So taken large interest in Jaye's PKLC Man Crush of the Night I though I'd take a look at who the top players in the NHL where through the first 10% of the season (19 teams have played 8 or more games).
Eastern Conference Man Crush: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
8 Goals (Leads League)
15 points (Leads League)+/- +6
Born February 7th, 1990 Steven Stamkos could have graduated High School with me and Jordan yet he is leading the NHL in points while leading the Lightning to a 5-2-1 start. After putting up only 46 points in his rookie year he posted 95 last year and is on an outstanding pace this season. Avalanche fans like myself only hope sophomore Matt Duchene can match his performance, and talking about the Avalanche brings me to our Western Conference crush.
Western Conference Man Crush: John Michael Liles, Colorado Avalanche
10 Assist (Leads League)
Assist in each of first 8 games (Ties NHL record)
John Michael Liles has been the subject to a lot of conversation among the Avalanche community over the last 7 seasons: "star in the making", "when will he get over the hump", "will he ever get back to his early form", "Is this the year JML is traded?", and then last season the ever so popular "JML in the doghouse, again". Now 30 years old and in his 7th NHL season Liles is playing like he was at 23 and making Avalanche coach Joe Sacco unable to say anything bad. Plus as Jaye Horbay has said "The guy is just so damn pretty!" lets not forget Jaye denounces Ice Girls (Just Sayin').