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Monday, September 16, 2013
Henrik Lundqvist ranked No. 1

By Katie Strang

To kick off the 2013-14 season, ESPN.com polled a list of "experts" to weigh in on the top players around the NHL by position.

Following another spectacular season in 2012, the Rangers' own Henrik Lundqvist came in as No. 1, and for good reason. After a sensational 2011-12 season, for which he captured the Vezina Trophy, Lundqvist led the Rangers to the second round of the playoffs with one of his most consistent and dazzling campaigns yet.

The 31-year-old Swedish netminder led the league with 24 regular-season wins during the lockout-shortened season and posted impressive numbers while shouldering a heavy workload down the stretch. Lundqvist finished the truncated schedule with a 2.05 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.

And if there's anyone who appreciates this No. 1 ranking more than Lundqvist himself, it has to be his agent, Don Meehan of Newport Sports. Meehan, of course, will be representing Lundqvist as he looks to cash in on a monster long-term deal.

Lundqvist is currently in the last year of a six-year, $41.25 million deal and is in line for a well-deserved raise. The "king" will be seeking a king's ransom and, as the poll shows, he's worth it.

After the first day of on-ice workouts in training camp, Lundqvist said his camp was "still talking" with the Rangers about an extension, though he is prepared to cut off discussions at any point should they prove to be a distraction during the regular season.