See where Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson ranked in NHL's top 50 players

Julia Karron
NBC Sports Washington

Earlier this offseason, Washington Capitals top-line center Nicklas Backstrom was ranked as the 18th best center in the NHL, while John Carlson was ranked as the sixth-best defenseman.

Now, we know where they stand as the top 50 players right now: Backstrom ranks 48th, while Carlson ranks 36th.

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Carlson and Backstrom were ranked as the ninth and 10th best players in the Metropolitan Division, respectively. The only other Caps player ranked higher was Alex Ovechkin, who ranked second behind the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby.

The combination of Carlson, Backstrom and Ovechkin are joined by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Braden Holtby in the NHL's position rankings. Kuzy was ranked as the 17th best center, just ahead of Backstrom, and Holtby was named the seventh-best goalie.

Where could we see Ovi, Holtby and Kuzy in future rankings? Ovechkin likely ranks in the top 10, but Kuzy and Holtby are harder to pinpoint. Given that neither Holtby nor Kuznetsov were ranked as top 10 players in the Metro Division, it's possible one or the other could be left out of the top 50 entirely. We'll just have to wait and see.

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