SIDNEY CROSBY, Penguins
For all his
attributes, it's how he sees a play developing that makes the center
transcendent. Says winger Colby Armstrong, "He tells me I was open. I tell
him I wasn't. I look at the film, and he's right."
CHRIS DRURY, Rangers
No butterflies in
this stomach. Drury's ethereal calm when the game is on the line helps explain
why the eight-year veteran has so many clutch goals--including 15
game-winners--in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
SHELDON SOURAY, Oilers
No contest. His
shot hit 100 mph in the All-Star skills competition, and no one's slapper is
more lethal in games than Souray's. His 19 power-play goals last season set a
record for defensemen.
DEREK BOOGAARD, Wild
They don't call
him the Boogey Man for nothing. His single-blow KOs are legend, and there are
few players left who will even fight him. The reach of the 6' 7"
270-pounder is as scary as his power.
ALEX OVECHKIN, Capitals
6' 2", 220-pound winger has astonishing balance: Once last season he cut a
turn so tightly while carrying the puck that the rivets fastening the blade to
his boot popped loose.