Subban No. 23 in THN’s top-50 player rankings; Price No. 48

The Hockey News has come out with its 2013-14 Yearbook in which it rates “The best 50 players in the NHL now.”

Two Canadiens made the list: defenceman P.K. Subban at No. 23 and goalie Carey Price at No. 48.

In its season predictions, THN has the Canadiens finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division behind Boston, Detroit and Ottawa and lists the Habs’ odds of winning the Stanley Cup at 23-1. The “X-Factor” for the Canadiens: “Most of the teams in the Canadiens’ division have upgraded in the off-season, but Montreal will remain in the playoff hunt if Price proves he’s an elite goaltender.”

THN has Pittsburgh and St. Louis meeting in the Stanley Cup final, with the Blues coming out on top.

The top 10 in the top-50 player rankings are, in order: Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Erik Karlsson, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane, Patrice Bergeron and Drew Doughty.

Other players ranked ahead of Subban are, in order: Pavel Datsyuk, Martin St. Louis, Jonathan Quick, Duncan Keith, Zdeno Chara, Claude Giroux, Ryan Sutter, Jeff Carter, Jason Spezza, Taylor Hall, Eric Staal and Anze Kopitar.

“The 2013 Norris Trophy winner won on the strength of his offensive and physical tools,” THN writes about Subban. “Now he has to show he can play the truly hard minutes like the penalty kill and log big ice time.”

Six goalies are ranked ahead of Price: Quick (No. 13), Henrik Lundqvist (24), Tuukka Rask (31), Sergei Bobrovsky (35), Craig Anderson (36) and Corey Crawford (38).

“Once considered the frontrunner for the No. 1 job with Canada’s Olympic team, Price needs to have a rebound season,” THN writes.

The magazine also has an article on Alex Galchenyuk under the headline “Centre of attention” speculating whether the teenager will be moved to his natural centre position this season from the wing.

“It’s a difficult position for a young player,” GM Marc Bergevin says of Galchenyuk playing centre. “We didn’t want to put a lot of pressure on him. We used him at centre (in the 2013 season) on a few occasions and he did a good job, but we feel that, for the time being, he’s better off on the wing.”

Subban announced on his Twitter account Sunday that “I am now officially on Instagram!” Price, who turned 26 on Aug. 16, will get married to his fiancée, Angela Webber, on Aug. 24.

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)



  1. hab fan in leaf jungle says:

    Subban deserves the ranking. Price is the worst goalie in the NHL.

  2. La Duke 16 says:

    I just received a signed Beliveau jersey as a gift over the weekend. Love it!

    Is there any question that he was the greatest HAB of all time?? 10 Cups and Captain for 5 of them!!!

    Enuff said!!

    Any doubters??

  3. rhino514 says:

    For the past two years, many posters here are clamouring for markov and gionta to not be re-signed or to be traded.
    Such posters even post that Plekanec is already close to being over the hill!
    I´ve never understood this; why are in people in such a hurry to get rid of our veterans? You need veterans on a good club and we are lucky to have these guys. Markov was top five in ALL defenceman last season, and Gionta is our most consistent forward, if not our best.
    Markov will be re-signed.
    Gionta will be re-signed unless he has a really bad year.
    For less term and less money, but they will be re-signed. We are lucky to have them.
    And Plekanec will be around afor a very long time yet.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Agree with you on Plekanec, he’s a keeper for another 5 years. Plekanec, Galchenyuk and Eller down the middle works for me. Which is why Desharnias is such a pain is the…

      Gionta is a class act and still a good player but it’s time to turn the page. Bergevin probably wants a new captain to represent his version of the Habs. There’s also the fact that the Habs are still too small in stature on some of their scoring lines.

      If Markov does have a strong start to the season maybe Bergevin tries to hold onto him? He looked good on the PP last year but beatable in the neutral zone and his end.

      Bergivin could quite possibly get a 1st rounder at the deadline for Markov and maybe Gionta as well.

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  5. Hobie Hansen says:

    So I’m guessing there’s about 3 weeks left before the boys start rolling in for physicals and all that jazz? The guys must report on Monday the 9th of September?

    Anyways, I could be off by a couple of days?

    The one thing I was looking at the other day is the logjam that’s starting to build on defence. It’s a little surprising that Bergevin resigned Bouillon and then Drewiske. I could see signing one, but both? I guess that’s an indication that he’s going to give guys like Beaulieu, Pateryn and Tinordi (when Emelin returns) one more year in the AHL?

