Top 10 players at each position at the mid-way mark

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    Since we are (roughly) half-way through the season, I thought it would be a good time to see which players are the absolute "cream of the crop" for their positions (centre, wings, defense and goal). NOTE: this is going by their "listed positions" on NHL.com, not necessarily where they play the bulk of their ice-time.

    Centre

    McDavid
    MacKinnon
    Crosby
    Matthews
    Point
    Bergeron
    Scheifele
    Eichel
    Tavares
    Barkov

    HM: Monahan, Stamkos, Duchene, Lindholm


    Wing

    Kucherov
    Rantenen
    Gaudreau
    Ovechkin
    Marner
    Pastrnak
    P. Kane
    Panarin
    Wheeler
    Skinner

    HM: M. Tkachuck, Landeskog, Huberdeau, Kessel


    Defense

    Rielly
    Burns
    Giordano
    Hedman
    Letang
    Chabot
    Josi
    Byfuglien
    Carlson
    E. Karlsson

    HM: Yandle, Jones, Barrie, Suter

    NOTE: I will totally admit that defense is the toughest here to order, particularly near the top. I think most people here have pretty similar top-5/top-10 lists but what you particularly value (passing, scoring, own-zone play ability to munch minutes) will shape how we order them.


    Goaltending

    Gibson
    Rinne
    Andersen
    Bishop
    Vasilevskiy
    Lehner
    DeSmith
    Halak
    Rittich
    Fleury

    HM: Hutton, Howard, Greiss, Dubnyk

    NOTE: This is also a tough one to rank since beyond just sv% you also have to look at what team/blue line they are playing behind as well as their volume of work. I tried to avoid just going by "name brand" here. Work-horses get favor from he here.



    So what do you guys think? What are your own mid-way of the season top-10 lists? If someone raises a convincing argument, I am totally willing to modify my lists; I admit, I don't regularly watch all 31 teams, so I might hve missed something here having just relied on the paper stats for a bunch of these guys.

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