The Signature Highlight from the NHL's Top 10 Stars

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IJuly 29, 2013

The Signature Highlight from the NHL's Top 10 Stars

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    The NHL is full of stars such as Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos, guys who make highlight reels month after month. These players have amazing skill sets, and there are certain highlights that sum up each player in a nutshell.

    It is always hard to take 10 players and put them on a pedestal above all other players, but here are the NHL's top 10 stars and each of their signature highlights.

    There are a number of players that could be chosen, but the top 10 list was assembled by selecting players who are capable of playing a well-rounded game. Statistics were taken into account for the past two seasons, because a shortened season is not a big enough sample size.

Honorable Mention: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

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    Goalies don't get the recognition that they deserve, but two goalies will be given their due with an honorable mention.

    Jonathan Quick is one of the NHL's most athletic goaltenders. He is agile between the pipes and can make a save from just about any position. Quick is a rock for the Los Angeles Kings, and he was the reason the team won the Stanley Cup in 2012.

    This amazing paddle save is a great representation of Quick's overall skill, and it was a crucial moment in the game for the Kings during the Stanley Cup Final.

Honorable Mention: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

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    Year in and year out, Henrik Lundqvist has been one of the NHL's top goaltenders. He is the winningest goaltender since the lockout, and he already has a Vezina Trophy to his name.

    The New York Rangers' franchise netminder is known for his athleticism and flexibility, and this highlight adequately sums up what type of player Lundqvist is. Lundqvist is currently in the middle of his prime, and he has a lot of great hockey left in him.

Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

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    Evgeni Malkin is a skilled power forward who loves to use his size, strength and speed. He is one of the Pittsburgh Penguins' most dynamic contributors, and this goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning sums up Malkin's game in a nutshell.

    Malkin cuts up the ice with great speed in this clip, but he was able to maneuver around the Tampa Bay defense without losing control of the puck. He then finished strong with a great shot. This highlight is very apropos of Malkin's all-around game.

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

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    Steven Stamkos is the NHL's most lethal goal scorer, and he is an explosive offensive player. The only thing faster than Stamkos' shot are his legs, and in this clip, he moves up the ice like "lightning" (pun intended).

    The Tampa Bay Lightning's franchise player is the future face of the NHL, and it seems like everything he does is highlight reel worthy.

Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings

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    Pavel Datsyuk is a magician with the puck, and he is just a freak of nature in general out on the ice. The Magic Man always is capable of making moves with virtually no space, and despite his size of 5'11", he always manages to push his way through the opposition.

    Datsyuk is always in control when he has the puck, and this mastery of the Nashville Predators is just downright filthy.

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

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    Jonathan Toews is one of the NHL's top two-way players. The Chicago Blackhawks captain is a great leader, and he has guided his team to two Stanley Cups.

    Toews does whatever is asked of him, and that allows him to score goals like this. Toews was killing a penalty, and by sacrificing his body, he generated a breakaway in which he scored a sweet shorthanded goal.

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins

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    Zdeno Chara is a selfless player who is the ultimate team player. The Boston Bruins captain sets an example for everyone to follow, and that is one his best attributes.

    In this highlight, Chara sacrifices his well being in order to secure a series victory.

    Chara dropped down to block a shot, and he ultimately took a kick to the head while in a prone position. While he may be known for his booming slap shot and hellacious body checks, this highlight sums up what Chara means to the Bruins.

Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

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    Erik Karlsson is a dynamic defender for the Ottawa Senators with a bright future. The Ottawa Senator blueliner is one of the best skaters in the league, and he possesses great vision and hands.

    When Karlsson combines all of his skills, magic happens, and that is exactly what took place during this clip. Karlsson uses his mobility to strafe with the puck, and then he finds Jason Spezza and hits him with a cross-ice pass.

    It took tremendous resolve and courage to come back from a seemingly season-ending injury in 2012-13, and Karlsson's intangibles make him a top NHL star.

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

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    Sidney Crosby is the NHL's top star, and he has thousands of highlight videos featuring his wizardry. Crosby is a great skater, passer and shooter who can make the most ordinary plays looks extraordinary.

    Sid the Kid has been dazzling since making his NHL debut, but that didn't stop him from taking things up a notch when he re-debuted in this clip.

    This highlight epitomizes why Crosby is one of the best in the world, and it is just mind-boggling that he pulled this move off after a lengthy absence from the NHL.

Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers

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    Claude Giroux is an elite playmaker who has unexpectedly blossomed for the Philadelphia Flyers. The past two years have been amazing for Giroux, and he has averaged over a point per game.

    Giroux is a versatile forward who can play center or wing, and he can beat opponents with his speed, shot or amazing passing ability. This clip is a great display of Giroux's amazing shot, and it proves why he is an elite NHL player.

Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

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    Both the Sedin twins are special individuals, but Henrik is a shade better than his brother Daniel. Henrik is the captain of the Vancouver Canucks, a three-time All-Star and he has won an Art Ross and Hart Trophy. 

    While Sedin is known for his elite playmaking abilities, he is a three-zone player who is excellent on faceoffs. Although the Canucks haven't had a ton of playoff success, Sedin is still one of the top players in the NHL.

John Tavares, New York Islanders

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    John Tavares is finally starting to get the recognition he deserves. Of the most recent No. 1 overall draft picks, Tavares has had minimal media attention. It is partially because Tavares' team, the New York Islanders, has been considered a laughing stock for the better part of the last two decades.

    That changed this past season when the Islanders made the playoffs and gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a run for their money. Tavares had a strong regular season, and he was one of the best players for his team during the playoffs.

    Heck, Tavares was even nominated for the Hart Trophy, and that should be a sign that things are looking up for the former London Knight.

    Tavares is a gifted playmaker with great instincts, and he could really put himself on the map with a strong 2013-14 campaign.