Building The All-NHL Team of the 2010s

If you could build the ultimate NHL Dream Team for the 2010s, which player would you select first? Alexander Ovechkin? Sidney Crosby? Maybe you’d go with a defenseman, or goaltender? It’s fun to think about building such a team.

There are plenty of great players to choose from too. When putting together a true team, you can’t just go down the line and pick the best players, regardless of position though. You have to think about what players will be on which lines. You need an equal balance of centermen, wingers and defenseman.

For our purposes, we built four lines, with centers, left-wingers and right-wingers. Then we rounded out the team with eight defensemen and three goaltenders to build a 23-man regular-season NHL roster.

These are some of the best players in the league over the past six seasons. That includes both regular season and playoff performance.

You will find some of the better players in the league missing from this list though, just because there isn’t enough room. It’s like building an Olympic hockey team. Based on creating line combinations, there just isn’t enough roster room to include all of the best players available.

That being said, you’d be pretty happy as the general manager or head coach of this dream team. If assembled, it would be the most competitive team in the world. Here is the All-NHL Team of the 2010s.

23 C - Steven Stamkos

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22 C - John Tavares

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21 C - Jonathan Toews

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Jonathan Toews may not have the statistical prowess of some of his counterparts at the center position, at least during the regular season, but he is a fierce competitor and leader, who steps it up when the games count the most. The third overall draft pick in 2006, Toews has played with the Chicago Blackhawks since the 2007-08 season, when he was 19. The defensive-minded center, who won the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2013, can also produce on offense, having led the league in even-strength goals during the lockout shortened 2012-13 season.

20 C - Sidney Crosby

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19 LW - Alex Ovechkin

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18 LW - Jamie Benn

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17 LW - Patrick Sharp

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16 LW - Milan Lucic

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A somewhat polarizing player due to the physical nature of his play, the big Milan Lucic is nevertheless one of the best left-wingers in the game. Lucic is the power forward that your team needs to make sure it doesn’t get pushed around. A second-round draft pick by the Boston Bruins in 2006, Lucic broke into the NHL during the 2007-08 season and never looked back. In 2011, Lucic was a key factor in the Bruins hoisting the Stanley Cup.

15 RW - Patrick Kane

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14 RW - Corey Perry

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13 RW - Marian Hossa

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Marian Hossa is an excellent two-way winger whose value should not be underestimated. The former 12th overall draft pick in 1997 has spent 19 seasons in the NHL so far. Since the beginning of the 2010-11 season, Hossa is in the top ten among right-wingers for points during the regular season with 319. His value to his team can best be expressed by the often challenged on-ice rating. Hossa is a plus-102 on-ice since the start of the 2010-11 season. That is 26 more than the next closest right-winger, Justin Williams.

12 RW - Phil Kessel

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11 D - Erik Karlsson

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10 D - Kris Letang

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9 D - Brent Burns

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8 D - P.K. Subban

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7 D - Shea Weber

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6 D - Drew Doughty

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5 D - Duncan Keith

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4 D - Zdeno Chara

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3 G - Jonathan Quick

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2 G - Henrik Lundqvist

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1 G - Cory Schneider

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Some people will question the pick of Cory Schneider as a goaltender for a dream team in the 2010s. Let’s look at the facts though. For goaltenders with 100 or more games played since the start of the 2010-11 NHL season, Schneider leads the league with a 2.13 goals-against-average. The next closest netminder is Jonathan Quick with a 2.17 mark. Schneider also leads the NHL with a .926 save percentage in that time frame. Having split the net in Vancouver with Roberto Luongo for a few years, and then sharing the net with Martin Brodeur in his first year with New Jersey, Schneider has really only been the clear number one netminder for the past two seasons. As he gets more time in net, his win number will go up, and he will get more recognition as one of the best goalies in the NHL.

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