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As promised, USA Today rankings and my ballot:

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See the previous blog entry for a roundup of other NHL rankings. The Pens are near the top for USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/2011-03-29-canucks-power-rankings_N.htm

My ballot:

1-      VAN

2-      PHI

3-      PIT

4-      SJS

5-      DET

6-      BOS

7-      WSH

8-      PHX

9-      NSH

10-   NYR

11-   LAK

12-   CHI

13-   ANA

14-   TMP

15-   MTO

16-   DAL

17-   CGY

18-   BUF

19-   CAR

20-   NJD

21-   TOR

22-   ATL

23-   CLB

24-   STL

25-   MIN

26-   NYI

27-   FLA

28-   OTT

29-   COL

30-   EDM

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MVP

1 – Marc-Andre Fleury (Penguins)

2 – Jonathan Toews (Blackahawks)

3 – Corey Perry (Ducks)

4 – Daniel Sedin (Canucks)

5 – Nicklas Lidstrom (Red Wings)

GOALIES

1 – Tim Thomas  (Bruins)

2 – Henrik Lundqvist (Rangers)

3 – Marc-Andre Fleury (Penguins)

4 – Jonathan Quick (Kings)

5 – Carey Price (Canadiens)

DEFENSEMEN

1 – Nicklas Lidstrom (Red Wings)

2 – Keith Yandle (Coyotes)

3 – Christian Ehrhoff (Canucks)

4 – Shea Weber (Predators)

5 – Kris Letang (Penguins)

ROOKIES

1 – Logan Couture (Sharks)

2 – Jeff Skinner (Hurricanes)

3 – Sergei Bobrovsky (Flyers)

4 – Michael Grabner (Islanders)

5 – Derek Stepan (Rangers)

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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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