As the calendar year comes to a close, we take a look at the 50 best players in the NHL today.
First, a few ground rules. If a player retired after last season (think Nicklas Lidstrom), they aren't eligible to be on this list. Neither is Tim Thomas, who had decided to sit this season out even before the owners locked out the players September 15.
The list is based on talent and performance, not on reputation. An older player may not be as high on this list as some people believe he should be because he is on the downside of his career and is no longer playing at the level he once was.
Feel free to weigh in with players you feel I miss, but please back it up with reasons why you feel your player belongs and roughly where on the list you feel they should be.
Here's a look at the NHL's 50 best players of 2012.