game winning goals???? A quick check of the stats on suggests that as of 11/23/2010 three players had 4 game winners (Stamkos, Rick Nash and Dustin Byfuglin {who would be a MVP for Atlanta]) and 13 others had 3 game winners. Yeah…that stat really makes Ovechkin stand out. lol. Major FAIL USA today.

  3. Rob,

    I loved your piece on Crosby the other day. I said after last year that he is consistently underrated. I’m not sure if you saw, but on Ryan Lambert wrote an article which was a response to your article basically claiming you were insane for making this claim.

    On my blog ( I wrote a response to Lambert’s article using objective statistics to refute his claim and agree with your original article. I know your busy, but check it out if you get a chance.

    I love the blog and check it out daily–keep up the good work

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