FanHouse's Adam Gretz takes a look at his top 50 players in the NHL. No. 19 is Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf.
If I were taking into account age and long-term upside, and compiling a list of the Top 50 players I'd want to build my team around for the next 10 years, Ryan Getzlaf would definitely be in my top-10, probably in my top-five. As it stands right now, I have him at No. 19 overall, and No. 6 among centers.
Draft Year: 2003
Like Philadelphia, the Anaheim Ducks made out like bandits in 2003 coming away with Getzlaf at No. 19, and Corey Perry at No. 28
Why He's On My List
Getzlaf is the complete package as a hockey player: big, strong, great playmaking abilities, goal-scorer, fighter. Everything you could ever possibly want. His goal numbers have remained steady for the past three seasons (his goals-per-minute numbers have actually gone down a little bit) while his assist numbers have skyrocketed. His 91 points were good enough for sixth in the NHL during the regular season, and he continued to elevate his game in the playoffs, recording 18 points (also good enough for sixth in the NHL) in 13 games. Two-time All-Star, Stanley Cup champion, and a player that's going to be an elite performer for the next 10-plus years.
Obligatory YouTube Video
Getzlaf scores a shorthanded goal against the Minnesota Wild during the 2008 playoffs.