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The NHL rankings roundup, with my ballot.

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Stepping away from the latest controversy surrounding C SIDNEY CROSBY, now seems a good time to hit up a look at the NHL rankings.

= ESPN has the Penguins at No. 5: http://espn.go.com/nhl/powerrankings

(Also, check out Chipped Ice friend Pierre “All Powerful” LeBrun for a make-you-think take on the Crosby situation: http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/3632/the-real-story-underlying-the-sidney-crosbyall-star-saga)

=Canada’s TSN puts the Penguins at No. 4, with NHL Awards candidates for every team: http://www.tsn.ca/fantasy_news/rankings/nhl/

=CBS’ Sportsline slides the Penguins to NO. 7: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/story/14562922/power-rankings-soaring-flyers-still-just-under-radar

= A fourth-place ranking for the Penguins with USA Today’s rankings, with my ballot to follow after the link. Note: The panelists were asked to pick their ASG captains, alternates and first pick, so you’ll see my selections for those with my ballot. Anyway, the USA Today rankings: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/2011-01-17-power-rankings-all-star-captains_N.htm

And, the Rossi ratings for USA TODAY, in interest of full disclosure:

All-Star Captains: Eric Staal (CAR), NICKLAS LIDSTROM (DET)

Alternates: Jonathan Toews (CHI), Henrik Sedin (VAN), Dan Boyle (SJS), Sidney Crosby (PIT)

“Staal, an underappreciated star, deserves the ‘C’ in his home rink, where a banner hangs because of his efforts. Lidstrom remains the standard at his position despite being 40. Plus, he has history, having won the Cup once against Carolina. I like that symmetry.

“The alternates are the captain of the reigning champs, the reigning MVP and scoring champion, a longtime and standup veteran on the blue line, and the game’s best player.”

First pick: Steven Stamkos (TMP)

“He has joined the discussion of best players in the world with a second consecutive dominant goal-scoring season. I see him developing into a Crosby-like player – one who rises to the occasion in big moments, a winner. Many past NHL greats have used an All-Star Game to announce their superstar presence to the world. I suspect Stamkos will be that player in this game.”

 

NHL Rankings for 1/17/11

1 – PHI; 2 – VAN; 3 –DET ; 4 – PIT; 5 – DAL; 6 – NYR; 7 – BOS; 8 – MON; 9 – TMP; 10 – WSH

11 – NSH; 12 – COL; 13 – PHX; 14 – ANA; 15 – CHI; 16 – ATL; 17 – CAR; 18 – MIN; 19 – STL; 20 – LAK

21 – SJS; 22 – FLA; 23 – BUF; 24 – CLB; 25 – CGY; 26 – TOR; 27 – TOR; 28 – OTT; 29 – NYI; 30 – NJD

 

MVP

1 – Sidney Crosby, PIT

2 – Steven Stamkos, TBL

3 – Brad Richards, DAL

4 – Nicklas Lidstrom, DET

5 – Ryan Kesler, VAN

GOALIES

1 – Carey Price, MTO

2 – Tim Thomas, BOS

3 – Jonas Hiller, ANA

4 – Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT

3 – Jonathan Quick, LAK

DEFENSEMEN

1 – Kris Letang, PIT

2 – Nicklas Lidstrom, DET

3 – John-Michael Liles, COL

4 – Dustin Byfuglien, ATL

5 – Brent Burns, MIN

ROOKIES

1 – Sergei Bobrovsky, PHI

2 – Jeff Skinner, CAR

3 – Logan Couture, SJS

4 – Tyler Ennis, BUF

5 – Taylor Hall, EDM

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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.

 
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