Evgeni Malkin has been crowned the best player in the National Hockey League according to the annual “Top 50 Players in the NHL” list. The Top-50 list was unveiled in the annual The Hockey News Yearbook, which hit newsstands this month in advance of the 2012-13 National Hockey League season.
Evgeni Malkin was last year’s Hart Trophy winner as the league’s most valuable player. He was also the Pearson Award winner as the most outstanding player and the Art Ross Trophy winner as the league’s best scorer. After the NHL season, he was named the IIHF World Championships Most Valuable Player and Best Forward.
Malkin is joined by Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux and Jonathan Quick in the top-5. Quick is the highest-ranked goaltender while Drew Doughty (sixth overall) is the highest-ranked defenceman.
Of note, the three youngest players on the list are 21-year-old John Tavares (18th overall), 19-year-old Gabriel Landeskog (45th) and 20-year-old Jeff Skinner (46th).