ESPN’s Craig Custance recently polled 14 NHL players asking them to name which superstars they would choose to start a franchise.
Each participant in the poll needed to list their top three players.
As expected, Pittsburgh Penguins center and reigning Hart Trophy winner Sidney Crosby received the most votes, with Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber finishing second and third, respectively.
Tuukka Rask got the most votes of any goaltender and finished fourth overall. The Boston Bruins netminder won the Vezina Trophy last season after posting a 36-15-6 record with a .930 save percentage, a 2.02 goals against average and a league-leading seven shutouts. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and former teammate Tyler Seguin each put Rask No. 1 on their ballots.
The next goaltenders on the list were Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. They tied for 13th place with three points.
Zdeno Chara was the only other Bruins player to finish in the top 10 of the voting. He placed seventh overall and second among defensemen.
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