    It isn’t beyond the realm of possibility that one or two of the three youngsters outperform Bouillon or Drewiske or both during the exhibition schedule.

    I think Tinordi, with his size, reach and physicality, is already an upgrade over Bouillon and Drewiske. And Pateryn is already 23-years-old so it’s about time this guy showed what he can do?

    And next year we’re going to have Dietz and maybe another young defenseman with a year of AHL experience as well.

    So something has got to give before the 2014/15 season? BAsed on their contract status, Markov will either be traded or at the worst, not be resigned. Bouillon will retire and Diaz might be moved or not signed as well. Emelin will be resigned.

    So the defence in 2014/15 will probably look something like this:


  6. HabFanSince72 says:

    The only TV show that’s held up since the days of my youth is Bugs Bunny. Even the Roadrunner has aged badly.

    On the topic of hockey. Let’s sign Kadri to an offer sheet.

    $4.5M for 5 years. It would cost us a first round pick (and a 3rd).

    If the Leafs match they lose Cody Franson.

    Win win.

    • Cal says:

      100% agree on the original Bugs Bunny toons. What they’re showing these days has been edited to death to ensure that children have no sense of humour.
      Signing Kadri is a dastardly plan worthy of Wile E. Coyote! Do it, MB!

      • Strummer says:

        Yes – need to order the “Acme” RFA offer kit

        “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

    • Habitforming says:

      I like the implications for the Leafs, just not what it means to our other players (like the guy that just won the Norris)

      Signing Kadri to a big money deal after whipping PK into a bridge deal and all the while Gallagher, Galchenyuk, Tinordi, Beaulieau are closely watching as their entry level deals come to an end Is a great way to lose the respect and trust of your players.

      I think it would be easier to trade for him, and thats not gonna happen either.

      • awesomerino says:

        Yeah, maybe go easy on the ‘whipping PK’ euphemism. I’m sure you didn’t intend it that way, but it reads pre-tty pre-tty racist.

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        $4.5M isn’t big money. Kadri had more goals and more points than every Hab last year. He’s comparable to Max and we’d be offering him Max-money.

        Signing him makes no sense for us because Kadri is a centre. We’d be doing this to force the Leafs’ hand (they would have to sign him) and then make an offer to Cody Franson.

    • awesomerino says:

      Love this.

    • on2ndthought says:

      It’s a Pollockian idea. Isn’t Kadri pretty much DD? Maybe a bit less set-up and a bit more sniper? We’d be over the cap, and have to deal a center for squat, plus lose the picks. It would make more sense for Washington, to replace Ribeiro.

      “a cannonading drive”

  7. ZURF says:

    Im watching nhl network and they’re showing game 7 habs/caps from a few years back.Even though I know the outcome I still need my hockey fix.

    “If ya ain’t wasted, the day is!”

  8. Sportfan says:

    The Maple Leaf owners were wrong in my mind to give Nonis an extension that big, for literally sitting in Burkes spot. All he has done is over pay some decent but not super star quality players and looks like an idiot now having to resign Kadri and Franson with less than 5 million in cap space. Bad move maybe we’ll watch more years of terrible leaf season!

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    • Marc10 says:

      Weird moves by the Leafs. They’ve got an interesting bunch of muckers, but I suspect they’ll find themselves in injury trouble quite often with an aging goon truculent squad.

      I don’t expect they’ll make the playoffs unless Bernier stands on his head.

  9. habsfan0 says:

    Carey Price is getting married next Saturday.
    I wonder if he has pre-nuptial jitters like he gets jitters before a big game?

  10. JTT says:

    There’s no good D-men to be had or I’m sure MB would have gotten one or two …

  11. Sportfan says:

    We are truly missing hockey here even a signing!

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  12. Marc10 says:

    I’ll say this about Chara. He’s often caught out of place an bailed out by his goalie. His Hal Gill reach makes up for it on occasion, but he was brutal (by his standards post lockout) right up until the playoffs where officiating took a break and made his life easy.

    I prefer Suter and Weber or even Subban and Doughty. IMO, those 4 D would look amazing playing for the scum of Beantown (which thankfully is not happening…)

    Chara is still in the conversation, but he’s not the giant juggernaut he once was.

  13. Mavid says:

    sorry I was at the cottage all weekend….28..and who still reads THN..its a rag..

