Breaking Down What Makes the Top NHL Players so Effective

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Breaking Down What Makes the Top NHL Players so Effective
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The NHL has some of the world's greatest athletes, and the league's top players like Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin all have certain skills and strengths that make them effective.

For Stamkos, his amazing shot gives him an edge, Crosby has his vision and Malkin has a little of both.

Whenever you have to pick a select group of top players, there is no way to please everyone, and some players are left just on the outside looking in.

The criteria for selecting players will include players with trademark strengths, players who have been consistently good and players that are bona-fide superstars.

Statistics from this season only play a small role, and this list will contain a mixture of forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.

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