Puck Daddy Gives Its Top 10 NHL Players of 2012…and We Give Ours

Harrison Mooney writes for Puck Daddy and, this morning, he gave us the top 10 NHL players of 2012.

Fuck Harrison Mooney. Not literally, but who is he to give us a list, even if he most definitely got #1 right. Just the fact he would put Ilya Kovalchuk on the list (for Kings fans asking, “that name sounds familiar, wasn’t he the one that chose New Jersey for its schools?”) forever tarnishes his opinion and defiles his results.

As a means of tarnish removal, we have our own list.

Here is the Surly & Scribe top 11 NHL players of 2012…

I had an extra one and needed a place to put him.

11. Mike Smith: Prick, a bit of a diver but the Phoenix Coyotes aren’t dick without him. “Can’t stop ‘em all Smith” are the words that always bring a smile to my face when I watch the LA Kings DVD. Who spoke that? Was it Jeff Carter?

10. Scott Hartnell: “What?!” Fuck you. What can’t Scott Hartnell do? While you are sitting there and looking at stats, I am looking at the all around player. He was and is a terrific hockey player and, akin to what we Kings fans covet in our forwards, plays both ends of the ice.

9. Claude Giroux: I almost didn’t include him, mostly because I don’t care for him all that much but there is no denying the talent and production. Still though, you heard it here first, he won’t be the superstar everybody makes him out to be year in and year out…I will patiently await the wrath of Flyers fans. I won’t even lash back…we did win the Stanley Cup thanks, in part, to their former captain and leading scorer so there is no reason to remind them of that.

8. Patrice Bergeron: One of the most underrated centers in the league. Plays both ends of the ice and can do it all.

7. Steven Stamkos: A fucking goal scoring machine.

6. Dustin Brown: The 1a MVP of the playoffs. That alone is enough to land him on this list. Captained our Kings to the Cup. What more do you want?

5. Zdeno Chara: He is nearly as old as I am and he is still a stud. He can score, pile up assists, play solid defense and be a physical force. He is a leader for a reason and one impressive all around hockey defenseman. His 2011-2012 performance verifies that once again.

4. Anze Kopitar: There isn’t a single center I take over Anze and that isn’t the bias talking. Kopitar has become money and 2012 was his breakout year. The fact he didn’t win the Selke is a travesty.

3. Henrik Lundqvist: I don’t give a shit how good-looking the ladies think he is, he lacks Surly’s ferocity. He is a better goalie than Surly though and I am not sure the Rangers go very far this season without him…he can back up Jonathan Quick anytime.

2. Evgeni Malkin: Ugly as all hell but, man, can this guy dominate games. When he has those Lemieux moments, you really wonder if the Pittsburgh Penguins have sold their soul to land so many of the league’s superstars over the years…cheaters.

Tied for 2. Erik Karlsson: I admit that I have had a couple of dreams of Drew Doughty and Erik Karlsson on the same defensive pairing with our Kings…I woke up with a happy accident. What he does, going forward, remains to be seen but in 2011-2012, he was All-World.

1. Jonathan Quick: The god of hockey goalies this past season and playoffs. Nobody better. Nobody close. Nobody more valuable to his respective team. Nobody who took on the best of the NHL and kicked their collective ass more convincingly. “How about this fucking goalie!?”

Okay, so technically, that was a top 12 list. I make the rules.



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  1. It was Penncakes that taunted Mike Smith. I am also a fan of the “how the fuck did he see that?” from the St. Louis series. Great list.

  2. This FLyers fan couldn’t agree with you more about Giroux. And Richards would have made him a better player, due to being the heavy lifter, giving him more ice. Dean Lombardi was smart to recotgnize that Richards can take some weight off of a Koptiar or Giroux and the Kings will be reaping the rewards for years. As long as the Flyers are stuck with 3 more years (at 7 mill per) of Danny ‘sucks defensively’ briere as their 2nd line center (where he’s slotted ths year with Schenn at LW- who is also horrid defenziely and makes extermely boneheaded decisions in his own zone) the Flyers willcontinue to either miss the playoffs (which they will this year) or exit early. Scoring 6 goals because you give up 4 the other way does not a champion make. Neither Giroux or Briere can defend their zone, lose most of their board battles and can’t handle man to man coverage. And being on the small side, they get manhandled easily.
    I like Karllson, exicting fast, great pucki handler, but doesn’t play in all game situations yet, that might change. I wouldn’t call him All Worldbased on scoring. I disagreed with his winning the Norris as that is supposed to go to the best Dman in all game situations, Karllson doesn’t do much PK and I don’t think he’s better than Weber or Chara (Or in last years case Lindstrom even) esp in defending the zone I bet if you asked some of the premier forwards in this league who they would least lke to face going into the zone, it wouldn’t be Karllson. But those points he racked up were eaten up by the voters Iguess.
    Love Stamkos, 22 and 180 goals scored.-amazing I love watching him play, the most exciting player in the league coming down the ice. ANd he takes care of himself, a total fitness nut with an extreme routine and that ahs paid off for him. Agree 100% about Bergeron, a 2 way stud, the best 2 way forward in the game. I also think Jordan Stahl is undertated in that regard, I think he’ll emerge in Carolina this year (or lack thereof) as a dynamic 2 way player. He’s really good and I don’t think got the spotlight he deserved in Pitts due to playing behind Malking and Crosby.
    Good list…

    • “I like Karllson, exicting fast, great pucki handler, but doesn’t play in all game situations yet, that might change. I wouldn’t call him All Worldbased on scoring. I disagreed with his winning the Norris as that is supposed to go to the best Dman in all game situations, Karllson doesn’t do much PK and I don’t think he’s better than Weber or Chara (Or in last years case Lindstrom even) esp in defending the zone I bet if you asked some of the premier forwards in this league who they would least lke to face going into the zone, it wouldn’t be Karllson. But those points he racked up were eaten up by the voters Iguess.”

