Who is the best forward in the NHL? Defenseman? Goaltender? Is Zach Parise better than Erik Karlsson? Would you rather have Phil Kessel or Tuukka Rask? Is Sidney Crosby better than…OK, fine, Sidney Crosby is better than everyone.
What follows is a list of the top 50 players in the NHL one quarter of the way through the 2013-14 season. It does not weigh the player's contract, age or team.
So please sit back and enjoy one man's arbitrary decisions, ranked from 50 to one, on the best of the best in the NHL.
All statistics courtesy of NHL.com and Hockey-Reference.com.