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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

HYPE LIST: Top 10 Non-Penguin Players


The Pittsburgh Penguins have been gifted by the Hockey Gods more than a handful of times with talent. Lemieux, Jagr, Francis, Coffey, Murphy, Crosby, Malkin, Fleury, and now Phil EFFIN' Kessel. It's impossible to make any "best in the NHL" list and not include any Pens. What about players NOT dressed in Black and Gold? Well, I asked the PensInitiative staff and this is who they picked.



Sean Griffin: (fun fact: he played "Dancing Penguin #4) in a local theatrical adaption of Happy Feet)
  1. Alex Ovechkin
  2. Carey Price
  3. John Tavares
  4. Jonathan Toews
  5. Duncan Keith
  6. Ryan Getzlaf
  7. Steven Stamkos
  8. Drew Doughty
  9. Viktor Hedman
  10. Vladimir Tarasenko
Beth Mincin: (fun fact: her least favorite color balloon is green)
  1. Alex Ovechkin
  2. Steven Stamkos
  3. Jamie Benn
  4. John Tavares
  5. Claude Giroux
  6. PK Subban
  7. Drew Doughty
  8. Eric Karlsson
  9. Carey Price
  10. Pekka Rinne
Brian Keenan: (fun fact: he puts double salt on his soft pretzels and calls it a "Keenan")
  1. Alex Ovechkin
  2. Steve Stamkos
  3. Johnathan Toews
  4. John Tavares
  5. Claude Giroux,
  6. Duncan Keith
  7. Drew Doughty
  8. Henrik Lundqvist
  9. Eric Karlsson
  10. PK Subban
Paul Clemente: (fun fact: he wears turquoise jewelry around the house)
  1. Steven Stamkos
  2. Duncan Keith
  3. Johnathan Toews
  4. Corey Perry
  5. Jaime Benn
  6. Anze Kopitar
  7. Vlad Tarasenko
  8. David Backes
  9. Marian Hossa
  10. Drew Doughty
Ryan Noble: (fun fact: he is developing an app which allows you to talk to owls)
  1. Aaron Ekblad
  2. Mark Scheifele
  3. Bryan Little 
  4. Tanner Pearson
  5. Kyle Clifford
  6. Alexander Burmistrov 
  7. Michael Hutchinson
  8. Dalton Prout
  9. B.J Crombeen
  10. Joseph Blandisi
(Ryan confused this list of best NHL players with favorite Barrie Colts in the OHL)
Chris Barron: (fun fact: he won second place in a butter sculpting competition)
  1. Steven Stamkos
  2. Alex Ovechkin
  3. Patrick Kane
  4. Drew Doughty
  5. Carey Price
  6. PK Subban
  7. Claude Giroux
  8. Jonathan Tavares
  9. Tyler Seguin
  10. Jamie Benn
Liz: (fun fact: she is the east coast's premiere cheeseburger sommelier) 
  1. Johnathan Toews
  2. Patrice Bergeron
  3. Steven Stamkos
  4. Duncan Keith/Drew Doughty
  5. Claude Giroux
  6. Anze Kopitar
  7. Ryan Getzlaf 
  8. Alex Ovechkin
  9. Corey Perry
  10. Shea Webber
Brian Blystone: (fun fact: he can't pronounce the word "cinnamon")
  1. Steven Stamkos (TBL) - One of the most dynamic skaters in the game. Never lets up. Single-handedly make Tampa Bay legit.
  2. Vlad Tarasenko (STL) - Most consistently unpredictable offensive threat in the game today. Nightly highlight reel.
  3. Claude Giroux (PHI) - Incredible drive, frustrates opposition, better leader than most in Pittsburgh would give him credit for.
  4. Matt Niskanen (WSH) - He's Matt God-damned Niskanen.
  5. Alex Ovechkin (WSH) - Nobody can stop him from scoring even knowing where he'll be.
  6. Brent Burns (SJS) - Lethal combination of physical and skilled. Also sexiest player in the game today.
  7. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) - Solid spokesmen for the league. More solid in net.
  8. Marian Hossa (CHI) - Real age unknown, keeps scoring goals.
  9. Joe Pavelski (SJS) - Underrated leader of the Sharks, dynamic skating/scoring ability.
  10. Wayne Simmons (PHI) - Feisty as hell, pain in the Penguins' collective asses.
Ken Clawson: (fun fact: he loves hoagies)
  1. Patrick Kane
  2. Steven Stamkos
  3. Shrek Ovechkin
  4. Jamie Benn
  5. Carey Price
  6. PK Subban
  7. Claude Giroux
  8. John Tavares
  9. Rick Nash (we share a love of hoagies)
  10. Vladimir Tarasenko
Nicholas Case: (fun fact: thinks water is a snack)
  1. Alexander Ovechkin
  2. Patrick Kane
  3. Steven Stamkos
  4. Carey Price
  5. Drew Doughty
  6. Claude Giroux
  7. John Tavares
  8. P.K. Subban
  9. Jamie Benn
  10. Vladimir Tarasenko
Olivia Ordonez: (fun fact: she has never ridden a horse)
  1. Alex Ovechkin
  2. Steven Stamkos
  3. John Tavares
  4. Vladimir Tarasenko
  5. Anze Kopitar
  6. Erik Karlsson
  7. PK Subban
  8. Mark Giordano
  9. Anton Stralman
  10. Carey Price

*all fun facts are fabricated

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