"It's easy to see Staal being a point-per-game player for the next decade."
"[Ward] has the ability and temperament to be a star, but he needs to display it all the time."
— From The Hockey News Yearbook Top 50 players feature. Staal was ranked the No. 8 player in the NHL (behind only Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Zdeno Chara, Roberto Luongo and Ryan Getzlaf), while Ward came in at No. 46, eighth among goalies. Staal ranked 19th last year, while Ward is appearing on the list for the first time.