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 1) McDavid 2) MacKinnon 3) Crosby 4) Matthews 5) Point 6) Bergeron 7) Scheifele 8) Eichel 9) Tavares 10) Barkov HM: Draisaitl Monahan, Stamkos, Duchene, Lindholm Wing 1) Kucherov 2) Rantenen 3) Gaudreau 4) Ovechkin 5) Marner 6) Pastrnak 7) P. Kane 8) Panarin 9) Wheeler 10) Landeskog (+HM) HM: M. Tkachuck, Huberdeau, Kessel, Stone, Skinner Defense 1) Burns (+1) 2) Rielly (-1) 3) Giordano 4) Hedman 5) Letang 6) Chabot 7) Josi 8) Byfuglien 9) Carlson 10) 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. Rookies 1) Petterson 2) Dahlin 3) B. Tkachuk 4) Heiskanen 5) White 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 have missed something here having just relied on the paper stats for a bunch of these guys. After feedback, I will make any changes in an edit and highlight how those changes affected the overall rankings of all guys in the top-10 (+ or - from original position).