      Damn, Dierdre, you really have a strong analytical style. Love the way you think.

      • Thanks. Sometimes loving hockey this much is a curse. Guess what fool was up 3 x this past week at 430 am (and twice on days where I was going t work) to watch the WJC (when Canada or US played). I like to see which of the future stars of tomorrow play better in pressure situations, like the WJC, and which don’t. Sometimes you can find a player who isn’t necessarily the most elite skill wise, but is a beast and thrives in pressure, a real difference maker and someone you can count on in big games aka a money player. Off Topic, but the US has a 5’6 player named Rocco Grimaldi who is fun to watch what he lacks in height he makes up for in heart, hustle and grit.

  3. Definitely that was CArter, loved the swagger of that. I also would not piut Smith on the lsit because for every save he

  4. weirdneess, I went to delete some capitalization and it took the post and entered the remainder…whatever. What I was saying was for every great save, Smith did too many of the “arms spread and palms up” gesture, which says he never saw the puck, but also comes across as blaming his defensemen and supposed teammates for screening him. Classless move, and speaking of that, his tantrum after his team was eliminated, at center ice, also brings the word “taint” into the conversation, and I do not mean he tainted his reputation. 12 person top ten? Fixed, now it’s 11. You’re welcome.

    • Just for that, I am making it 13…and as much as I want to kick Smith in the nuts, he was incredible during the regular season and stole a few games in the dogs’ playoff run. This isn’t a fucking popularity contest, X. It’s based on merit. :)

      • I’m just saying that all his behavior, while in uniform, on ice, during games, counts toward his value as a player. His huffish remonstrations approach scurrility. As for having a now-13-player top ten list, well, there are three kinds of people in this world; those that can count and those that can’t, and I am one of them, too.

  5. Love ya Bobby…making me laugh about Kovi..actually forgot he was even in the Finals :)
    Don’t know exactly how I would place them..but you have guys I would put on my list.
    Since I watched the Rangers for the last few years more then other teams I really got to appreciate Bramdon Prust…not in a top 10 or 12 or how many are you up to..but he is a All Heart…NY did wrong trading him.
    GO KINGS GO!!!
    WWTC!!!

  6. … I think it’s impossible to do these type of lists. How are we to know if the best goalie’s worth more than the best defenseman, or the best forward?

    If you want ten guys in a list, I think you have to go by position. Best twelve is the most fair, since you can include four guys per position.

    Best Defensemen … 1-Chara, 2-Doughty, 3-Weber, 4-Karlsson

    Best Forwards … 1-Malkin, 2-Kopitar, 3-Giroux, 4-Stamkos

    Best Goalies … 1-Smith, 2-Lundqvist, 3-Elliott, 4-Quick

    Chara’s the best defenseman in the game, but since writers generally don’t know how hockey works, he lost what was rightfully his. If anyone who saw the playoffs didn’t come away from it thinking Doughty was one of the best players, if not THE best in the World, I’m really not sure what that person was watching. Weber is the man most responsible for the Predators’ success over the last several years. Karlsson is a very fine player, but is clearly below the top three.

    Obviously, Malkin won the league MVP, and that’s a fine enough choice. But he really wasn’t that much better than Kopitar during the season, and Kopitar was better in the playoffs. Giroux isn’t too far off either one of the first two; he’s brilliant. Stamkos is probably the clearest example of one player being overrated and underrated at the same time. Crosby will almost certainly get back into the top four once he regains complete health … but who will he push to the side?

    Mike Smith – he was everything that people wrote about Jonathan Quick, except in Smith’s case it was actually true. Lundqvist had a terrific season; he’s as deserving as anyone for the top goaltending honors. Elliott was the best goalie in the NHL when he was asked to play. Quick was outplayed by two goalies in the playoffs (Schneider & Smith), yet won the Smythe Trophy. Again, what were people watching? I dunno. The commercials, perhaps? The network “experts”, probably.

    • Dutch.. being a bit tough on Quicker don’t you think? We see him play his eyeballs out and I think we get spoiled and expect that every time. He is an amazing talent..and I would not trade him for any other goalie out there! And I do like Lundqvist very much. Schneider.. no way.. Smith.. yes he showed some great goaltending ..til he hit Brownie.. he went right down the toliet after that.. negated any respect I had for him.. and I do hold grudges.. he is a POS.. that was inexcusable .. period.
      GO KING GO !!!
      WWTC!!!
      OH HAPPY NEW YEAR KINGS FANS!

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