Another decade of hockey is coming to an end as 2010 comes to an end when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. Over the past 10 years, hockey has become a more specialized, faster, stronger and more exciting global game with countless superstars going up in the blues.
It all started with Sidney Crosby’s “Golden Purpose” at the 2010 Winter Olympics and continued to see four teams dominate the NHL landscape as the Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins won many Boston Stanley Cup titles and wins The Bruins have one in three trips to the final. It was also one of the first since the Washington Capitals and St. The Louis Blues ended up in decades of drought to win the Cup, and the Golden Knights set up shop in Vegas before reaching the final of the Stanley Cup in their first season.
So, as we set toast to a new year and a new chapter in hockey, Sporting News hockey staff chose – some unanimously, some not – the NHL team for a decade.
(Note: All statistics are from the beginning of the 2009-10 season through games played on December 16, unless otherwise stated.)
Sidney Crosbyhttps: //images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ee/b7/sidney-crosby-06122016-getty-ftr_pz8mv3v818g81rlq6r91fdeb5.jpg? T = -1726997021 & w = 500 & quality = 80
Promotion: Sidney Crosby
Why it’s here: Crosby has played more than 100 games less than Patrick Kane, but has been at his point over the last decade with 836 in just 670 games. Kane has to jump on him before the calendar reaches 2020, but that’s only because Crosby is back with an injury – something that plagues him but hasn’t stopped him throughout his career. Crosby dominated the landscape in 2010 with the ability to score from anywhere, secreting the vision of ice, relentless drive and a backhand that is unparalleled in today’s game – while also missing plenty of time with injury.
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Adds to the Hall of Fame his resume with the second and third Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017 – taking on Conn Smythe on both occasions – and the second Hart Trophy of his career as MVP of the championship in 2014 – a runner-up for another five times a decade. In 115 playoff games, he has scored 123 points (42 goals, 81 assists) and is at the top with an impressive 1.07 points per game, which is the best among players who have skated in at least 30 postseason games.
The Penguins leader not only won two Trophy Trophies and an Art Ross Trophy, two Olympic gold medals (one of which, of course, is powered by his “Golden Goal”), a World Championship and a World Cup in the last 10 years, but he has he also uploaded the games of all his compatriots who looked like him. Add his work and dedication to the game development community, and it’s easy to say that Sidney Crosby has been an athlete in the game and on ice for the last decade.
With the numbers: Three NHL All-Star games. Three NHL star teams. Three NHL All-Star teams. Two Stanley Cups. Two Conn Smythe Trophies. Two Richard Trophies rockets. An Art Trophy Trophy. A bronze memorial.
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Promotion: Connor McDavid
Why it’s here: A brave talent who only plays in the fifth NHL season, the first 2015 first-round look creates roller-coaster games on a nightly basis. In 323 games, he has netted 431 points (148 goals and 283 assists) along with the NHL’s best 1.33 points-per-game total that hits everyone on the list by the water. When Wayne Gretzky was on the ice, his followers, teammates and opposition could only watch the awe and the same can be said for McDavid. His ability to go from 0 to 60 with flawless limb work is unprecedented and lifts to another level with his excellent ice look and hockey feel.
The youngest captain in NHL history, McDavid was also the third youngest player to win the Art Ross Trophy in 2017 when he led the NHL with 100 points. That same year he won the Trophy Hart. It followed that season with 108 points and another Art Ross Trophy in 2018. The season of the freshman, the superstar finished third in the voting for the Calder Trophy, only playing 45 games due to a broken key.
One of the most dynamic players in the game, he also led Canada to gold in the U18 World Championships (2013), the U20 World Championships (2015) and the Men’s World Championships in 2016. The player with the highest prizes in the league is worth his while. ten times. This year he leads the NHL in points (59) and his name is already in the mix – as he is every year – for the Hart Trophy.
With the numbers: Three NHL All-Star Games. Two Art Ross Trophies. Two Ted Lindsay Awards. Two NHL First Division teams. A bronze trophy. An NHL All-Rookie Team.
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Foward: Alex Ovechkin
Why it’s here: While Gretzky’s office was behind the net, “The Great 8” has his faceoff on the left. A pure shooter, Ovechkin not only brings a nose to the net but can also play the role of a grinder, leveling big hits on a solid basis. While not the greatest analyst in game history, he dominates the offensive end – with 460 goals in 795 games. For the past 10 years, Ovi has won six Rocket Trophies as the league’s top scorer, bringing a Stanley Cup to Washington, D.C. (and shared as champion), also winning the Trophies Conn Smythe and Hart.
Another member of the point-per-game (1.04) club, Ovechkin’s 824 points in the last decade includes 177 power-play goals and 302 total points for human advantage – leading the league in both categories. The 34-year-old has also won 74 top winners, including 16 overtime. The way Ovi’s weapons are not tired is staggering, as he has nearly 900 more shots in the net (3,608) from No 2 shooter Phil Kessel and has the highest shooting rate (12.8%). He is also proud to represent Russia and has led the national team to six medals in the last 10 years – two gold, two silver and two bronze – at the IIHF World Championships.
With the numbers: Six Richard Trophies rockets. Four NHL All-Star games. Four all-star NHL teams. Three NHL star teams. A Stanley Cup. A Conn Smythe prize. A Ted Lindsay Award. A bronze trophy.
