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The "Best Player In The World" debate is always a rich one, especially when coaches decide to weigh in on it. So while Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid contend for the throne like they're Cersei and Daenerys, Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher on Monday entered his own superstar into the fray: Two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson. "I think he's the best player in the world. Obviously, the Crosbys and McDavids are the top forwards in the world. Karlsson's the best defenseman in the world. Defensemen, being on the ice for 30-something minutes, have such an impact. That's why I see it this way," said Boucher of Karlsson, who is returning from injury for the Sens. "Those are the top players in the world. But I like my player." Of course, one should always be wary of a coach putting his own player over like this, lest one forget that Claude Giroux was once anointed as better than Crosby by former Flyers coach Peter Laviolette. Yeah, about that …

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN

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