Since there weren't any NHL games to play during the final week of December, many of the world's best players competed in the Spengler Cup for the first time in their careers.
Team Canada, which was led by a number of NHL stars, captured its first Spengler Cup championship since 2007. Canada defeated HC Davos 7-2 in the tournament final.
Let's rank the best NHL players who participated in the 2012 Spengler Cup.
5. Devan Dubnyk, Goaltender, Canada
Devan Dubnyk played well for Team Canada and was the best goaltender at the tournament.
Canada allowed just three goals in its last three games of the tournament and Dubnyk's impressive performances were a major reason why.
Dubnyk allowed two goals in the final game versus HC Davos and gave his team a chance to win each game he played in.
The Edmonton Oilers are hoping Dubnyk will develop into a top-tier goaltender this season because his team does have a chance to make the playoffs.
4. Dennis Seidenberg, Defenseman, Adler Mannheim
The only German team in the 2012 Spengler Cup was Adler Mannheim and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was its best player.
The German star played exceptional defense and did his best to help the team advance to the knockout rounds. He also scored a goal in the second game of the tournament.
Unfortunately for Adler Mannheim, it didn't have enough firepower to defeat Swiss team HC Fribourg-Gottéron in the quarterfinal.
3. Joe Thornton, Center, HC Davos
Joe Thornton is an offensive machine in the NHL and he was very productive in the Spengler Cup for HC Davos.
The San Jose Sharks star scored two goals to go along with three assists. He finished with five points, which placed him at the top of the tournament's scoring leaderboard alongside a few other players.
Thornton's goal in the semifinal versus HC Vítkovice Steel tied the game 4-4 in the third period. He also added an assist in the final versus Canada.
2. Patrice Bergeron, Center, Canada
Patrice Bergeron did a little bit of everything for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup. He played great defense, excelled as a playmaker and took several faceoffs.
He tied for the tournament lead with four assists and also tied for the scoring lead with five points.
Bergeron was excellent in the final with a goal and three assists, and he was one of the most consistent players at the tournament.
Bergeron was one of three Boston Bruins players (Tyler Seguin of Canada and Dennis Seidenberg of Adler Mannheim) to play in the 2012 Spengler Cup.
1. Patrick Kane, Winger, HC Davos
Patrick Kane was the leading goal scorer at the Spengler Cup with four goals in four games, and he also added an assist.
Kane's offensive production was a major reason why HC Davos advanced to the tournament final for the third time in the last four years.
He scored two goals in the semifinal, including the game-winner, and assisted on Raphael Diaz's goal in the final.
Even though there wasn't a ton of quality competition at this tournament, seeing Kane score a lot of goals is an encouraging sign for Chicago Blackhawks fans.
He scored just 23 goals during the 2011-12 NHL season, which was his lowest single-season total since his rookie year.
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