The Hockey News 2010-11 Yearbook has been released, and that means the THN’s list of the top 50 players is out as well.
Brad Richards is the only Dallas player on the list, coming in at No. 28. He wasn’t ranked last year. In fact, no Dallas Star was on last year’s list.
Here’s what THN had to say about Richards, who had 91 points (24 goals, 67 assists) in 80 games last season:
Where ya been, big guy? After a couple of miserable, injury-plagued seasons, Richards re-emerged as one of the NHL’s top setup men and a 90-point scorer. He has a great ability to pass the puck, but he also shoots the well enough to play the point on the power play. The combination makes him dangerous with the extra man.
Richards ranked 11th among players THN listed at center. Ahead of him were Sidney Crosby, Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Toews, Henrik Sedin, Evgeni Malkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Steve Stamkos, Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards and Joe Thornton. Seven of those centers were ranked in the top ten players overall.
The top ten players on The Hockey News’ list are:
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh
Alex Ovechkin, LW, Washington
Ryan Miller, G, Buffalo
Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit
Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago
Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver
Duncan Keith, D, Chicago
Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh
Nicklas Backstrom, C, Washington
Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay