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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