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Defense: Drew Doughty
Why it’s here: Physical, defensive with aggressive upside – which is always good for a press release – too – Doughty has built an impressive resume over the last decade. In 806 games, he scored 110 goals and 462 points, good for fifth among NHL defenders. Not far behind the other blueliner on this list of all-time special teams (198 power-play points), but it has also garnered 26 game winners, with some being more memorable than others. During the 2012 World Cup he was tied at the top of the championship with 12 assists and led all defensemen in scoring (18 points) the year the Kings won in 2014.
Entering the NHL as a defensive tackle, the 2016 Norris Trophy winner and three-time finalist became one of the top defenders of the game. From 2009-10 to 2018-19, Doughty averaged 91.82%, which means the Kings’ goalkeepers posted a .918 percentage, earning the same percentage when they were on the ice. That’s not bad for a guy who also led the team in average ice time to a whopping 26 minutes and 31 seconds for the decade. Add that he finished with a CF% below 53.2 just once (in 2018-19) and it’s easy to say that the Stanley Cup double champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2016 World Cup champion as a top defender in the last 10 years.
With the numbers: Five NHL All-Star Games. Two Stanley Cups. Two NHL First Division teams. Two NHL All-Star teams. A Norris Trophy.
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Defense: Erik Karlsson
Why it’s here: A return to the days of Bobby Orr, Karlsson has dominated the offensive defenseman game for the last decade. In 714 career games, longtime Senator Ottawa and today’s San Jose Sark reported 132 goals and 588 points – 222 of those coming in the power play. Karlsson is the third highest scorer in Senator franchise history and leads Ottawa in games (627), goals (126), points (518) and points (195) since the portal fell in the 2009- season. 10. Two Norris Trophy winners over the past decade, the 2012 title saw him become the third defender to win the prize under the age of 23, while finishing tied for 11th in the NHL with 78 points (26 goals, 52 assists). ).
During his nine seasons in Ottawa, Karlsson led the team to points five times, including last year’s 2017-18 season when he finished tied with Mark Stone at 62. Two years earlier, he won the fight with Doughty’s colleagues for Norris when he led all NHL blueliners with 66 points. Doughty took him the following year, though Karlsson finished in the top four to score a league-high 82 points and became the first D-man to finish in the top five in Hall of Famer Paul scoring. Coffey in 1985-86. His 66 assists this year led the NHL, making him the first by Orr in 1974-75.
A six-year all-star selection and the top voter in 2012, his trade in San Jose in September 2018 is among the top stories in hockey in the last decade. While groin injuries plagued him last season, the 2014 Olympic silver medalist and his best defender in the tournament, still scored 45 points while averaging about 25 minutes a night.
With the numbers: Six NHL All-Star Games. Four first-team all-star NHL players. Two Norris Trophies.
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End: Pekka Rinne
Why it’s here: A great debate took place between SN’s executives when he arrived between the pipes, as he could easily go to someone like Marc-Andre Fleury or Henrik Lundqvist. However, when looking for it Rinne is the top choice. During 586 games in 2010, he recorded 321 wins (the second-highest), a .918 home run (tied for third best), a 2.39 goals-against average and 51 NHL-best wins.
The 2018 Vezina Trophy winner after finishing 42-13-4 with a 2.31 GAA and a .927 winning percentage, was also a three-time runner-up. In 2011-12, the Finn was a wall in the net leading the league with 43 wins, 1,987 wins and 73 games – and was a five-point juggernaut attack. A season before he was not only the runner-up in the top goalkeeper prize, he was also fourth in the Hart Trophy voting after the end of the second year among NHL guests in attack rate (.930) and third in the GAA (2.12). At that time Nashville put back its first playoff victory.
A finalist in 2014-15, tied for second with 41 wins along with a .923 winning percentage, the thrilling goalkeeper, who is impressive 6-5, led the Predators to the first – and only – final of the Stanley Cup in 2017. During the regular season, he won another 40-plus win season (42 to be exact), but was during the playoffs of the running team where he shines. Rinne went 14-8 with a 1.96 GAA and .930 earned run percentage in 22 playoff games before falling to the Penguins Crosby in six games.
The IIHF Men’s World Championship MVP of 2014 led Finland to a silver medal that posted a 1.88 GAA, 0.928, a percentage and three shutouts.
With the numbers: Three NHL All-Star Games. A Vezina Trophy. An NHL First All-Star team. A second NHL All-Star team.
Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville celebrates lifting the Stanley Cup after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game Six to win the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 15, 2015. (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/66/1c/joel-quenneville_1053y5xc6vm491vxux8raju2ew.jpg?t=-92662059&w=500&quality=80
Coach: Joel Quenneville
Today’s Florida Panthers coach, Quenneville, made a name for himself in “Windy City” as he led the Chicago Blackhawks to three Stanley Cups in 2010. In 719 games with Chicago since the 2009-10 season, he managed to compiled a 407-227-85 regular season and a 67-44 postseason record. A 2013 finalist for the Jack Adams Prize, Quenneville led the Blackhawks to the Presidents Trophy at the time.
Batting for fourth in coaching wins in 2010 with 423 total wins (with Alain Vigneault) between the Blackhawks and Panthers, his 407 wins with Chicago being the third with any franchise during his tenure (beginning of the 2009- season). 10 launch on November 6, 2018). With a team powered by Kane and Jonathan Toews, the club was also fourth in wins (.625), goals-per-game (2.97) and shots per game (32.4) over that stretch. Quenneville was only the second coach in the Blackhawks’ history to win 400 games and this season, after enjoying his time away, is back as a coach, heading to the Florida Panthers.
With the numbers: Three Stanley Cups.