With the 2017 NHL All-Star game having come and gone, the list of the greatest 100 players in NHL history was unveiled to the public. There were many on the list that weren’t surprises, like anyone from the Oilers and Islanders dynasty years. But there were a few honored with the title, and a few that were left off the list that came as a shock to some fans.
What was unique about the list is it was a blend of all the different generations of hockey players, from the first to put on the NHL logo, to the ones that are playing the game today. Although current players like Jaromir Jagr, Sidney Crosby, and Alexander Ovechkin did not come as a shock, other current players did. The Chicago Blackhawks had three current players added to the illustrious list; Jonothan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Duncan Keith. Although I believe these are great players in their own right, I do not agree with them getting the honor over some other current players in the league.
Take Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin for instance. Although I may be biased because I am a Penguins fan, Malkin has proven to be a greater forward than Jonothan Toews. What Toews does have an edge of Malkin is in Stanley Cups, where Toews and the Blackhawks have one more than Malkin and the current Penguins. It is nothing short of impressive that the Blackhawks have won three cups since 2010, but winning the cup is a team effort. I belive that Malkin is statistically better and more consistently than the Chicago captain.
Another guy that was snubbed from the list is San Jose Shark Joe Thornton. As someone who has never won a Stanley Cup, Joe Thornton is often times overlooked in the greatest race. Thornton has recorder 1,372 points in the 1,417 games he has played, but no cup. Like I mentioned earlier, teams win cups, not individuals. As one of the greatest passers the game has ever had, he should be rewarded with a spot of the greats list.
The list is something that symbolizes players who have changed the game by the way they played. I don’t agree with having six current NHL players if you are going to make three of them from one team, no matter how many cups they have won. I have a feeling this season and next, if Thornton continues to play, him and Malkin among many others who were left off the list will make sure they show that they deserved a spot.