Philadelphia Flyers: Are Jaromir Jagr and Claude Giroux the NHL's Best Duo?
The Philadelphia Flyers are less than two weeks into their season and already their new offseason acquisitions are turning heads.
Ilya Bryzgalov has not lost a game in goal, Wayne Simmonds is a gritty forward who fits right in in Philly, and Jakub Voracek might be another Ville Leino. None, however, seem as impressive as Jaromir Jagr.
Sure, Jagr has not lit up the box scores, but his presence on the ice is incredible. His puck-handling skills immediately make the Flyers power play 10 times better than last year. His playmaking ability will surely make Claude Giroux a star in this league, or even more of a star.
Speaking of that duo, not many teams have two players that can light the lamp and create for each other like Jagr and Giroux can.
So far, it looks like they have tremendous chemistry, but are they one of the best duos in the league?
See where they rank on some of the best duos in the league.
7. Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin
If I were asked to write this list two years ago, the duo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would be at the top.
Fast forward to the present day, and these two young guns with so much potential now have their careers in jeopardy because of injury issues.
It will be interesting to see how Crosby, who may be back soon, returns to the ice both mentally and physically after missing a significant amount of last year with a serious concussion.
Malkin only played in 43 games last season and now in 2011 he has already been dealing with knee issues again.
What was so promising now has turned into a guessing game.
6. Philadelphia Flyers: Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr
Looking at the Flyers' stat sheet this season, you wouldn't think of Jagr and Giroux as one of the league's best tandems.
Giroux has racked up four goals and three assists thus far, while Jagr has four assists.
I say just wait til Christmas. By then, each player should be up near the league leader in points. Jagr has looked incredibly healthy through the first two weeks and the preseason.
He looks like he could get 70 points if he can start getting some more shots on goal. What makes me so excited with this duo is their chemistry. They both are pass-first players and are always looking for the open teammate. That usually results in success.
5. Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews
So young, yet so accomplished.
Jonathan Toews (23) and Patrick Kane (22) have held Lord Stanley's Cup already, and more championships are definitely in sight as long as this duo is kept intact in Chicago.
They say thunder and lightning is a good combination. With the speed and skills that these two have, what about just straight lightning and lightning?
These two youngsters have all the skills necessary to become the next Sedin/Sedin duo.
4. San Jose Sharks: Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau
Without a championship, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are just another dynamic duo.
With a Stanley Cup, they become a Hall of Fame duo.
The two have been together since 2005 and have been one of the best, if not the best, combos since then.
The only thing missing is a championship.
3. Tampa Bay Lightning: Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos
Ah, the combination of a crafty veteran and the skills and sheer talent of a young gun.
Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos is a duo to watch. St. Louis is more of a playmaker while Stamkos is just a downright sniper.
Stamkos' 45 goals last season was second in the league last year, only trailing Corey Perry's 50.
I think Tampa Bay fans are sure glad that management signed Stamkos to a long-term deal this offseason.
2. Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry
One duo that might jump out at people is this one. On the East Coast, teams like the Ducks and players like Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry don't get the attention that they deserve.
For how good they are, they still seem to be a silent, but deadly duo.
Perry led the league in goals last season, while Getzlaf had 57 helpers...and I'm sure a lot were to Perry.
1. Vancouver Canucks: Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin
Is this even a contest?
Daniel and Henrik Sedin are hands down the best duo in the NHL. The duo combined for 198 points last season, which was tops in the league for two teammates.
Daniel led the entire NHL with 104 points.
This season does not look like much will change. Both are already in the top 10 in points this year.
This duo is just scary. What makes them even more scary is when they have a player like Ryan Kesler or Alex Burrows on their line as well.