TSN Reveals the NHL’s Best Players in the Seventh Annual TSN HOCKEY TOP 50 PLAYERS Special, airing Friday, October 7 at 11:30 a.m. ET on TSN5

— October 4, 2016

– TSN’s signature annual player ranking special features host James Duthie, TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button, and analysts Dave Poulin and Martin Biron –
– The full list will be available on TSN.ca immediately following the broadcast on Friday, Oct. 7 at 12 noon ET –

TORONTO (October 4, 2016) – TSN reveals the network’s comprehensive list of the best NHL players in the seventh annual TSN HOCKEY TOP 50 PLAYERS special, airing Friday, Oct. 7 at 11:30 a.m. ET on TSN5. TSN recaps the rankings that evening in prime-time with an encore broadcast of the special at 11 p.m. ET on TSN. Host James Duthie leads TSN’s studio coverage alongside TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button and analysts Dave Poulin, and Martin Biron as they count down the composite ranking of the top goalies, defencemen, and forwards in the league – as determined by a selection of TSN experts and NHL GMs. TSN.ca will feature the full Top 50 list and a breakdown of the ranking immediately following the broadcast at 12 noon ET. Coverage of the TSN HOCKEY TOP 50 PLAYERS is available for live streaming to TSN subscribers through TSN.ca and the TSN GO app. Key Storylines Leading up to the 2016 edition of the TSN HOCKEY TOP 50 PLAYERS, here are some key storylines to watch out for:
  • Sidney Crosby has been named the #1 player for six straight seasons – will the captain of the champion Pittsburgh Penguins retain his top spot?
  • 2015 #1 draft pick Connor McDavid was ranked #37 last year, becoming the first player with no NHL experience named to the Top 50 – how high will he rank this season?
  • Will 2016 #1 draft pick Auston Matthews become the second player to crack the Top 50 before playing a single NHL regular season game?
  • Johnny Gaudreau doesn’t have a contract, but Johnny Hockey is sure to have a place in the Top 50: the question is – where?
  • P.K. Subban and Shea Weber are likely linked together forever by the summertime blockbuster trade – how far apart will they be in the Top 50 and who will get top billing?
TSN HOCKEY TOP 50 PLAYERS follows BOB MCKENZIE’S PRE-SEASON DRAFT RANKING special, part of TSN’s industry-leading pre-season hockey coverage. Hockey on TSN TSN is home to the Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Ottawa Senators as part of its package of 130+ regional NHL games. TSN delivers a package of 50+ Jets games in the Jets’ designated broadcast region on TSN3, 26 Leafs games in the Leafs’ designated broadcast region on TSN4, and 50+ Senators games in the Senators’ designated broadcast region on TSN5. TSN complements its live hockey coverage with Canada’s fan-favourite hockey news and information programming, featuring the hockey world’s most trusted team of Hockey Insiders and analysts. TSN’s industry-leading hockey programming includes SPORTSCENTRE, TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY, THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE, and the network’s slate of signature NHL specials including TRADECENTRE, FREE AGENT FRENZY, FANTASY DRAFT, TOP 50 PLAYERS, and BOB MCKENZIE’S PRE-SEASON DRAFT RANKING. Champions Live Here as TSN is the exclusive broadcaster of Hockey Canada, delivering marquee international events such as the IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, IIHF ICE HOCKEY U18 WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, and WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE, as well as domestic events including the WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE, TELUS CUP, ESSO CUP, RBC CUP, ALLAN CUP, and the Order of Hockey in Canada. TSN’s slate of live hockey programming also features exclusive coverage of the SPENGLER CUP, as well as NCAA Division I coverage including the FROZEN FOUR.

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