Defending the top 10 lists 

April, 7, 2010

I knew you'd all have some questions about the different top 10 lists that I've posted in recent weeks. And you definitely didn't let me down. With that in mind, let's go right to the mailbag to take on a few of your questions about those lists and a couple of other topics.

E.J., I understand why you said you were gearing up for complaints (about the top 10 goalie list). It's because that list is crap! Tuukka Rask deserves to be on that list. I'm not even a Boston fan. I'm a Sharks fan. Speaking of which, Evgeni Nabokov should be much higher than eighth. His numbers are better than most guys in the league. And, why isn't Miikka Kiprusoff on the list? I will give you props for getting Ilya Bryzgalov and Ryan Miller right. They have been 1 and 1A this year. -- Andrew Santi, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Hi Andrew, I appreciate your note. I love the passion! I think you make some good points. These types of lists are tricky. There were certainly more than 10 goalies that could have been on the list. I know that Rask has been very good this season. I just felt he didn't play enough games to be considered against the other guys on the list. That's just my opinion.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.