  14. frontenac1 says:

    Coronation Street. It’s the best amigos.Its been on TV for almost 50yrs now Check it out.Classic!

    • ZepFan2 says:

      Front, it’s over 50 yrs. for Coronation street. Started in 1960 and still going strong!

      Ka is a wheel.

      “On we sweep, with threshing oar.
      Our only goal will be the Stanley Cup!” – Danno

      For Your Life

  15. John Q Public says:

    Is this the End ?

  16. frontenac1 says:

    @kotz. That would be cool. Oh yeah, Marley? Pure genius amigo. As well as Sinatra,Lennon,Hendrix,Johny Cash, and Ian Curtis.Saludos!

    • kotz says:

      Bob Marley has always been an inspiration for me, he was a peaceful force, the Larry Robinson of rastas, trying to end wars and battle among men 🙂

      Some more depth could have been useful in the playoffs this year against the Sens. There’s not much firepower or size up front with the Bulldogs (seems like most guys are 5’11”), and while Aliu is not exactly a scorer, he can defend his smaller teammates and replace a guy like Zach Stortini.

      In some situations, i’d certainly prefer any of them to White, Moen, Parros or Dumont as #12-13 forwards personnally.

      You can fool some people sometimes. But you can’t fool all the people all the times.

      – Bob Marley

    • habstrinifan says:

      Sam Cooke belongs in that group… he was a grat singer and songwriter.

  17. Habfan10912 says:

    Hi folks. Talk about bubbles bursting. Soaps? Zep? Twi? Front? I’ll never think of you guys the same. Now the Spanish channel has some excellent soaps. Don’t understand a word of Spanish but very entertaining none the less. CHeers guys.

  18. rhino514 says:

    “Vanderwal was bruised under the left eye and had a broken blood vessel in the eye. He also had a sore neck and scratches to his neck. VanGeffen was scratched under the right eye, and experienced soreness to his chest and wrist and scratches to both hands”

    Discusting. No kidding the Beaulieus don´t want to comment.
    Permanent eye damage can happen with a blow like that.

  19. kotz says:

    I wonder if Bergevin might send a few training camp invites to young UFAs still on the market as possible depth for the 4th line or Bulldogs.

    I wouldn’t mind giving a second chance to guys like Veilleux, Latendresse, Mueller or Aliu.

    You can fool some people sometimes
    But you can’t fool all the people all the times
    – Bob Marley

  20. frontenac1 says:

    @zep. Started watching it with my mum backed in the 60″s in black and white. Still watch it today and can’t stop. Just like a lot of sh#t I can’t stop. I like not stopping. What’s the point eh?Saludos!

    • ZepFan2 says:

      I started in the 70’s. She also got me hooked on General Hospital and Another World.

      Watched with her until she hit her late 80’s. Then she started preferring sleep over soaps.

      I still watch in her memory (and cause I’m hooked).

      Ka is a wheel.

      “On we sweep, with threshing oar.
      Our only goal will be the Stanley Cup!” – Danno

      For Your Life

  21. frontenac1 says:

    Anybody watch Coronation Street? I like it and I don’t care.What is wrong with me?

  22. frontenac1 says:

    Gorges should be the next captain. He and Markov were over used and gassed last season! Ship out Diaz and Drewskie and get some Real D.

  23. Dust says:

    Spotsnet magazine ranked PK the #2 fantasy defenceman behind only Karlsson

  24. Rad says:

    Subban is easily Top 10 in the world, not #23. And though Chara and Weber may be better defensively, P.K. is the best all-around defenseman in the game, IMO. His skating alone, is better than Chara and Weber’s combined. Subban is The Franchise in Montreal: Indomitable spirit, great competitor, great will to win. It is an absolute treat to watch this kid play with such joy and abandon. When P.K says he wants to win a Stanley Cup in Montreal, I tend to believe that he has the talent and the will to do just that — it’s not just empty words. Subban is the best chance Montreal has for seeing a parade down St. Catherine street in the next decade or so.

    • Phil C says:

      Nice post.

      The amazing thing is he has already won a Norris, yet I still think he has a lot of upside left. Once he figures out how to be more productive 5-on-5, he will be a true force at both ends of the rink.

  25. twilighthours says:

    Luuu-uuuke, did you run today? I did. Well, maybe not run so much as hike up a hill and fall down it. Went out for a course preview, plus a little extra, for this race:

    ~900m/3000ft of gain in about 12km. Took about 2 hrs 20 mins. A pretty good kick in the arse.

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