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Crosby, Thornton and H. Sedin make’s all-time playmakers list

Sep 19, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Henrik Sedin, Joe Thornton and Sidney Crosby are among the 10 best playmakers in league history according to’s list.

Those active players join the likes of Wayne Gretzky (naturally No. 1), Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr on John Kreiser’s countdown of the game’s best passers.

Kreiser praises Sedin (No. 10) for the puck cycling methods he’s developed with his more trigger-happy brother Daniel, calling Henrik a “master down low.”

Thornton edges Chicago Blackhawks great Stan Mikita for the seventh spot, as Kreiser wonders if Jumbo Joe is the best pure passer in the sport.

Crosby grabs the highest rank of any active player at fifth overall, earning this description:

Like any great passer, Crosby often seems to have eyes in the back of his head. He came into the NHL with the uncanny ability to find open teammates seemingly without looking at them — making him nearly impossible to defend against.

Are there any active players who might deserve inclusion on the list instead of one (or more) of those three?

  1. sepiroth559 - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    In a few years, Giroux will be up there.

  2. sjtorpitt - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Jumbo>Crosby, in terms of playmaking.

  3. jwcamp - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Now Malkin> Crosby

  4. drewsylvania - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Marc Savard was just as good a playmaker as Jumbo Joe. I guess lack of longevity keeps him off the list.

  5. datsyukdominates - Sep 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    To not include Datsyuk in this list is a travesty.

  6. juzzi7 - Sep 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I think Patrick Kane is a heck of a playmaker, on and off the ice

  7. danphipps01 - Sep 19, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Fedorov and Sakic were less capable playmakers than Henrik Sedin?

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