August 16, 2012

Bergeron, Chara make Hockey News' list of top 50 players

By Jesse Connolly

The Hockey News has unleashed its annual yearbook, previewing the 2012-13 campaign. Included in the issue is the magazine’s ranking of the top 50 players in the NHL today.

Two Bruins made the list.

Zdeno Chara was ranked ninth overall and trailed only Drew Doughty (sixth) of the Kings among defensemen. In his assessment of the B’s captain, Ken Campbell said, “Sometimes people forget what a dominant force Chara is and how consistently good he is. Perhaps that’s why he’s won only one Norris Trophy.”

Alternate captain Patrice Bergeron placed 27th on the list. Campbell wrote that Bergeron, the 2012 winner of the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward, “drives the bus in Boston.”

In climactic fashion, here are a few other noteworthy players that made the list:

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.