NICKLAS LIDSTROM, Red Wings
Norris Trophy winner and Detroit captain is like a chess grandmaster: He always
makes the right move and never leaves himself out of position. Teammates call
him "the perfect human."
SAKU KOIVU, Canadiens
He fought off
lymphoma in 2002 and came back from a 2006 left-eye injury that cost him some
peripheral vision. One measure of this captain's heart: his career-high 75
points last season.
JOE SAKIC, Avalanche
Quick, hard and
accurate. He'll unleash that wrister while streaking down the wing or even when
he's hovering at the point. Sakic rarely takes a slap shot, and his 610 career
goals say he rarely needs to.
JOE THORNTON, Sharks
He can feather a
pass at any distance and can settle a puck arriving at any speed. "Soft
hands--for a big man" is how he's often praised, but Thornton's mitts are
more supple than any little guy's.
MARIAN GABORIK, Wild
have slowed the winger since he was the fastest skater in the '03 All-Star
skills competition. But when he's healthy, no one goes from zero to blur--with
the puck--like Gaborik does.