Picking the top-50 forwards in the NHL heading into the 2013-14 season turned out to be pretty tough. There are just so many different angles to consider. So many different little things that a forward can bring to the ice to change the outcome of a game.
Who is more valuable: Ryan Callahan, who will block shots and lay his body on the line to win? Or Phil Kessel, who is capable of scoring from just about anywhere inside the offensive zone but isn't exactly a monster in his own end.
The list of intangibles is staggering. The possible outcomes, endless. If there were an honorable mentions slide in play here, it could conceivably hold as many names as the list itself and still not appease everyone or include all the "correct" names.
We did our best to consider all facets of the game equally. A guy who prevents 50 goals a year is arguably just as valuable as the guy who scores 50, after all. Outside of the obviously elite players, everyone on this list is movable.
That's not a cop out. That's just the truth.
Joe Pavelski is listed as our No. 41, but he could conceivably muscle his way into the top-25 if the proper argument is made. The gap in talent between almost everyone here is razor thin, so if you think Player A should be 15 spots higher, odds are he could be.
At the end of the day though, at least we didn't forget Bobby Ryan.
All statistics appear courtesy of HockeyDB.com.