The last decade has been a tumultuous one for the NHL.
A complete season (2004-05) was lost to lock-out. Some all-time great players like Mario Lemieux, Peter Forsberg, Ray Bourque, Joe Sakic, and Steve Yzerman saw their careers come to an end.
Future and present greats like Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Evgeny Malkin, Henrik Zetterburg, and Mike Green got their careers off to rousing starts.
Who had the best decade, though? Who had the best ten-year career from Jan. 1, 2000, to Dec. 31, 2009?
It was an era that saw two cups each awarded to perennial playoff teams in Detroit and New Jersey. However, newcomers Tampa Bay, Carolina, and Anaheim also won their first and only Stanley Cups.
Alex Ovechkin was the only two time winner of the Hart Trophy during the decade, but he's also only played 365 games and scored 470 points.
Generally speaking, the best performers for any decade are going to have established themselves a year or two before the decade starts and play their prime seasons through that decade.
My list doesn't exactly conform to that criteria, but mostly those are the type of players that I landed on my best ten NHLers of the 2000's list.