In the history of the NHL, there have been so many great players. To rank the 100 best ever is a daunting task.
When ranking these players, a number of things had to be taken into consideration. Obviously winning was a factor; having a championship on the resume helped. Leadership and being recognized by the game's media and the player's peers as one of the best at their position, either with postseason awards or All-Star game nominations, were also key.
Individual production was very important at every position, but that presented issues. It's hard to compare a player that led the league with 24 goals, and players that skated in an era when 250 goals was Hall of Fame-worthy, to some of the gaudy numbers that were put up during the 1980s and 1990s. So trying to put production into proper context was necessary in the assessment.
Finally, longevity mattered. There are players in the game today that are great, but just haven't done it long enough. Some other players put up ridiculous numbers, but missed time. Again, it's hard to look at players who skated 50-game seasons and compare them to an 82-game schedule, and it's hard to compare "physical" 5'11", 185-pound players with monsters like Zdeno Chara and Chris Pronger today.
But with all of that considered, here are the top 100 players in the history of the NHL. I look forward to the civil dialogue that follows.