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The top 5 NHL players whose names begin with 'F'

From Fedorov to Foppa to Fuhr, here are the top five NHL players with last names that begin with the letter "F." Be sure to vote for the best of the five in the poll below, and follow along all month long as we run through the alphabet.

Justin Edmonds

It's one thing to rank the best players in the history of the NHL. But that's almost too easy. Instead, we've decided to go letter by letter through the alphabet, then rank the best players based on the first letter of their last name.

Today, we show longevity isn't all that matters as we tackle the letter "F."

Here's how it works: I've gone through the history of the NHL and plucked the players I believe to be the best with "F" last names. But this isn't my decision completely. Each of these lists over the next five weeks will have a poll attached to it.

Look at the list and vote on the player you think is the best below, and (kindly) let us know in the comments if you disagree with our top five. The five players are listed in alphabetical order.

Sergei Fedorov

He was somewhat mercurial, it always seemed, but yet Sergei Fedorov possessed skill and "want-to" unparalleled in his era.

While Fedorov was a superb two-way player, and also quite versatile, his claim to fame came during playoff time. Here's every goal Fedorov scored in the 1997, 1998, and 2002 playoffs, as he and the Red Wings hoisted the Stanley Cup three times.

That's 23 goals, in case you lost count.

Fedorov spent time with Anaheim and Columbus, along with Washington, before he was done in the NHL. But he's most remembered for his run in Detroit, where he rang up nine of his ten 30-goal seasons. He finished in the NHL with 483 goals and 1,179 points. He added 176 points in 183 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Told you he could perform in the postseason.

Theo Fleury

These days, the name "Theo Fleury" has become synonymous with his advocacy against child sexual abuse, as he uses his experiences to try to educate and encourage other victims to speak out.

On the ice, he was a prolific scorer despite his size. Fleury scored 455 goals and topped 1,000 points in his playing career. One of his 34 career playoff goals led to this legendary Game 7 celebration against Edmonton.

Fleury was also famous enough during his career to be the subject of this hilarious Nike commercial (sorry, can't embed it) back in the day.

Peter Forsberg

This is where production has to be weighed against longevity. There's no doubt that if Forsberg could have stayed healthy, he'd be considered one of the greats of all-time. Talent-wise, there's no denying his place.

Forsberg averaged 1.25 points per game over his NHL career, 885 points in 708 games. He was almost as productive in the playoffs, going off for 171 points in 151 games.

However, the physical nature of his style of play kept him from remaining fully healthy and his feet eventually betrayed him, shortening his career. Forsberg posted two 100-point seasons with the Avalanche, including his Hart Trophy season of 2003 after missing the entire 2001-2002 season.

(Forsberg had his spleen removed during the 2001 playoffs, took the next regular season off, returned for the postseason, and posted 27 points in 20 games.)

Just imagine what these career numbers would have been if Forsberg had been able to play 60-plus games in more than the seven seasons he did.

Ron Francis

While Ron Francis might not jump off the page as a huge NHL star, his numbers would argue that he indeed was. Francis starred in Hartford and Pittsburgh before heading to Carolina to play for the Whalers' franchise after it relocated. He performed consistently at a point-per-game rate for a long career of over 1,700 NHL games.

He threw in 44 points as the Penguins went back-to-back with Cups in 1991 and 1992.

Francis was a dogged two-way player, winning a Selke Trophy in 1995. He won the Lady Byng three times, and his 1,798 points still rank him fourth all-time.

He's stayed in the NHL, and Francis is now the GM of the Hurricanes.

Grant Fuhr

Forget what you may have read. He wasn't an overrated goalie who rode Wayne Gretzky's coattails to Cup after Cup.

Sure, Fuhr's .887 career save percentage isn't impressive. But remember, he didn't play in the "dead puck" era. He played when goals came left and right, even during playoff games.

Fuhr won 403 regular season games, added 92 playoff wins, and has his name on the Stanley Cup four times. His 14 assists in the 1983-84 season are still a single-season goalie record, and he was deemed a good enough backstop to win the Vezina in 1988.

Players have to be judged on the eras in which they played. Under that guideline, Fuhr is definitely one of the best. Having great teams to play on helped, but he still made huge saves and was a big part of championship squads in Edmonton.